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While President Clinton and Republican leaders have pledged to make education a priority issue in the 106th Congress that convened last week, the long shadow cast by the impeachment process is raising questions about whether they will deliver on their promises.

Chicago's Roman Catholic Archdiocese plans to map out a series of radical reforms to ensure the future viability of its schools, including a push for state financial support for parents who choose a private education for their children.
Though the district's contentious experiment in private management is over, turmoil persists in the Wilkinsburg, Pa., public schools, where administrators and teachers are engaged in a long-running contract dispute.
The issue of U.S. News & World Report magazine hitting newsstands this week is sure to pique the interest of educators and parents in at least six cities.

California's Proposition 227 Challenged
In Federal Suit

At a time when schools are increasingly hiring uncertified vocational education teachers from business and industry, experienced vocational teachers with formal certification will soon have a new way of proving they're worth their salt.

Programs that prepare elementary school teachers would shift their focus to monitoring candidates' performance, under a proposed blueprint released last week by the national organization that accredits teacher education.

What do the program that was once called the Westinghouse Science Talent Search and the new Siemens Westinghouse Science and Technology Competition have in common?
With a state-imposed deadline fast approaching, the parties to the St. Louis school desegregation case announced a tentative settlement last week in their 27-year-old court battle.

The nation's most respected scientific organization is in the middle of a two-stage campaign to define how research on children's learning can be used to reshape what happens in classrooms.

Survey Finds Slowdown
Of Students' Drug Use

After a fractious initiation rite, New York has joined the fraternity of states that authorize the independent breed of public schools known as charter schools.
Short-term economic forecasts could help state lawmakers deliver on their high-priority agenda items, including reducing class sizes, improving teacher quality, and creating college-scholarship programs.

State School Board in Ohio Picks
New Superintendent

After a nearly 10-month search, the Ohio board of education has picked Susan Tave Zelman to replace retired state Superintendent John M. Goff, who left office at the end of December.

Declaring that "no one gets a free ride," California's first Democratic governor in 16 years unveiled a blueprint last week to put more pressure on teachers, students, and parents to improve the state's 8,000 K-12 public schools.

With moderate Republican Rep. Michael N. Castle assuming the helm of the House K-12 subcommittee, some conservatives are sounding a death knell for school choice legislation while others are wondering what kind of impact he will have.

Just as its passage slipped quietly through the federal appropriations process last fall, implementation of the Reading Excellence Act, a plan to raise American schoolchildren's lackluster reading achievement, is proceeding without fanfare.



More than 2,000 state, local, and federal education officials met here last month to consider the links between quality and equity in the classroom.

SLC Extends Application Window
For E-Rate

Schools and libraries applying for federal discounts on telecommunications have received a precious gift of time.

A new guide from the National Research Council provides information and hands-on activities to help parents, teachers, and child-care providers prepare young children for learning to read.
A new guide from the National Research Council provides information and hands-on activities to help parents, teachers, and child-care providers prepare young children for learning to read.

It was J. Dennis Hastert's 57th birthday and just three days before he was poised to become the speaker of the House of Representatives. Parents of boys in wrestling clubs all over Illinois called Yorkville High School to see whether he was still coming to the Illinois Kids Wrestling Federation annual tournament.

While the nation is unlikely to reach its eight education goals by 2000, the expectations they've raised have helped guide and inspire state efforts to improve schools.
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