January 20, 1999
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The U.S. Supreme Court should not open the federal courthouse door to lawsuits seeking to hold school districts responsible for student-on-student sexual harassment, the lawyer for a Georgia district told the justices last week.
If there's one thing the White House and Republicans in Congress can agree on, it's that after-school education is a top priority this year.
Kan. Principal Convicted
For Not Reporting Abuse
Though it is better known for underwriting reform in struggling, far-away countries, the World Bank is now pouring time and attention into the historically low-performing school system in its own backyard.
First 'Distinguished Staff Developers' Crowned: The National Staff Development Council has crowned its first two "distinguished staff developers."
The list of school reform models in the Obey-Porter law is not the only place to find a roster of purportedly "tried and true" improvement programs. Here are some newer, more comprehensive compilations that are inspired at least in part by the federal program:
Davis Pushes Modest Budget Hike for Education in His 2000 Budget
Despite his ambitious legislative agenda for schools, California Gov. Gray Davis proposed only a modest 4.6 percent spending increase for K-12 education in the 1999-2000 budget plan he released Jan. 8.
The U.S. Supreme Court declined last week to revive a broad legal challenge to Oregon's 1991 education reform law by conservative parents who claimed its provisions infringed on their children's "freedom of the mind."
Years before he came to Congress, Rep. Bill Goodling began sowing the seeds of a federal family-literacy program.
While some school officials are battling over student-harassment policies in court, federal and state law-enforcement officials want others to know how to prevent such problems and deal with them fairly when they do occur.
Vice President Al Gore has outlined a $10 million grant proposal aimed at helping districts design better, more community-oriented schools as part of his new "Livability Agenda."
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