February 10, 1999

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The Clinton administration may be falling behind in the crucial task of drafting legislative language to reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act this year.

President Clinton's budget proposal for fiscal 2000 accentuates his high-profile school reform initiatives, but Republicans and some education advocates fear that it does so at the expense of existing programs.

President Clinton's fiscal 2000 spending plan targets funding toward his priorities, including his seven-year class-size-reduction initiative and the Reading Excellent Act, which focuses on teacher training.

In his six years in the Oval Office, President Clinton has consistently won the public relations war on education issues with attention-getting proposals like those he unveiled in his State of the Union Address last month.

To the Rev. Michael Pfleger, charter schools seem a natural fit.
The Denver school board late last week unanimously approved a new bilingual education plan that members hope will settle a long-running dispute with members of the Hispanic community and satisfy a federal judge.
The Philadelphia school board has extended Superintendent David W. Hornbeck's contract until August 2001, despite protests from City Council members and candidates for mayor.

Scholarship Program Expands
To Cover Students Nationwide

Every year when Robert Doltar assigned his students to dissect a frog, a few of them refused. So he wrote a software program that allowed them to simulate the process on a computer.
The Boston school board voted last week not to seek a U.S. Supreme Court review of a federal appeals court ruling that struck down a race-conscious admissions policy at the district's prestigious Boston Latin School.
The Chicago school system has taken legal action against a newspaper run by dissident teachers, which last month printed entire sections of the district's new $1.3 million high school tests.
Several students and civil rights groups filed a lawsuit against the University of California, Berkeley, last week, alleging that its undergraduate-admissions policies discriminate against minority applicants.

The nation's school superintendents last week urged districts to convene groups of local leaders to envision new schools for the information age, and offered them a handbook for the process.


Restructured Holmes Partnership Draws Record Attendance: If numbers are any indication, the decision three years ago by what was then called the Holmes Group to broaden its membership beyond education schools to K-12 schools and districts has found a receptive audience.

Federal Judge Draws the Line on District's Zero-Tolerance Policy: School districts' zero-tolerance policies on weapons, drugs, and alcohol may be running into limitations under the U.S. Constitution.
The St. Louis and Kansas City, Mo., school systems have moved a step closer to resolving their decades-long desegregation cases, which are among the most closely watched in the nation.
A proposal by Gov. Benjamin J. Cayetano to grant two new schools in Hawaii the freedom to design their own curricula, manage their own budgets, and even eliminate collective bargaining has caught educators and legislators off guard and left many asking for details.
This year, teachers in Middletown, Conn., are learning how to improve their students' literacy skills at a new district training center.
Kansas City, Mo., school board members have accused the state's law-enforcement agencies of squirreling away millions of dollars of seized drug money that they say rightfully belongs to public schools.
Gov. James B. Hunt Jr. of North Carolina unveiled an ambitious plan last week for ensuring that his education reform initiatives extend beyond his final two years in office.

Davis Names Four to School Board; Ky. Seeks New Testing Chief--Again

The Department of Education will give every state an incomplete on its reading performance when it releases "the nation's report card" this week.

Public and religious schools often find themselves on opposite sides of the debate when it comes to federal education programs. But last week, an unusual alliance of 14 organizations--including the National Education Association and the U.S. Catholic Conference--urged Congress to keep vouchers and block grants off the table when it comes to Title I.

Longanecker Leaving Department

David A. Longanecker, the assistant secretary for postsecondary education at the Department of Education, will soon be turning in his office keys.


Two fresh-faced Minnesota journalists got a warm reception from U.S. senators last month, during a week in which the Senate grappled with setting procedural rules for President Clinton's impeachment trial.

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