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Secretary of Education Richard W. Riley urged states last week to consider adopting a common framework for teacher licensing, raising hopes that his support could lend new urgency to ongoing efforts to improve teacher quality.

Protests from community members and pressure from district officials didn't stop Mike Dunlap from delivering a lesson to his 10th grade World Cultures class last month. During a day the local teachers' union set aside as a teach-in on capital punishment, the Oakland, Calif., teacher and his students discussed the justice system, stereotyped images that police officers and urban residents have of one another, and the pending fate of some death-row inmates.
San Francisco school officials agreed last week to stop using race and ethnicity as determining factors in assigning students to school, as part of a broader settlement that will bring the district's 16-year-old desegregation plan to a close by 2002.
Museums large and small not only are expanding their educational programs, but also are beginning to design their guided field trips, traveling exhibits, and other offerings to fit the school curriculum, a survey has found.
The already startling underrepresentation of minority superintendents is likely to worsen, and current efforts to increase their numbers are "minimal," a report says.

Wis. Settlement Reached
In Open-Enrollment Dispute

It was a deal too good to be true.

A Houston businessman promised one high school student from each state and the District of Columbia a renewable, $10,000 merit-based scholarship and a shot at the American dream.


Oh, and don't forget about the "9-9-99 computer bug" and the "2-29-2000 leap-year bug."
While some school districts have completed their preparations for heading off the "Y2K" computer bug, most won't be making that claim for some time and are likely to be busy well into next January.
Schools and students in a handful of states may receive an unexpected boon from the $206 billion settlement that 46 states secured last November with the nation's five largest tobacco companies.
Gov. George E. Pataki's plan to change the way New York pays for its new prekindergarten initiative has left early-childhood-education advocates worried about his commitment to the program.


The Department of Education will allocate Title I money to districts this year using 1995 school-poverty estimates from the Census Bureau, as recommended by a recent National Academy of Sciences report.

For the past decade, the Department of Education has been expanding its presence on the Internet with the goal of helping teachers broaden their students' horizons.

Rural educators say they forgo millions of dollars each year because they lack the enrollment, financial resources, and poverty data needed to compete against larger districts for federal school grants.

High schools and adolescence grew up together. Before the modern high school took shape in the 1920s, hardly anyone thought about "adolescents" as a defined group

The young have gone from Victorian innocents and child laborers to modern 'superkids.'
The ambivalence that people feel toward children can be heard in Linda Bird-Davies' voice when she talks about her career.

High school sports have matured from virtual free-for-alls to community institutions.
Foul. That's how historians sum up high school sports in the early 1900s, when students, outsiders, and above all, chaos, governed the games. Before school officials took control, competition was virtually unstructured. There were few eligibility requirements for players, inadequate rules to ensure fair play, and scant or no precautions taken to safeguard athletes.

In a century of change, generational positions have shifted in unexpected ways.
What a difference a hundred years makes. The promise of a golden era of childhood and adolescence with which we began the 20th century has not been kept. To the contrary, at the end of this period, we now mourn what Neil Postman has called the "disappearance of childhood." It is particularly ironic that, as we leave the teen centuries, we have all but forsaken the teen years.
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