March 3, 1999

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Microsoft Corp. Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Bill Gates says every school district needs a "digital nervous system" that would help educators manage their schools more efficiently and serve students better.

"They treat me like a king here," said Albert H. Bichner, striding down a corridor of Northeast High School, one of this city's oldest and best-known schools.

Criminologists have warned of an impending tidal wave of youth crime, and over the past five years, many politicians have responded with tougher penalties for juvenile offenders. Some school leaders, jolted by a chilling string of recent shootings by students, have fortified campuses in preparation for more trouble.

After years of unmet promises to improve the Motor City's ailing schools, Michigan lawmakers are setting their hopes on a plan that would dissolve the Detroit school board and transfer power to Mayor Dennis W. Archer.

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Summertime will spell school-time for some of New York City's lowest-performing students, Chancellor Rudolph F. Crew told the school board last week.
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Beverly L. Hall, dispatched in 1995 to turn around the ailing public schools of Newark, N.J., has announced that she will move to the top schools job in Atlanta this summer. Now it's up to her yet-to-be-named successor to prevent the state-run system she is leaving from heading south as well.

Education Advocacy Group Shuts Down After 119 Years

Like cars and washing machines, teachers who graduate from California State University-Long Beach this spring will come with one-year warranties.
School districts and colleges of education have their work cut out for them in training teachers to use technology effectively, a report released last week by a group of business and education leaders says.
A group of Oregon parents and students claims in a federal lawsuit filed last week that a new state test discriminates against students with learning disabilities.
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In a gleaming, art-adorned building in the heart of the nation's capital, 65 special-needs students learn the three R's through painting, sketching, and sculpture.

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Senior citizens in a St. Louis-area district are heading back to school for a lesson in economics. And, oddly enough, a property-tax hike and a tutoring program are what's helping to make those older residents nostalgic for the three R's.

Could an Apple a Day Be Too Much?: Parents should keep track of how many apples, peaches, and green beans their children eat because those fruits and vegetables, as well as several others, may contain unsafe levels of pesticides, a consumer-advocacy group contends.
Mayor Jerry Brown of Oakland, Calif., has become the latest big-city leader to flirt with the possibility of exerting broad new power over local schools. A bill that was expected to be introduced late last week by state Sen. Don Perata would give Mr. Brown the authority to choose an administrator to oversee the city's 54,000-student school system.
It was one of his major re-election themes last fall. Then, he called for it again in his January State of the State Address. And, now, Gov. George W. Bush of Texas is a step closer to curbing social promotion, or the practice of advancing students in grade before they master grade-level skills.
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When they got together here last week, governors from around the country explored an issue they say every state leader is grappling with: how to pinpoint and replicate what works in reforming education.


New Study Questions KERA's Influence

Almost 10 years after its adoption, Kentucky's wide-ranging education reform law has dramatically equalized school funding statewide, but has failed to make a big impact on student achievement, a recent study has found.

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The appropriate federal role in schools emerged as a prime debate topic here last week, foreshadowing the discussion likely to unfold this year as Congress reauthorizes the main federal K-12 education law.

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The National Collegiate Athletic Association is not subject to federal anti-discrimination laws such as Title IX merely because its membership comprises colleges and universities that receive federal funds, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled last week.

The wind can whip fierce off the Continental Divide that cuts a path through this town, battering the western windows in Patricia Keathley's classroom at the Navajo Dlo'ay azhi Community School.
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