March 10, 1999

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Nearly two years in the making, and almost one year behind schedule, the final regulations for the amended Individuals with Disabilities Education Act are now scheduled to be unveiled by the Department of Education by March 18.

Some school administrators fear a dramatic increase in special education costs in the wake of a U.S. Supreme Court ruling last week that districts must pay for individual nursing help needed by students with severe medical disabilities to attend school.

By now, the number has been repeated so often it's become a mantra: more than 2 million teachers. That's how many the U.S. Department of Education estimates schools will need to hire in the next decade.

New results from the National Assessment of Educational Progress suggest that the nearly decade-long push to reform schools through higher academic standards--and the tests tied to them--may be working.


High school principals continue to make only slow gains in salary, according to a new survey, despite shortages in many districts and growing evidence that principals are among the hardest educators to replace.

When Raymond Neag decided it was time to donate part of his fortune to the University of Connecticut, he passed up the political science department, where he earned a degree in 1956.

Retired U.S. Supreme Court Justice Harry A. Blackmun, a staunch defender of the separation of church and state during his 24 years on the court, died March 4. He was 90.

Charleston Chief To Lose Job
After Report's Accusations

Full identification for Joan P. Kowal, a candidate for the presidency of the American Association of School Administrators, should have been included in the Administrators column in the Feb. 24, 1999, issue of Education Week. She is the superintendent of the 147,000-student Palm Beach County, Fla., district.

Two years after he called for a new kind of teacher unionism, the president of the National Education Association reported last week that the movement to reduce labor-management conflict and improve school quality has taken hold.

Howard Juris, 69, admits he used to think of many teenagers as ruffians.

The National Science Board last week issued recommendations that are intended to inject more expertise into science and math classes and swell the ranks of qualified teachers in those subjects.

Prospective Teachers' SAT Scores Higher Than Believed, Study Finds


Prospective teachers who earn licenses to practice have higher SAT scores than most college-bound high school seniors, according to a study released here at the recent annual meeting of the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education.

Whether children are harmed by having mothers who work outside the home is a topic of great debate.
The New Haven Unified School District in California was short a hard-to-find science teacher just weeks before school was to open last summer.

The nonpartisan board that governs the "nation's report card" is complaining that Vice President Al Gore jeopardized the integrity of the tests when he announced 1998 reading results to a campaign-style rally last month.

The following states are among those that posted the biggest gains on the 1998 National Assessment of Educational Progress in reading. For the profiles below, Education Week asked policymakers to suggest possible reasons for their states' improved performance.
Thanks to help from fellow Democrats who control the California legislature, Gov. Gray Davis is halfway to passing his four-point school reform agenda in time for the 1999-2000 school year.
A decade after they first filed Connecticut's closely watched school desegregation lawsuit, the plaintiffs in the case known as Sheff v. O'Neill have been told to give it more time.

Santa Fe, N.M.

This artsy, mountain-fringed state capital was abuzz over vouchers during a school finance seminar held here by the National Conference of State Legislatures late last month.

John R. Silber resigned last week as the chairman of the Massachusetts board of education, ending both a political standoff over naming the next education commissioner and a stormy era for the state's public schools.
For the second time in less than five years, Ohio leaders have vowed to challenge a court ruling declaring the state's school funding system unconstitutional.

Schools and libraries will receive $1.66 billion in discounts on the cost of telecommunications services, Internet access, and classroom wiring in the first round of "E-rate" awards.

The Department of Education last week unveiled optimistic findings on the effectiveness of the revamped Title I program, saying they bolster the agency's position that Congress should stay the course in reauthorizing the program this year.


Three federal agencies have unveiled a $30 million grant program to support cross-disciplinary research in education.

FOUNDATION SUPPORT: Coverage of specific topics in Education Week is supported in part by grants from the Eli and Edythe Broad Foundation, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the CME Group Foundation, the Carnegie Corporation of New York, the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation, the Joyce Foundation, the NoVo Foundation, the Noyce Foundation, the Raikes Foundation, the Wallace Foundation, and the Walton Family Foundation. The newspaper retains sole editorial control over the content of the articles that are underwritten by the foundations. Additional grants in support of Editorial Projects in Education’s data journalism and video capacity come from the Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust and the Schott Foundation for Public Education. (Updated 1/1/2017)

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