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.
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.
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.
Prospective Teachers' SAT Scores Higher Than Believed, Study FindsWashington
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.
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.
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.
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.
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