March 31, 1999

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The increasing use of computers in schools is raising an instructional dilemma that educators find they can't shrug away: When and how should students learn to type?

As schoolchildren absorbed lectures on state history during tours of the Capitol here last week, California lawmakers were making history of their own by passing a school reform package that will raise the stakes for teachers, administrators, and students.

Faced with a proposal requiring that schools notify parents if a child's class was being taught by "an uncertified or inappropriately certified individual," the Texas school board reacted decisively this month. It voted 12-0 to reject the measure, which the state's teacher-certification board had hoped would call greater attention to the pervasiveness of so-called out-of-field teaching.
Public prayers before school board meetings violate the First Amendment's prohibition against government establishment of religion, a federal appeals court has ruled.

Calif., Texas Critics Eye
Corporate Logos in Texts

Michigan lawmakers last week finally reached agreement on a compromise bill that will shift power over the Detroit schools to Mayor Dennis W. Archer.
Educators have long suffered the biting witticism, "Those who can, do; those who can't, teach." But new research shows that, at least by one measure, teachers hold their own against people in other lines of work.
Students schooled at home score higher on standardized tests than their public and private school peers in every subject and at every grade level, according to a report that is being billed as the largest study of its kind.
San Francisco

Longtime NAESP Director Issues
21st-Century Challenge

Ending 18 years as the executive director of the National Association of Elementary School Principals, Samuel G. Sava challenged members here at the group's annual convention to design and build "a principalship for the 21st century."
It's all fun and games, but what if someone damages an eye?
Textbooks on computer keyboarding date back at least to 1986, when South-Western Educational Publishing began selling one titled Keyboarding, Formatting, and Document Processing.
New Mexico's Democratic-led legislature and Republican governor are headed for a showdown. And the battle--which centers on private school vouchers--may throw New Mexico's schools into limbo.
The House education committee of the Oklahoma legislature once again has swatted down Gov. Frank Keating's "4 x 4" plan for increasing the rigor of earning a high school diploma.
Lawmakers in Texas and New York are considering proposals to get tougher with school employees who have sex with students.
In the University of California's first major admissions-policy decision since its board of regents voted in 1995 to end race-based admissions, board members have approved a plan to admit the top 4 percent of students in every graduating high school class in the state.

Antonio R. Villaraigosa hardly fit the profile of a future political star when he was kicked out of high school as a junior for misbehaving one too many times. And things got bleaker when he dropped out after transferring to a new school.

Education research theoretically makes its way to the classroom in a fairly straightforward fashion. The researcher conducts a study and publishes the results in a scholarly journal. An educator or entrepreneur sees the findings and creates programs or products linked to the research. Then real schools test-drive the programs--with or without success.

Each year AmeriCorps has come before Congress for funding, there's been a knock-down, drag-out fight between Democrats who support the service organization and Republican conservatives who contend it's just another example of a bloated federal government.

The U.S. Supreme Court last week rejected the appeal of an Indiana school district that was seeking to revive its policy requiring that all students suspended for fighting submit to testing for drugs and alcohol.

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