June 23, 1999
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More than two months have passed, but Principal James E. Fish is still feeling the shock waves sent forth by the deaths of 14 students and a teacher in a high school 1,700 miles away.
The U.S. Supreme Court agreed last week to hear a Louisiana case involving government aid to religious schools in the form of computers, library books, and other educational materials.
Teenagers have had a hand in producing several sassy advertisements as part of the anti-smoking "Truth" campaign. Portions of one of the televised ads appear below. In this commercial, four teenage girls have a speaker-phone conversation with a tobacco executive named Bob.
Ann L. Brown, an education professor at the University of California, Berkeley, who did pioneering work in cognitive psychology, died June 4 at the age of 56.
Delaware State Chief Named Md. District Superintendent
Dubious scientists, health educators, and politicians have for years said it's impossible to stop young people from smoking. At least not quickly.
Using off-the-shelf tests for standards-based assessment is a "risky business," according to a forthcoming study conducted for the California education department.
Study: Voucher Parents Satisfied
The National Research Council, an arm of the National Academy of Sciences, has launched a 20-month study of the measures states use to license teachers and ways in which they might be improved.
Group Seeks To Align Staff Development With Student Standards
Now that state policymakers have begun to realize that what teachers know directly influences what students learn, the National Staff Development Council is mobilizing to push for changes in teacher-development programs.
Calcium Can Cut Risk
Of Lead Poisoning: Children in large urban areas continue to be exposed to excessive amounts of lead, but an increase in calcium in their diets can help reduce their risk of lead poisoning, a study says.
The following is a summary of fiscal 2000 state budgets for schools and highlights of education-related action in legislatures. The totals for K-12 education include money for state education administration, but do not include federal, flow-through dollars.
Less than six months after New York state enacted a law authorizing the state's first charter schools, a university panel last week gave its blessing to eight such schools, including three slated to open in September.
More money, a clearer mission, and a sharper focus made up the recipe advanced at a congressional hearing last week on improving the Department of Education's major research office.
Amended Juvenile-Justice Bill
Tacking on a slew of amendments, the House passed a long-stalled juvenile-justice bill late last week that would toughen penalties for juvenile offenders and provide schools and communities additional aid intended to thwart youth violence.
Studies show that moving from middle school to high school can be a pivotal transition in a student's schooling. But evaluations of the programs developed to ease students through that change are hard to find.
Studies on school violence usually focus on children and what can cause them to act violently.
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