July 14, 1999
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Monica Viega describes what went on in her classroom earlier in the school year as "Jerry Springer fights." Displays of anger and incivility among the 5th graders sometimes grew so intense that furniture would get tossed across the room.
Staff Sgt. Paul N. Jackson can offer the world to high school graduates who join the U.S. Army, but these days he rarely has takers.
Va. Toughens Standards
For Prospective Teachers
A news brief in the State Capitals section of the June 23, 1999, issue of Education Week failed to clarify that, under a rural education aid bill introduced by U.S. Rep. Chris John, D-La., any district that serves a rural area and has a student poverty rate of 20 percent or more would be eligible for funding, regardless of size.
When applying to college in the late 1950s, Hugh B. Price was determined to aim for the top. So he ignored a guidance counselor who advised him to shoot low, and wound up winning admission to such top-ranked schools as Harvard University and Amherst College, his eventual alma mater.
Education Minnesota broke the rules, and now it will have to pay.
Hillary Rodham Clinton, the 1999 recipient of the National Education Association's Friend of Education award, drew loud and enthusiastic applause with nearly every point in her policy-laden speech to delegates here--except when she praised charter schools.
Judge Draws a Line on Technology Aid
To Religious Schools: A federal judge has upheld a Wisconsin program that subsidizes Internet access at schools and colleges, including religiously affiliated schools. But the judge struck down a portion of the program that provided direct cash grants to religious schools as reimbursement for Internet hookups that they had already arranged for on their own.
The following is a summary of the 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.
Kills Test Amendment
The Republican caucus in the Wisconsin Assembly has voted to kill an amendment mandating the use of a high-stakes high school graduation test, a setback for Republican Gov. Tommy G. Thompson who had trumpeted such a plan.
When the House overwhelmingly approved a proposal authorizing the states to allow the posting of the Ten Commandments in public schools, it surely was aware that the U.S. Supreme Court had struck down a Kentucky law that required such displays.
The board that runs the federal government's student assessment is standing by the way it defines test-performance standards, but says it will investigate alternatives in the face of criticisms from prominent researchers.
The Department of Education unveiled final allocations last week for $8 billion in Title I aid that reflect changes in how the money is doled out but show few dramatic differences in funding for states and districts.
The U.S. Supreme Court has temporarily blocked a New York state court ruling that struck down a state law authorizing the Hasidic Jewish village of Kiryas Joel to maintain its own public school district to serve children with disabilities.
Congressional Republicans and conservative organizations are lining up behind a new accountability measure unveiled with much fanfare last month, but the plan faces strong opposition from Democrats and education groups.
GOP Bill Would Restructure
Clinton Class-Size Initiative
The House Education and the Workforce Committee approved a measure to restructure President Clinton's class-size-reduction plan on June 30, the day before $1.2 billion in fiscal 1999 funding for the program was mailed to states.
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