December 8, 1999

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While certain businesses have long profited from education—just think of textbooks, cafeteria food, and school supplies—the new education industry is expanding into the area of instruction itself. Tutoring, college counseling, even running entire schools have all opened up as markets for the private sector. Third in a four-part series. Includes: "'Chance of a Lifetime' for Founder" and "The Business of Running Schools."
The federal government's loan of computers, software, and other instructional materials to religious schools is "entirely constitutional" under recent U.S. Supreme Court precedents, a lawyer for several parents of children in Roman Catholic schools told the justices last week.
California falls far short of providing enough qualified teachers for all students, a report released last week warns, and the children most in need of effective teachers are the least likely to have them.
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Mayor Jerry Brown has won the latest round in his continuing maneuvers to influence the operation and direction of the 55,000-student Oakland, Calif., school system. It now will be up to the city's voters to decide if they share their unconventional mayor's vision for education.
The plague of poverty, a lack of health care, and the specter of violent crime are some of the afflictions children face in the next millennium, concludes a report released last week.
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  • Room for Growth in New L.A. Plan
  • Youth Crime Rate Down
  • School Bond Lauded Online
  • Controversial Chief To Retire
  • Bus-Driver Shortage Seen
  • Death
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Nearly every state has gone to great trouble setting standards for what teachers need to teach and students need to learn. But too often, many educators say, the standards end up sitting in binders on school shelves, unused.
Chicago's drive to eliminate social promotion, which has won praise from President Clinton, is under investigation by the U.S. Department of Education's office for civil rights.
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Higher education systems in two of the most populous states are cracking down on students in need of remedial help.
The Harlan County school system is one of a number of districts in recent months that have been struggling over the posting of the Ten Commandments in schools.
Whether to allow students off campus for lunch can be a life-or-death decision for school leaders.
Below is an indicator from each of the national education goals. The states and jurisdictions are ranked in order of improvement, from left to right.

The report is available for free from the National Education Goals Panel, 1255 22nd St., N.W., Suite 502, Washington, DC 20037; (202) 724- 0015. It is also on the World Wide Web at www.negp.gov/reports/99 rpt.pdf. (Requires Adobe's Acrobat Reader.)

Following is a sampling of for-profit education management organizations, or EMOs, in the United States. Grade levels listed indicate the widest range of goals offered in any of the company's schools.
Advantage Schools founder Steven F. Wilson is a man with a mission.

In the 1980s, he started two technical companies that automate scientific and industrial processes.

The crucial factor that differentiates Gary K. Hart from lawmakers who embrace school reform only because of its political saliency, people who have observed him say, is that he has devoted his career to improving education.
New Jersey lawmakers are hammering out a plan that could result in one of the most expensive state-sponsored school construction efforts ever.
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  • Fla. Ready To Eject Affirmative Action
  • Diploma Goal Eludes South
When government agencies work together, they can increase the availability of child care for low-income children, but substantial problems stand in the way of improving services, a report from the General Accounting Office says.
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The San Bernardino County, Calif., superintendent of schools issued a news release last week proudly announcing a $3 million federal grant to underwrite program development for a "virtual" high-tech high school.
The federal government actually earns money by providing college loans directly to students rather paying out funds to subsidize loans by banks and other private lenders, according to a Department of Education study released last week.
The U.S. Supreme Court dealt a serious blow last week to a reverse-discrimination lawsuit filed by a white student over his rejection by a Ph.D. program at the University of Texas school of education.
As the home schooling phenomenon leaves the educational fringes and gains in popularity as an alternative to traditional schools, the need for information becomes increasingly pressing. Includes "Follow-Up: Home Schooling," a collection of resources on home education.
Here are some additional sources of information about research on home education:
Instead of a hefty research grant, Gregory J. Cizek takes on class-size reduction armed with a calculator and a cartoon.
John Dewey knew the structures of the school would not yield easily. William A Proefriedt declares that they haven't.
Hugh B. Price, president of the National Urban League in New York City, argues that if urban public education is to survive in the 21st century, it had better be a new day for urban children.
Leonard B. Finkelstein proposes several forceful actions that must be engineered on a national scale to bring a new sense of mission and possibility to the education of inner-city students.
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