March 18, 1992
Education Week, Vol. 11, Issue 26
Education I.R.S. Apparently Is Scrutinizing Student Compliance With Tax Law
WASHINGTON-A request by the Internal Revenue Service for scholarship records from Harvard University has raised the possibility that the agency may be more closely scrutinizing students' compliance with a law making some scholarship money subject to federal income taxes.
Education Calif. Lawmakers Approve $1.9-Billion School-Bond Vote
After dropping a pair of controversial proposals aimed at making it easier for school districts to raise funds locally, the California legislature last week approved a $1.9-billion school-bond issue on the state's June 2 ballot.
Education Oklahoma Voters Approve Tax-Limitation Initiative
The Oklahoma anti-tax activists who failed last October to force repeal of a massive school-reform and tax-increase law celebrated victory last week, after state voters passed a ballot initiative limiting the legislature's ability to raise taxes.
Education Thinking About Education
The Rutgers University sociologists Jackson Toby and David J. Armour suggest in the Winter 1992 issue of The Public Interest that the General Educational Development program offers greater benefits in the long run than most high-school dropout programs because it appeals to the motivated:
Education National News Roundup
U.S. Surgeon General Antonia Novello and the American Medical Association last week jointly demanded that the R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company stop using a controversial cartoon camel in its advertisements for Camel cigarettes because they say the character specifically appeals to children.
Education Detroit Board Set To Vote on Plan 'To Empower' Schools
The Detroit Board of Education is slated to vote next week on a plan that would give teachers, parents, and students at individual schools substantial control over their educational programs, budgets, and resources--including the right to purchase services from vendors other than the central administration.
Education Report on Welfare-to-Work Programs Calls for Focus on Children's Services
Welfare-to-work programs can be I "powerful catalysts" to improve the health and educational outcomes of children as well as the employment status of their parents, a new report, from the Foundation for Child Development concludes.
Education Foundations Seen Increasing Efforts To Evaluate Impact of Grants
NEW YORK CITY--Communication problems, power struggles, and the red tape created by government regulations and school administrators are the major barriers to evaluating the effectiveness of grants to education, foundation officials and educators said at a conference here this month.
Education To Maintain Trends, NAEP Scales Back Math-Test Changes
WASHINGTON-Citing the need to be able to track student performance over time, the National Assessment Governing Board has adopted a scaled-back version of a proposed revision of its mathematics assessment.
Education Group Agrees on Draft Framework for NAEP Test in U.S. History
WASHINGTON-Arriving at common ground in one of the most fractious fields in education, a group of educators and public officials has developed a draft framework for the 1994 National Assessment of Educational Progress test in U.S. history.
Education Quality-Management Movement Spurs Interest in New Awards for Education
In an effort to enhance their economic competitiveness, a growing number of states are creating awards that encourage schools, government agencies, and industries to pursue quality-management techniques.
Education Q & A: Researcher Sees Reason for Optimism in Social-Studies Texts
Social-studies textbooks have long borne the brunt of criticism aimed at classroom materials. Attacked as bland, "dumbed down," and superficial, the books have also come under fire from representatives of minority groups, who complain that the books ignore the contributions of their cultures.
Education Federal File: New hire?; Mass appeal; Signing off; Kudos
Digger Phelps, the former basketball coach at the University of Notre Dame, apparently was seeking a job in the Education Department last year, and officials confirmed he was being considered for an advisory post.
Education Desegregation Costs Put Ga., Ohio Officials at Odds With Districts
Ohio and Georgia officials have become enmeshed in legal battles with school districts over who should foot the bill for rising school desegregation costs.
Education Coalition Campaigns For Investment in Energy-Efficient Schools
Inspired by a report estimating that public schools waste $1.85 billion in energy costs each year, a loose coalition of education groups, businesses, and federal agencies has undertaken a campaign to urge school leaders to invest in making their buildings more energy-efficient.
Education 5 Districts, Center To Create New Vision of Schools
Five school districts committed to a set of common principles have entered into a partnership with The Center for Leadership in School Reform to fundamentally rethink the way they do business.
Education Accord Affirms Independence Of NAEP Governing Board
WASHINGTON-The Education Department and the National Assessment Governing Board have signed an agreement affirming the board's status as an independent agency.