May 12, 1999
The deadly shootings last month at a Colorado high school have lent renewed energy to congressional efforts to scrutinize the entertainment industry's role in marketing violence to children and examine what new steps may be needed to protect young people.
Rep. Peter Hoekstra, R-Mich., says he likes the idea of people helping people through the AmeriCorps program. What irks him is that the federal organization can't get its financial books together after years of trying.
Reading programs in school districts and states throughout the country have been revamped in recent years, experts say, to reflect the "balance" of teaching methods--from direct phonics instruction to an emphasis on rich literature--that scholars and national reports have recommended.
Ten states have signed on to a $2 million effort by a group of governors and corporate executives to create an 8th grade mathematics test that parallels those used in the world's top-performing nations.
Falling Teenage Birthrate Fuels Drop
In Overall U.S. Rate: The overall birthrate in the United States has dropped to a record low, in part because of the continuing decline in the rate at which teenage girls give birth.
Chairman William E. Kennard of the Federal Communications Commission will recommend full funding of the federal E-rate program, he announced last week at an event organized by education and library officials.