May 23, 2012 |
AURORA, Colo. - On May 2, D'Avonte Meadows, a 6-year-old with an infectious grin and rambunctious streak, was suspended for three days from Sable Elementary in suburban Denver for crooning "[I'm] Sexy and I Know It" to a girl in lunch line. The school declared it sexual harassment and told his parents that, because D'Avonte sang the same song to the same girl before, he is a repeat offender. The news media pounced. And Stephanie Meadows, D'Avonte's 29-year-old mother, gave her bewildered son, a special needs student, a crash course in birds, bees and sexual boundaries.
July 28, 1986 |
When a keynote speaker at the annual gathering here of the Education Commission of the States observed that most school reform plans of the past have had no more lasting effect on society than "the hula-hoop and the Edsel," many in the audience laughed heartily. They knew that he was right. But the crafters of the latest blueprint for national change are determined not to add theirs to the list of reports that went nowhere.
August 10, 2000 |
The Clinton administration today will announce efforts to make college loans more affordable for students and to offer debt relief to teachers who agree to work in poor and inner-city schools. The changes are expected to save students and their parents $600 million over five years and reduce teachers' debt by $122 million over three years, White House officials said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 2, 1989
Increasing numbers of college students want to serve their communities. Some help homeless people find shelter and services. Others tutor children or teach the illiterate how to read. Now a coalition of more than 40 California colleges and universities, public and private, has agreed to help these students to help others.
September 16, 1985 |
Colleges are graduating students with too many debts and too little sense of civic responsibility and entrepreneurial drive, a Carnegie Foundation report said today. The study, by Frank Newman, president of the Education Commission of the States, urges research universities to overcome their antipathy toward technology and apply "the fruits of research . . . to practical problems in industry, the environment and society."
March 16, 1986
Beginning in the 1960s, mistrust of government turned young Americans away from public service. The Vietnam War undermined their faith that government knew what it was doing. Watergate said to them that there was an erosion of values at the top. Now there are signs on American campuses that they are turning back. Two marks of a civil society are a shared understanding that people depend on one another, and a willingness to balance private wants with public needs.
September 19, 1989 |
President Bush's impending summit conference on education is already a success simply because it is taking place, two Republican governors--speaking on behalf of the National Governors Assn.--said Monday. No matter what happens next week in the closed sessions, Govs. Terry E. Branstad of Iowa and Garrey E. Carruthers of New Mexico insisted, the spotlight will be on the national crisis in education. And that, they told a news conference, is what really counts.
May 23, 1988 |
A commission of political, civic and education leaders said today America "is moving backward" in efforts to achieve equality of opportunity for blacks, Latinos and American Indians. The panel, including former Presidents Gerald R. Ford and Jimmy Carter, called for renewed efforts to close the economic, educational and social gaps between members of those minority groups and the white majority.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 11, 1992 |
The formation of a new think tank on higher education in California was announced Tuesday, along with a $6-million grant from the James Irvine Foundation to fund the effort. The California Higher Education Policy Center, to be headquartered in San Jose, will study issues of access, price and quality of education in both public and private colleges and universities, according to Patrick Callan, executive director.
June 7, 2000 |
In Colorado, Roy Romer is remembered as much for his tattered World War II bomber jacket and barnstorming plane flights as he is for directing an economic boom and school reforms during his 12 years as governor. How well that colorful personality and high-energy management style play in politically tumultuous Los Angeles remains to be seen. For now, Romer is on a roll. The 71-year-old Democrat remains extremely popular in his own state.