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Pacific Stars And Stripes (Newspaper) - May 18, 1983, Tokyo, JapanWednesday May 18, 1983 education Pacific stars and stripes 9 More reports due on schools by Christopher Connell associated press Washington the grim report son the nation s Public schools in the news these Days and More Are inthe pipeline Are getting a warm reception from Many educators who View them As a sure sign of better times to the two major teachers unions which in the past have exhibited thin skin when the Public schools Are attacked say they Welcome the critical attention. One reason May be that a common refrain in All the reports including the Blunderbuss from the Reagan administration s National commis Sion on excellence in education i that teacher salaries Are abysmally average for Veteran teachers has inched past $20,000 this year but salaries Start around $12,000, on a Par with secretarial jobs in some cities. Other reports followed quickly after the National commission delivered its tale of woe titled a nation at risk on april 26, a twentieth Century fund task Force of educators weighed in with a critique of the schools and a group of governors and business executives unveiled a pack age of Reform recommendations in Raleigh College Board is about to release a Progress report on its project Equality which is de signed to bolster the Quality of High school curricula while preserving the nation s commitment to equal Opportunity for students from minor Ity groups. Carnegie foundation weighing in \ still to come is a major report on american High schools that the car Negie foundation for the Advance ment of teaching has been working on for two years. Ernest g. Boyer president of the Princeton n.j., foundation said the first findings May be out this National science foundation panel on secondary schools will re lease this summer its recommendations for improving math and science Goodlad a prominent Educa Tion professor at the University of California at los Angeles is pub Lishing a study of schooling Book based on an intense minute examination of what goes on i several dozen typical american schools. Among his findings which have already appeared in Phi Delta Kappa Magazine is that schools often Kon up has some Verf ori6inal.thoughts differ drastically on the amount of time devoted to instruction. The National commission on excellence in education s 36-Page re port contained Little news. Its Litany of the schools shortcomings including High illiteracy rates the precipitous drop in College Board scores from 1963 to 1980, and the trend toward marginally useful elec Tives All had been chronicle before. Many states have instituted teacher and student competency requirements and Many school boards have accepted a Back to basics like the Man in the after shave commercial who gets a slap in the face the education establishment seems to be saying thanks. Needed National education association president Willard h. Mcguire called the commission s report Shanker president of the rival american federation of teachers urged his Union members to be receptive to change and to be willing to work with business and other leaders to improve the schools. Some experts believe the commis Sion exaggerated the plight of . Schools. Harold Howe ii a . Commissioner of education said i think american education has a cold. Most people think it has the flu. It certainly does t have the pneumonia that the commission Sug helped write one of the last major criticisms of education a 1977college Board report that blamed the decline in schola Stic aptitude test scores on everything from television to lax standards and Vietnam an watergate. Got heavy news play the commission s report Domin ated the news the Day it appeared and made the cover of s Boyer commented i think the Public response has been income ways predictable yet Surpris ing because the problems in the Public schools have been widely aired for the past five to 10 would t give the picture quite the negative twist they did said Oyer also a former . Commissioner of education. I d give the schools a c or c instead of an of and there Are some a s i d put on the report card Boyer said the soviet Union s Laun Ching of the first Man made satellite sputnik in 1957, spurred improve ments in . Schools As a threat to our National Pride As Well As this time the impetus to Reform is the growing perception that american children Are being ill equipped to Cope and compete in High technology world he said. Leaders hopped on Board business leaders provided the first impetus on that score Boyer said then governors got on Board. An you could almost make the Case that Washington was the last to Thomson executive director of the National association of secon Dary school principals said school improvements including tougher graduation standards Are already under Way in some places. But the National commission report will accelerate the Pace he think we re seeing that strange phenomenon called Public opinion being formed bit by bit said Thom son. You re going to see More enthusiasm brought to the task. And More Money committed to the task because of this handicapped pupils Given More attention Santa Monica Calif. A handicapped children have benefited from a 1975 Federal Law requiring special education services tailored to individual needs but its biggest effect has been on school officials according to a new study by the Rand report by Rand s Institute for civil Justice concludes that because of Public Law 94-142 the education for All handicapped children act school officials Are paying More attention to students Legal rights and the design of special education also concluded that the Law has spawned few court cases and thus has had Little Impact on the civil Justice system. It appears that the education for All handicapped children act gave the handicapped an advantage Over other groups that required special treatment. It did not however divert funds from the majority of children without handicaps for whom the Basic Core curriculum was designed the report from the private Santa Monica base policy research Institute was prepared by Paul t. Hill and Doren l. Madey. Between november 1980and August 1981, they interviewed officials from eight school districts in six states. Neither the districts nor the states were identified. It appears that pm 94-192 gave the Handicap Edah advantage Over other groups that required special treatment the report did not however divert funds from the majority of children without handicaps for who the Basic Core curriculum was researchers noted that since 1975, Federal funding for special education has grown to More than $1 billion annually and combined state an local funding has doubled to More than $11 billion. On average services to the nation s approximately four million handicapped children now Cost twice As much per capita As services to children without handicaps the report said

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