This Week in the News…

Posted: January 5, 2001 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

Following are highlights of national news coverage George Mason received during the past week:

Sunday, Dec. 31, Washington Post

Blacks Battle Achievement Gap; Parents Unite to Make Sure Children Aren’t Shortchanged

“‘My judgment is that the issue of equity is the most pressing issue in American education today,’ said Roger Wilkins, history professor at George Mason University and a newly appointed member of the D.C. Board of Education who will take office this week. ‘To the extent that it focuses people’s attention on the need to focus on issues of equity, the emphasis on the gap is important..'”

Monday, Jan. 1, Sky & Telescope

“Recently, several astronomy courses have become available in which students learn via the Internet. For the last few years I (John Wallin) have taught such a course at George Mason University. I summarized my efforts in the November 1997 issue (page 68) of this magazine. Based on this experience, I believe that the Internet can be an effective way for some students to learn astronomy. However, as in so many other aspects of life, the devil is in the details.”

Tuesday, Jan. 2, Newsday

Clinton’s Last Stand / New regulations await Bush

“‘As the clock runs out on an administration’s term in office, would-be Cinderellas (e.g. the president, cabinet officers and agency heads) work assiduously to promulgate regulations before they turn back into ordinary citizens at the stroke of midnight,’ said Jay Cochran, a researcher at George Mason University’s Mercatus Center. Cochran traced what he called “Cinderella Constraints” since 1948 and found accelerated rulemaking in the last three months of a president’s term. ‘A race ensues to get regulations out the door, so as to achieve the executive’s ends before the deadline arrives,’ he said.”

Wednesday, Jan. 3, Knight-Ridder Tribune Business News

Washington, D.C.’s Big Holiday Sales Gift Retailers

“TeleCheck collected information from the same 462 D.C. stores it did in 1999. It also analyzed the checks written in the same 469 Maryland locations and 512 retailers in Virginia as it did in 1999. Stephen Fuller, professor of public policy at George Mason University, said TeleCheck’s results may not provide an accurate picture of the District’s holiday spending. ‘The data gives an incomplete view of retail sales,’ Mr. Fuller said. ‘Most people don’t use checks.’ Residents in the Maryland and Virginia suburbs, who are likely to have higher incomes, may have more access to credit and therefore use credit cards more than write checks, he said.”

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