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    Headline Stories and Commentaries Saturday, February 02, 2002 Arizona Republic State tells judge it made effort on English issue The state says lawmakers
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      Headline Stories and Commentaries
      Saturday, February 02, 2002


      Arizona Republic
      State tells judge it made 'effort' on English issue
      The state says lawmakers made a ''good-faith effort'' to improve school programs for students learning English and that a federal judge should not order it to do more.

      Houston Chronicle
      Students taking part in TAKS field testing
      The new Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills -- or TAKS -- may be a year away, but testing has already started for some students. Statewide, about 227,000 fourth- and seventh-grade students will take a writing field test for the TAKS. Schools have from Jan. 28 through Feb. 8 to administer the field test.

      Miami Herald (Florida)
      FCAT helps schools track progress
      TALLAHASSEE -- For the first time this summer, parents of Florida students will be able to compare the annual progress their children have made on reading, writing and mathematics assessment tests to the gains by students in other public schools statewide.
      HOW SCHOOLS WILL BE GRADED

      The BBC (British Broadcasting Corporation)
      Alcopop students: True or false?
      BBC correspondent Mike Baker asks whether surveys about student habits accurately portray university life now grants are gone

      New York Times
      Public Education in Private Hands
      By WILLIAM C. KASHATUS
      Philadelphia, the cradle of American liberty, now finds itself in a situation that generations of its educational reformers never would have anticipated.

      Los Angeles Times (2 articles)
      Claim filed against LAUSD
      Group alleges illegal practices at Mt. Gleason and other schools, gives formal notice it will file lawsuit.
      SUNLAND -- A claim was filed against the Los Angeles Unified School District on Friday alleging district schools, including Mt. Gleason Middle School, illegally charge activity fees.

      Reader Responds -- Carlos L'Dera
      School supporter isn't telling it like it really is

      Akron Beacon Journal (Ohio)
      Pell plan may put programs in danger
      WASHINGTONNearly 100 education and health care programs in Ohio could lose promised funds under a Bush administration proposal that would divert that money to pay for a deficit in the Pell Grant student loan program.

      Chicago Tribune
      State schools chief resigns over tie to brokerage
      Illinois Supt. of Education Ernest Wish resigned Friday after state officials said he refused to end a consulting agreement with a Chicago insurance brokerage firm whose owner was charged with fraud this week.

      Scripps-Howard Newspapers
      The value of charter schools
      By JAY AMBROSE
      Scripps Howard News Service
      Charter schools aren't all that's needed to improve education in America, but they are an extraordinary social invention, an institution that would only be possible in a society of free, independent people used to doing things themselves, and they are making a difference. They are nudging the system to something better.

      Washington Post
      'We're Upset With the Embarrassment'

      Parents, teachers and school administrators in Prince George's County say they are ready to see an end to the distracting and embarrassing public feud between the school board and the superintendent.

      National Academy of Science
      Minority Students in Special and Gifted Education (2002)

      Additional articles for February 2, 2002

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      Commentaries and Reports


      Liberty For All
      Student Union
      by Aaron Biterman
      "All too often in America, students are shut down by the system that is
       supposed to be helping them succeed as individuals. Standardized curriculum and obedient conformity are the results of the mis-education of American youths. ... American education does not work because it stifles creativity and individual initiative..."

      TECH Central Station (2 articles)
      Fear and Loathing at Harvard
      By Nick Schulz
      CAMBRIDGE, Mass. -- President George W. Bush's decision to put on notice what he described in his State of the Union address as the "Axis of Evil" - the regimes of Iraq, Iran, and North Korea - has been met with everything from surprise to jubilation to mockery to hand-wringing worry.

      Dumb, But Pretty
      By Joanne Jacobs
      "Our fourth graders are doing PowerPoint presentations," the teacher says, proudly.
      It's no big deal. Manipulating software isn't hard for kids who've grown up with TV, DVD, VCR, microwave, cell phone, pager and answering machine technology.

      Public Education Network
      LOCAL EDUCATION FUND (LEF) LEADERSHIP: BASELINE SURVEY FINDINGS
      Many nonprofit organizations seek to make change.

      LINKING COMMUNITY SERVICE TO CURRICULUM BUILDS BETTER STUDENTS & CITIZENS
      Service learning stands at the intersection of civic and academic
      engagement.

      SCHOOL REFORM PROPOSALS: THE RESEARCH EVIDENCE
      To clarify what we know about public schools that are effective for all children, the Education Policy Studies Laboratory at Arizona State University invited a group of distinguished education scholars to review the research on a series of education reform topics.

      National Education Association
      STATE OF THE UNION, NEW BUDGET ARE HIGH-STAKES TESTS
      The nation's educators say the links between education and economic and national security have never been clearer. In a recent statement, NEA President Bob Chase said, "education plays a critical role in addressing the national recession."

      National Review
      Black History Month: Why?
      And the Ivy League’s misplaced emphasis.

      Previous Commentaries & Reports      Jimmy Kilpatrick, Editor
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