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  • Rick Wilson
    IN THE NEWS THIS WEEK: MCAS scores on high school transcripts: Gone but not forgotten The chairman of the Massachusetts State Board of Education abandoned a
    Message 1 of 15 , May 31, 2002
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      IN THE NEWS THIS WEEK:

      MCAS scores on high school transcripts: Gone but not forgotten
      The chairman of the Massachusetts State Board of Education abandoned a
      plan to record state achievement test scores on high school transcripts, but
      he said he would reintroduce the idea in the fall, the Boston Herald reported.
      => Read the story at http://www.asbj.com/extra/extra.html#transcripts

      Two California districts consider changing or dropping exit exams, other tests
      Responding to protests that the Stanford 9 achievement test and the
      state-required exit exams are racist, the school boards in Los Angeles and
      San Francisco may change or drop the use of those tests in their districts.
      California law requires districts to use those exams or similar ones, the Los
      Angeles Times reported.
      => Read the story at http://www.asbj.com/extra/extra.html#exams

      Texas faces serious teacher shortage in math, science, bilingual ed.
      With one-third of Texas teachers retiring in the next decade, many teachers
      quitting after five years of service, and a rising student population, a
      shortage in certified teachers in Texas is looming, the American-Statesman
      reported.
      => Read the story at http://www.asbj.com/extra/extra.html#shortage

      NYC teachers weighing public opinion on potential work stoppage
      The New York City teachers union tested the waters for a potential strike by
      polling 620 city households by phone, the New York Times reported.
      => Read the story at http://www.asbj.com/extra/extra.html#stoppage


      Fitness measured in new Texas district report card
      Parents at an elementary school in Arlington, Texas, received a rating of their
      children's physical fitness, as well as suggestions on nutrition and exercise,
      reported the Dallas Morning News.
      => Read the story at http://www.asbj.com/extra/extra.html#fitness

      Internet pornography filter law violates First Amendment, say federal judges
      The federal Children's Internet Protection Act of 2001 was struck down by a
      panel of federal judges, reported the Philadelphia Inquirer. The law, which
      requires libraries receiving federal money to equip their computers with filters
      to prevent children from accessing pornographic Internet sites, violates the
      First Amendments rights of adult library-goers, the judges ruled.
      => Read the story at http://www.asbj.com/extra/extra.html#amendment




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    • Rick Wilson
      IN THE NEWS THIS WEEK: NYC mayor takes control from school boards New York City will soon join Boston, Chicago, Cleveland, and Detroit in making its mayor in
      Message 2 of 15 , Jun 8, 2002
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        IN THE NEWS THIS WEEK:

        NYC mayor takes control from school boards
        New York City will soon join Boston, Chicago, Cleveland, and Detroit in making
        its mayor in charge of the city's schools.
        => Read the story at http://www.asbj.com/extra/extra.html#control

        California may bar weighted AP grades
        Saying that not all students have equal access to Advanced Placement
        classes, a California legislative committee is considering eliminating the
        weighted grading system that gives AP students an advantage when
        applying to college, The Associated Press reported.
        => Read the story at http://www.asbj.com/extra/extra.html#bar

        Students provide tech support in schools, survey says
        Teachers and administrators are turning to their students when they have a
        problem with their computers and other technology, USA Today reported.
        More than half of school technology leaders say their students provide
        technical support in the schools, according to a school technology survey of
        811 school districts from the National School Boards Foundation.
        => Read the story at http://www.asbj.com/extra/extra.html#support

        More Americans educated than a decade ago
        Eighty percent of Americans were high school graduates or higher in 2000,
        according to U.S. Census data, an increase from 75.2 percent a decade
        earlier.
        => Read the story at http://www.asbj.com/extra/extra.html#educated

        Girls can do the math, but they don't like it
        Math does not interest girls, but that doesn't mean they're less talented in
        the subject than boys, University of Michigan researchers found in a study of
        more than 1,800 sixth-through 12th-graders.
        => Read the story at http://www.asbj.com/extra/extra.html#math

        Three-year-olds do well in federal early childhood program
        Children in the federal Early Head Start program for at least two years speak
        and recognize their surroundings better than similar children who are not
        enrolled, the Washington Post reported.
        => Read the story at http://www.asbj.com/extra/extra.html#program

        Washington special ed teachers plan to bail
        The state of Washington will soon face a shortage of special education
        teachers, according to a statewide survey by the Washington Education
        Association. Nearly two-thirds of special education teachers plan to quit the
        field within five years, reported the Seattle Times.
        => Read the story at http://www.asbj.com/extra/extra.html#plan


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      • Rick Wilson
        IN THE NEWS THIS WEEK: Schools cannot be sued for violating student privacy. The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that schools cannot be sued by students or parents
        Message 3 of 15 , Jun 21, 2002
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          IN THE NEWS THIS WEEK:

          Schools cannot be sued for violating student privacy.
          The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that schools cannot be sued by students or
          parents for violating the federal student privacy law, The Associated Press
          reported. The ruling protects public and private schools and universities from
          court settlements if they make educational records public over the objections
          of parents or adult students.
          => Read the story at http://www.asbj.com/extra/extra.html#sued

          NYC school board meets for the last time.
          Days after the state legislature gave control of New York City's 1.1
          million-student school system to Mayor Michael Bloomberg, the board of
          education met for the last time, The New York Times reported.
          => Read the story at http://www.asbj.com/extra/extra.html#meets


          NAACP charges racial inequality in Florida schools.
          Florida's minority students learn in overcrowded classrooms and are more
          likely than other students to be expelled, suspended, or labeled special
          education students, the NAACP said in a complaint to the U.S. Department of
          Education's civil rights office, The Associated Press reported.
          => Read the story at http://www.asbj.com/extra/extra.html#inequality

          Dropout rate rises for Boston middle schools students.
          The number of Boston middle school dropouts soared over the past five
          years, fueling the argument that the city's promotion policy is hurting
          students, the Boston Herald reported. In 2000, a total of 156 students
          dropped out of Boston middle schools, a more than 300 percent increase from
          1995.
          => Read the story at http://www.asbj.com/extra/extra.html#dropout

          Students are safest on Big Yellow.
          Riding to school on the school bus is by far the safest form of transportation
          for students. The most dangerous way to get to school is in a car driven by a
          teenager, The Associated Press reported. Even walking to school was more
          dangerous than boarding the bus.
          => Read the story at http://www.asbj.com/extra/extra.html#yellow

          School districts "pass the trash" with teachers accused of sexual abuse.
          School districts and victims of sexual abuse by teachers are suing districts
          that agreed to keep silent about abuse allegations if the teacher leaves the
          district, the New York Times reported. State legislatures are also cracking
          down on the practice of "passing the trash" by requiring schools to check for
          criminal records and by shielding employers from lawsuits if they give bad
          references.
          => Read the story at http://www.asbj.com/extra/extra.html#trash










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        • Rick Wilson
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          Message 4 of 15 , Jun 28, 2002
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            IN THE NEWS THIS WEEK:

            Supreme Court gives vouchers the green light.
            A split Supreme Court ruled Thursday that public money going to religious
            schools is not official state sponsorship of religion as long as parents can
            choose between secular and religious education.
            => Read the story at http://www.asbj.com/extra/extra.html#vouchers

            High school students in all extra curricular activities can be tested for drug
            use.
            Public schools can randomly test students who participate in extra curricular
            activities for drug use, the Supreme Court ruled Thursday.
            => Read the story at http://www.asbj.com/extra/extra.html#drug

            Pledge of Allegiance ruling is put on hold.
            A federal appeals court judge put his controversial Pledge of Allegiance
            decision on hold until the San Francisco-based court can figure out how to
            deal with calls for a rehearing of the case, The Associated Press reported.
            => Read the story at http://www.asbj.com/extra/extra.html#pledge

            SAT test gets a makeover.
            The SAT is receiving a facelift, but it will take some time for the tweaks to take
            effect, and it will cost more to take the exam
            => Read the story at http://www.asbj.com/extra/extra.html#test

            Smaller classes might not be better.
            Small class sizes water down teacher quality and don't raise achievement in
            poor elementary schools, according to a study of California's six largest school
            districts.
            => Read the story at http://www.asbj.com/extra/extra.html#might

            Parents want more than abstinence-based sex education.
            Parents say sex education classes should teach students about condoms and
            other forms of birth control, according to a survey by the Henry J. Kaiser
            Foundation.
            => Read the story at http://www.asbj.com/extra/extra.html#abstinence

            "Zero tolerance" expulsion overturned in Illinois.
            A Cook County judge overturned the expulsion of a 9-year-old boy who'd
            brought box cutters to school in a lunch bag, the Chicago Sun-Times reported.
            => Read the story at http://www.asbj.com/extra/extra.html#expulsion


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