May 31st: CNN reports
on new National
Center for Education Statistics report on college debt. Nearly
two out three college grads leave with an average of 19,202 in
and Observer reports on Mary Clare who spent 3 grand this
year on stuff as a high school senior. Stuff including an 80
dollar yearbook, 40 dollar senior fee, etc....
The Times-Dispatch reports
on schools in the Chesterfield County area using portable classrooms
to alleviate crowding.
May 30th: The Chicago
Tribune reports that the Naperville Central High School
wants abolish class rankings. I think that class rankings are
a no-no as well, but you can still have your valedictorian.
York Times reports on college students who have yet to
complete high school or even have a GED. I think this is a
bad thing to do even if one of these college students is doing
Post reports on experts who disagree on weather preschool
should be universial.
May 29th: The Dallas
Morning News reports on a guy that has raised 50 million
bucks so far and wants to create some for-proft schools.
of Virgina has a press release of a new survey where they
analyzed data from the National Educational Longitudinal Study.
The study says that out of the 3,359 eight grade students back
in 1998 in the National Educational Longitudinal Study that
had an interest in science had only average math scores and
only 34% got a college degree in science or engineering. The
people behind the study want more emphasis in science in the
early grade levels.
Post has up an article on the Kalamazoo Promiss program
that gives money to students who graduate from high school
to pay for college tuition. The article stated that last year
in the November to February time period 265 students dropped
out. This year in the same time period the number was only
May 25th: The Boston
Globe reports that after the state of Massachusetts ended
statewide bilingual education three years ago that students
are not good enough to survive in a regular classroom according
to a new study.
Inquirer reports that the Philadelphia School Reform Commission
has an agreement with local union leaders to hire Philiadelphia
high school graduates in such jobs as plumbers, electricians,
and carpenters to work on local projects.
In a second article
the Philidelphia Inquirer reports that the interim school superintendent
in the Cherry Hill area wants to move to a hybrid version of
the IB program.
Jose Mercury News says that the State Supreme Court has
reinstated the high school exit exam.
May 24th: The Cleveland
Plain Dealer reports that he superintendent of a school
district in the Richmond Heights area wants to change the school
year to 210 days long with 8-hour school days from a 185 day
with 6.5 hour school days.
two reports up. Article one is
saying that the state of Wisconsin has a new law up saying that
sex education teacher must say that abstinence is the preferred
behavior for unmarried people. I say this is 100% lame!!!
Article two says
that the Illinois governor wants to lease or even sell the state
lottery to get more funds for the educational system. I say this
idea is a complete load of crap and all lotteries should be state
The Union-Tribune now
says that the science requirement has been changed for students.
Today says that a new NCES report
on science scores says that scores for fourth graders are up
but stall in grades eight and twelve.
Week people have an article up on ambiguity of student
preporation and the stuff needed for workers in the workplace.
May 23rd: The Christian
Science Monitor reports on the Milwaukee school district
Star reports on a new charter school that will offer both
a high school diploma and a college degree at the same time
& Observer reports that the Guilford County superintendent
wants to pass a plan that will pay teachers differently depening
on what you teach and where you teach it. They are attempting
to get more math teacher into the classrooms.
Mountain News is back again with a 2006 look at the high
school dropout problem for the Denver public school system.
It seems that fewer graduated in 2006, but they had more transfers
to other schools. In a second article
they say that black girls graduate at a higher rate than white
boys and the black men. In the third article
they report on one school that has lost a lot of students and
teachers over the past few years.
The Salt Lake
Tribune reports that a state panel is looking at high school
elective classes to see if they work with new tougher graduation
requirements that might get passed. The new requirements if
passed for the state of Utah will force one more year of science
and math on students who graduate in the year 2011.
Bee reports schools are creating back-up plans no matter
what happens in the exit exam battle.
Press reports on students in a construction occupations
Today reports on new National
Center for Teacher Quality report that says that colleges
use outdated and discredited approaches to teaching reading.
Post reports on the high school drop-out data. They also
have up one follow-up
article and a second follow-up
May 22nd: The New
York Times reports on amassive change in the amount of
principals. 50% of the positions have changed in the past five
Inquirer reports on the Knowles Science Teaching Foundation
which helps get math and science teachers into the classroom.
Diego Union-Tribune reports that they may change the science
standards for its students. Under the latest proposal ninth-grade
physics would be gone, students would choose what science classes
they want to take and the grade level they wanted to do it
Post reports on elementary students learning about personal
May 19th: The Houston
Chronicle reports that tucked inside of a property tax
relief bill is a new rule stating that most high school students
in the state of Texas are going to have to take 4 years of
math and science to graduate from high school.
that lawmakers want to make the NCLB bill more flexable but have
little money to fund the changes.
Inquirer reports on students that are taking algebra in
the middle school grade level. The also have a report up
on the Morrisville School District that forces all high school
and middle school students in sports to take a 30 minute after
school homework class. Students who do not go sit out practice
or ever worse sit out a game.
Bee has a much biiger article up on the appeal of the judges
ruling of dumping the high school exit exam.
Sector reports that states are inflating their progress
under the NCLB bill.
May 18th: CNN has three
articles up this time. Article one is
on new NIEER.org policy
analysis on the proposition 82 bill for the state of California.
NIEER says that for every one buck spent you will get back at
Article two says
that only North Carolina and Tennessee are the only states that
will be allowed to change the way they mesause student progress
un the NCLB bill in an experiment.
Article three is
on school districts that are dumping Friday classes because of
high gas prices.
Costa Times reports the state is likely to appeal to the
state Supreme Court on the judges rulling dumping the high
school exit exam.
May 17th: The Christian
Science Monitor reports on college student debt.
on schools that do not have school recess anymore.
Courant that more high school students are taking college
level classes while being a high school students.
Moines Register reports on bigger school districts are
having the larger pay increases.
Herald reports that Florida will not be able to change
the way it rates school under the NCLB bill.
York Times reports on the odd math that was used for creaing
the "best High School" list for the Newsweek Magazine.
Tribune reports that school students will now be taking
an online science exam starting in the spring of 2007.
The people at the ABCTE report
says that students learn more from people that have passed an
ABCTE Certification Exam.
Week People are now saying that starting this fall the
Teach For America program is going to allow some people to
work as preschool or Head Start classes.
May 16th: The Arizaona
Republic reports that a judge declined to suspend the AIMS
CNN has two reports up. Report one says
that U.S. Imigrants do not do as well in math, reading or science
as do native born people. Report two is
on why girls lose interest in math and science classes.
The Herald-Ledger reports
that the state is forcing all juniors to take the ACT exam. The
state thinks by forcing the ACT exam on students more go onto
Times reports on a student that will recieve a college
degree first than the high school diploma.
Bee reports on challenges to the ruling of dropping the
state exam to so students can graduate from high school.
May 15th: The Baltimroe
Sun reports that an estimated 10% of college students will
be in web programs.
The Herald-Ledger reports
that more schools are offering Chinese language courses for students
Times has a column up on companies that target young kids
to get them started on saving money.
Diego Union-Tribune says the high school exit exam has
been thrown out.
Post reports on students that seek tutoring help from places
like India. Some people are not happy about it.
May 13th: CNN now
reports that NO state will meet "Highly Qualified Teacher" status
rules in the NCLB this year
May 12th: The New
York Times has a report up on the French college educational
system. It is not a real happy report, colleges in that country
are overcrowded and under funded.
Tribune reports on students who have transferred on to
The WestEd people
have a short report up on what we must do to the educational
system so that students have college success.
May 11th: CNN reports
that lawmakers want to look into the uncounted kids as it pertains
to the AYP part of the NLB bill.
May 10th: The Atlanta
Journal-Constitution reports on a school district that
wants to make some changes is who are school nurses inside
the school district.
that more schools are facing serious penalities for not meating
Courant reports on a national panel that came to St. Joseph
College in West Hartford to look at the NCLB.
News reports on high school students that learn the Chinese
City Star reports that the state of Missouri will have
a state owned virtual public school if the state government
Times that the judge delays a ruling that would junk the
high school exit exam for the state of California.
Mountain News reports that Education Commissioner William
Moloney sates that new grads lack necessary skills to teach
that some colleges are seeing double digit drops in SAT scores
eventhough things such as class rank and college-prep coursework
remained that same or even got better from last year.
Week people report on a new ACT brief
that says that reading and math skills needed for the workplace
are at the same level as the first year of college.
May 9th: The Baltimore
Sun reports on schools that are putting physics class first
than other science classes later in the high school curriculum.
that a judge in California may put stop people from taking the
high school exit exam because the test discriminates against
Mountain News reports on a schools that are adding in skateboarding
into the PE class.
May 8th: The Arizona
Republic reports on students that do the "unschooling"
way of learning.
May 5th: The Arizona
Republic reports on a school that wants to study a change
from multi-grade claasrooms to single grade classrooms.
Tribune reports that the "Preschool for All Children" that
Gov. Rod Blagojevich proposed is not free for all when it starts.
that the Flordia legislature has given final approval of the
bill that will require students to choose a major before they
go to high school.
York Times reports that we have a shortage of people that
can create the tests that k-12 students take
Rivera Policy Institute have a new report saying that high
schools in the state of California with higher concentrations
of minority students on average have lower amounts of AP classes.
May 4th: The San
Francisco Chronicle reports on a special charter school
that focuses more on career than college.
May 3rd: The Christian
Science Monitor reports on career education for middle
on changes made to high school students and course rigor when
it comes to getting some college aid.
& Observer reports that teachers are split on the calendar
shift. One in five said that they would not like to teach if
the calendar shift occured.
Week people report on alternative routes that special education
teachers are using to relieve shortages worsened by NCLB.
May 2nd: CNN reports
on a new study that states that 33% of people ages 18-24 in a
new poll can not locate Louisiana on a map. Less than 30% feel
it is important to know loacations in the news and only 14% feel
it is a necessary skill to learn a foreign language. SAD, really
May 1st: The Baltimore
Sun reports on a middle school teacher that uses real world
examples in the math class to make math fun.
Globe reports on a new Massachusetts
Institute for a New Commonwealth study saying that parents
in the New England states are putting an increasing portion
of family income towards college.
Paul Pioneer Press reports on the Breakthrough program
which helps get new teachers into the classroom.
The Newsweek magazine
reports on the best highschools in the USA.
April 28th: The Dallas
News reports that the Rockwall school district is goingblock
- St. Paul Star Tribune reports on a new study saying that
after-school tutoring did not help reading scores at all.
Commission on the States reports on recruitment of Science
and Mathematics Teachers
April 27th: The Miami
Herald reports that the local school district is considering
giving teachers a housing subsidy of at least 20,000 to get
more teachers to teach in the school district.
Francisco Chronicle reports on a new survey by the PPIC and
they say Californians like more tests for students.
April 26th: The Cleveland
Plain Dealer reports of parents that are visiting classrooms,
interviewing teachers and talking to fellow parents so they
can find the right teacher for his or her own student for next
that the secretary of education called the executives from testing
companies and the College Board on industry practices. A company
said that it could handel a whole lot more volume in exams.
Week people have an article up on people having differing
views on who really is college ready.
The Indy Star has two articles up. Article one says
that around 25% of college freshman going to Indiana's public
colleges and universities need to take remedial classes. Article two says
that the IPS school system is dropping the 6th grade from middle
school and testing every four weeks starting next year for students.
Herald reports on teachers that do not the new attempts
to change the four-year old class size bill that was passed.
York Times reports on a new study saying that teachers
and parents focus on different aspects of children. Teachers
focus more on external behavior while parents focus more on
The News & Observer reports
on teachers that need to prove they are highly qualified. One
teacher has been teaching for 29 years and she does not want
to take a test to prove that she is highly qualified.
Inquirer reports that two more PA. colleges are dropping
The Salt Lake Tribune reports
on efforts by educators to make sure that minorities
April 25th: The News & Observer reports
on year round schooling in Las Vegas.
April 24th: The Chicago
Sun-Times reports on the GO-GIRL program that helps girls
that are having problems with math.
Star reports on the need for more school nurses. Principals
and secretaries are used in the cash-strpped schools to give
York Times reports that more and more college students
are moving from college to college to find the perfect fit
before they graduate. Thi trend has been in place for the past
Herald reports on new reules to make it easier for parents
in the state of Vermont to home school kids.
Bee reports that vetern teachers are moving more to the
suburban schools and that the amount of teachers with less
than 3 years of experience is on the rise in city school districts.
Diego Union-Tribune has a report up saying that around
half of college freshman do not graduate with a degree in six
Post reports on a school that has no curriculum at all.
Students at this school need to only spend 5 hours a day in
April 21st: The Chicago
Sun-Times reports that only 6.5%, YES 6.5% of Chicago Public
High School freshman wind up getting a college degree by the
CNN has two more articles up on the "No Child Left Behind" Bill.
Article one states
that the Secretary Of Education is going to look at the uncounted
test score problem. Article two is
on tutoring compnay growth because of rule in the NCLB bill.
News reports that the Gov. has sined a bill that increases
the high school graduation requirements.
April 20th: The Boston
Globe reports that the Chinese language is growing big
time in the USA educational system. CNN reports
that China wants to train hundreds of people in the US in the
reports on a new poll saying that parents are way more confident
that students will meet the "Annual Yearly Progress"
gaols of the No Child Left Behind bill than teachers are.
Tribune follows up on the recent story they did on old
textbooks. They say that state lawmakers want to free up more
money for textboosk.
Science Monitor reports on the AVID program that helps
get kids ready to move on to college.
Even the Economic
Policy Institute now has a report up on high school graduation
rates. They claim that around 75% of blacks graduate from high
school with a high school diploma which is over 20% more than
Institute study I posted yesterday.
Plain Dealer reports on researchers disagreeing on how
many high school dropouts we have.
Inquirer reports on a new program aimed to get at least
50% of teachers to be minority teachers.
April 19th: CNN reports
that congress wants to look into why so many test score for students
are not being counted.
Institute has a new report up on high school graduation
rates. This report says the high school graduation rate around
70% for the class of 2003
Moines Register reports that school officials for the district
says that high school graduation rate of 79.5% is too high.
York Times reports that the city is going to pay up to
$14,600 in a housing subsidy to try to get more math, science
and special education teachers to teach in the needy schools
inside of its school district.
Week people report on a Center
on Reinventing Public Education report that says that teachers
in the state of Norfth Carolina with high licensing scores
are more effective.
April 18th: CNN reports
that a No Child left behind loophole causes around 2 million
students to not get scored so that we can track how students
score on standardized tests.
Times reports on new guidelines set for textbooks for the
state of California. Reading and English language arts textbooks
for Elementary and Middle school grades are the only grade
levels effected in the new guidelines.
Mountain News reports on High School graduation requirements
proposed for the students in the Denver Public School System.
April 17th: The Chicago
Tribune reports two seperate articles on Textbooks. Article one says
that 22% of districts are using textbooks that are at least 15
years old in the state of Illinois. Some books are so bad they
have to be duct taped and use rubberbands to keep them together.The second article
is on parents who are shocked at the prices they have to pay
for textbooks for his or her high school student.
News reports that the state wants to crack down on colleges
inside of the state that prepare bad teachers.
April 14th: The Kansas
City Star reports that education officials support the
change to ACT test from the MAP test in the state of Missouri.
& Observer reports on year round schooling and that parents
do not like the idea so well.
Times Dispatch reports on a school that is dropping the
April 13th: CNN reports
that most states say they are going to meet the "highly
qualified teacher" status rules according to a review of
data done by the people at the AP.
Pioneer Press reports on new math standards for middle
school students and some educators are not so sure it is going
April 12th: The Kentucky
Herald Leader reports that a new law if passed will force
juniors to take the ACT test.
times reports that a federal commission is told that inner
city schools in Californina do not have enough "High Qualified
& Observer reports on field trips that do not require
Diego Union-Tribune reports an AP article stating more
Idaho school districts are looking to go to a four day school
Jose Mercury News reports on a new virtual school for gifted
Week people reports that English is ther foreign language
every student is now being forced to take.
April 11th: The Oprah show
is going to have a 2-day speical report on the dropout crisis
Courant reports on a local co-op program for high school
Chronicle reports that Texas is the latest state to force
students to pass a finance class to graduate from high school.
Diego Union-Tribune reports on states having a tought time
making P.E. a required class.
Today reports that a new study out says that giving a laptop
computer to a student as part of his or her education might
not make a difference at all.
April 10th: CNN has
up a piece of a special report for the April 17th edition of
Time Magazine called Droput Nation.
& Observer also has a report up on high school dropouts
and some interesting ways they are getting high school students
to graduate on time.
York Times reports on parents that will let the student
pick the college they want to go to, but they will have to
pay most of the costs.
Press reports on a program for teenagers that gives people
between the ages of 14-21 job experience.
April 7th: The Jobs
for the Future people posted a new research report saying
that only 18% of students drop out of school while 60% of the
students who do drop out come back to get the high school diploma
or GED. I posted my comments on this report here.
Chronicle reports a new poll stating that 40% of the teachers
inside of the school district do not like the pay they are
Moines Register reports that a committee suggests that
the elementary kids start school first.
& Observer reports that Gov. Mike Easley now wants to
hire literacy coaches to help middle school teachers get better
grades for the middle school students.
Bee reports on the PIRG report that got released earlier
this week on college debt levels.
April 6th: The Baltimore
Sun reports that comparing performance between school districts
in different states is a problem becuase of different standards.
that states may lose federal money if they do not properly inform
parents of tutoring or to transfer to another school.
Times reports on a new James Irvine Foundation poll that
students want more vovational education classes in the school
system. The Sacramento
Bee also has another article up on this topic as well.
& Observer reports that soon parents in North Carolina
may get to view report card grades online.
Today reports on how the IBM company helps get new teachers
into the classroom.
April 5th: CNN reports
that students are spending so much time with computer graphics
they are not going into college with the proper drawing skills.
City Star reports that the state of Wisconsin has joined
in on the big No Child Left Behind lawsuit
York Times reports on gifted kids and the No Child Left
Francisco Chronicle reports that only 52.4% high schol
seniors correctly answered questions on personal finance. To
read the 2006 questionnaire from the Jumpstart website click
USAToday has two reports up. Report one is
on a PIRG report
saying that college debt is causing people to not become teachers.
Report two is
saying that more colleges are going SAT optional.
April 4th: The Hartford
Courant reports that thousands of teachers may face a new
review to see if the are "highly qualified" to teach.
Times Dispatch reports on foreign language and for more
demand for students to take foreign language classes.
April 3rd: The Cleveland
Plain Dealer reports on some Ohio colleges that are cutting
surcharges for out of state students.
& Observer reports on year round schooling and a change
that might occur to some students.
Inquirer reports on girls being better readers than boys.
Loius Post-Dispatch reports on students doing less handwriting
as they get older.
The Salt Lake Tribune reports
that female college growth is worrying colleges
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