March 31st: The Boston
Globe reports that Harvard University expands the low-
and middle-income financial aid program all the way up to 60,000
for free tuition.
Bee reports that we have around a 16% drop in the past
three years of people over the age of thirty that are going
back to college in the state of California.
Council of La Raza reports that providing proper tests
for English-language learners is key in complying with the
No Child Left Behind bill.
March 30th: The Christian
Science Monitor reports on online classes.
Herald-Leader talks about a new study on dual enrollment
students and if students taking those classes go on to college.
Inquirer reports on the high school drop-out problem as
March 29th: The Hartford
Courant reports on college textbook prices.
York Times reports on American students buying cheaper
textbooks made in India.
Diego Union-Tribune reports that science test scores might
be added into the "Annual Yearly Progress" part of
the No Child Left Behind Bill.
Post reports that 27% of U.S. Public Schools are not meeting
the "Annual Yearly Progess" goals on new preliminary
state-by-state statistics that were reported to the U.S. Department
Week reports on foreign language in the K-5th grade level.
March 28th: The Center
on Education Policy has up a new report on year four of
the No Child Left Behind bill.
Sleep Foundation reports that only 1 in 5 students gets
the right amount of sleep. Around 1 in 4 have dozed off in
class and around 80% of students getting the right amount of
sleep get A'S and B'S for grades.
Herald has an article up on the Teach for America program.
Inquirer reports on standardized testing for college students.
March 27th: The Christian
Science Monitor reports that the state Georgia of will
allow the Bible as part of the public school curriculum if
a new bill passes.
Herald reports that high schools across the Miami-Dade
area could change to career-themed academies next year.
York Times reports on schools having to cut back on other
classes just so they can meet the meet Math and Reading scoring
demands for the "No Child Left Behind" bill.
March 24th: The Arizona
Republic reports that Tempe students will have longer class
that even the University of Pennsylvania now wants to pay tuition
plus the room and board for students whose families earn less
than $50,000 a year.
that the Florida House has passed the bill requiring students
to select a major while going to high school. It was a strict
party line vote. People for the bill say the highschool dropout
rate will go down and people aganist the bill say it will put
too much pressure on the students.
March 23rd: CNN reports
on a proposed change on how you will have graduate in the state
Institute for Ealry Educationl Research has report up on
the state of the preschool educational system.
Star reports that Gov. Mitch Daniels of Indiana now wants
full day kindergarten.
News reports on a UCLA study
that states low spending causing fewer people in the state
of California to graduate from college. They state that schools
with not enough counselors and/or enough college prep classes
can easily cause serious in college enrollment.
Week people have a special report up reviewing the education
agenda for the 50 governors.
Commision of the States reports on the need for Early College
March 22nd: CNN reports
on a State
Higher Education Executive Officers report that dure to rising
enrollment in the college educational system that monry spent
per pupil has dropped to a 25 year low.
of the Great City Schools reports that math and reading
scores in urban school districts out-performed the state average.
Moines Registers reports on a new bill if passed will force
a set amount of hours for instruction time. I think late starts
due to bad weather should count as instruction time.
City Star reports on high school students going online
to take classes.
York Times reports on standardized testing. The article
states are pressued to dumb down tests and move to a multiple
choice exam to save money.
Week people report on economic trends making a change in
March 21st: The Christian
Science Monitor reports on the push for universial preschool
in the state of illinois.
York Times reports on high school students now sending
out 20 college applications.
on AP classes, weather the AP classes are good enough, and colleges
that will not except the classes for college credit.
March 20th: The Boston
Globe reports on some states that are looking to stop the
Times reports on a new program that will pay for the year
of college for parents that make less than fifty grand a year.
& Observer reports on a new Early College High School
that will allow students to get a high school diploma and a two
year degree to be something such as a nurse, physical therapy
assistants, or radiology technicians for free. They will need
to go one extra year of school to do this.
Post reports on bills in the state of Maryland that are
going to try to help the obesity problem inside of the state.
One bill that would be up for vote would force weight results
on a report card.
March 17th: The Philiadelphia
Inquirer reports on Middle schoolers that take the SAT
International reports that students that go to KIPP schools
outperform students that go to regualr schools. The study was
done in the San Francisco Bay area.
March 16th: The Cleveland
Plain Dealer reports on a new Early College High School
that is opening up.
Moines Register reports on an after school English class
that helps students learn English.
Francisco Chronicle reports that Stanford University is
fully going to pay for the tuition of students who have parents
that earn less than $45,000 per year.
March 15th: The LA
Times reports that students in California State University
lag in English and math readiness based on a newly released
The Miami-Herald reports
on a new bill that will allow illegals' children in state tuition
in Florida if they meet certain requirements.
Week reports on a Michigan school district thst uses core-subject
teachers with traditional voc. ed. instructors to teach students.
March 14th: The Kansas
City Star reports that Missouri high school sudents might
be forced to take the ACT exam starting in 2008
March 13th: The Baltimore
Sun reports on a auto shop class for high school students.
Tribune reports on paresnts that do "unschooling".
Sun-Times on teachers who are quiting teaching because
of violence in the school that they teach.
The Herald-Leader reports
on nursing schools that are too cramped. Faculty shortage is
a problem for these colleges.
Post reports on students in Vocational Tech classes.
March 11th: ABC show 20/20
did an update last night on his “Stupid in America” show
which I did a piece of commentary on. In
the piece a bunch of teachers in a rally wanted an apology from
John Stossel on his show. The group in massive chant mode
later on in the rally wanted John to teach in a classroom for
a week. No official word if he is going to do that yet, but I
think he should do it. It might change his viewpoint on
the educational system.
March 10th: The Chicago
Tribune reports Chicago students who are blind have to
pass the driver's ed written exam to graduate from high school.
March 9th: The Kansas
City Star reports on teachers using video games in gym
Legislative Exchange Council reports that increased education
spending has no effect on test scores
March 8th: The Detroit
News reports on a college offering classes to high school
students to meet new possible state standards for graduation.
& Observer has a report up on high school dropouts. People
in this report are students who skipped school alot. One was
doing it to help take care of her mother.
March 7th: The Arizaon
Republic reports on more students taking AP classes in
the local area.
Times-Dispatch reports on high school students in an automotive-technician
The Washington Post reports on
the non growing rank of student counselors.
March 6th: The Baltimore
Sun reports that small pension are causing teachers to
leave the state.
Morning News reports on school districts choosing more
and more teacher with few years of experience.
March 4th: I have uploaded
my latest piece of commentary all
on the Civic Enterprises report.
March 3rd: CNN reports
on a new Education
Trust article on state vrs federal standardized test scores.
Massive differences in scores occur between state and the federal
government. I have reported on this before.
Herald-Ledger reports on a new program that give people
a chance for a 2 week try-out as a teacher.
The SeattlePI reports
that computer skills are masking the importance of handwriting.
March 2nd: The Arizona
Republic reports on educators who think some students are
still not ready for regular classes eventhough they passes
a language proficiency test.
on the growth in homeschooling.
Register reports that an education consultant says the
amount of school days a student goes to school is not important.
Star reports on teacher layoff coming for the school district.
Inquirer reports on changes being made to gym classes.
USA Today has two reports up. Report one is
on a new Civic
Enterprises report on high school dropouts. One major reason
for dropping out was that the classes were not interesting. The
report also states that 62% of highschool dropouts have a c or
better average. The second report
is on Hispanics and why they are lagging in the educational system.
March 1st: CNN reports
on a new ACT study that says complex reading is the key to college
sucess. The study says
that eight and tenth graders are more college ready than twelfth
The Education Next journal has two reports up. One is
on highly qualified teachers with an unabridged research
report on teacher pay. The second one
is a report saying that principals are just as good in finding
out who are bad teachers are and should get more say in how much
they should get paid. The report also has an unabridged research
report on the topic as well.
Carolina Association for Educators reports recommendations
for improving teacher quality.
February 28th: The Boston
Globe reports that state education officials inside of
the state want more consistent education standards across the
The Oregonian reports
on growth in Latina students in the public school system.
Inquirer reports on the president's idea to get math and
science teachers in the classrooms. The article talks on borrowing
people from businesses so that you can have 30,000 adjunt teachers
in the classroom.
Diego Union-Tribune reports on companies that do tutoring
for the tiny-tot set.
The Salt Lake
Tribune reports that on a new study that says that community
college funding is on the decline. For even more info from
the study go to this weblink as
February 27th: The Buffalo
News reports on report cards for parents.
York Times reports on a new study saying that watching
TV does not effect test scores.
February 24th: The Baltimore
Sun reports on some students that took some shots of the
poor state of the schools thatg they go to. The black and white
photos went on display in a gallery to show to legislators.
Sun-Times reports that the state school board members agreed
to lower the passing score on the eighth grade state math test.
February 23rd: The LA
Times reports on the LA's BEST program to help lower the
drop out rate.
Mountain News reports that over 30% of teachers polled
plan to leave the school district.
February 22nd: The Arizona
Republic reports on the Gilbert school district that uses
online textbooks to save money.
News reports the school district is going to cut instruction
in technology, art, music and home and careers at 20 low-performing
schools. It will be replaced with more Math and English instruction.
Week reports on an achieve.org report
on states improving high school standards.
The Ed.gov has
the toolbox revisited report up.
City Star reports on a school that is dropping block scheduling
due to low state test scores.
The News&Observer reports
on a new plan by Duke University to get people free master's
degrees in teaching.
Francisco Chronicle reports that students in California
have no benifit in English-only instruction.
February 21st: CNN reports
that business schools are having a facuulty shortage.
February 20th: The Boston
Globe reports that three community colleges want to build
dorms. The article says graduation rates could improve with
the introduction of dorms.
News reports on school districts that are opening on site
child care to increase teacher retention rates.
The Oregonian reports
that high school grads in Oregon struggle in college. One in
five drop out before his or her own sophomore year of college.
Diego Union-Tribune reports on teachers that stay to teach
in the needy schools.
Tribume reports on a school that is only for ninth graders.
February 17th: CNN has three
different reports up. Article One says
that donations to colleges are at a record high. Article two states
that around 15 states are trying to get some leeway in how student
progress is measured. Article three is
on students adjusting to early lunch times.
The DesMoines Register has two different articles up. Article one is
saying that few people want to become teachers in the state of
Iowa. Article two is
saying that a later school start times mean less time for after-school
Post reports on a new survey that says college students
that take time off from going to college have a lower graduation
February 16th: The Cleveland
Plain Dealer reports on teacher salary and how well the
teachers in the area can stretch the salary they get.
that E-textbook demand is slow.
Times reports on a dropout forum that parents were scarce
& Observer reports that it would be cheaper for the taxpayers
to have elementary and middle school students go to school on
a year-round calendar than a traditional calendar in the Wake
Mountain News reports on a plan that aims to cover the
tuition costs for the first two years for poor families in
the state of Colorado.
February 15th: The Atlanta
Journal Constitution has two articles up. One article is
on a group of people wanting cops to teach drivers ed and the
other article is
on a new school created for high school students.
on a new survey by Public Agenda stating that more than 50% of
parents feel that science and math are properly taught in the
University's Civil Rights Project now says the No Child
Left Behind Bill is a failure. The report showcases changes
made to the law over the past few years which they say is giving
states too much flexability to call a school not bad. The report
gives out changes they want to make which they say are massive
and not minor.
February 14th: The USA
Today reports on college applications on the rise for some
Today also reports on a new panel being created to look
at the No Child Left Behind bill.
Post reports on school clas size. Some say larger classes
February 13th: The Baltimore
Sun reports on the push for AP classes.
Sun-Times reports on Gov. Blagojevich's idea for free preshool.
Jose Mercury News also reports on a proposal for free preschool
in the state of California.
on some north east schools using snowshoes to battle childhood
Times reports on some of the "Outsiders" reported
on in the special report on high school dropouts are going
back to school to get a high school diploma.
York Times is reporting that few students are using a tutoring
program under the No Child Left Bewhind Bill.
February 10th: The Christian
Science Monitor reports on math and science competitiveness
for the USA.
another report on the same AP-AOL Learning Services Poll where
67% parents say schools get students ready for college.
Morning News reports on colleges in the state of Texas
that are now being forced to report on how they doing on graduating
Register reports on High School students that are lobbying
for changes in how the state teaches sex education.
Post reports on state senator Emmett W. Hanger Jr. of Virginia
who now wants to let illegal immigrants get reduced rates on
February 9th: I added some commentary on
the New York Times article that was posted today.
Science Monitor reports on changes that could be coming
to schools in Egypt.
on a lawsuit against the state of California on high school exit
News reports on an alternative education program for middle
school students to keep them on the right track to get a high
Register reports again on full-day kindergarten.
Herald-Leader reports on a new bill if passed would force
all 11th graders in the state of Kentucky to take the ACT exam.
York Times reports on a commision named by the Bush administration
exploring the idea of standardized testing for college students.
February 8th: The Hartford
Courant reports on the state's school getting less money
from the federal government.
on a new AP-AOL Learning Services Poll saying that parents think
students get enough homework.
Francisco Chronicle reports that the Superintendent of
Public Instruction Jack O'Connell says that teacher training
is key to improving the school system.
Center for Education Statistics reports on an increase
in the total number of students that are being home-schooled.
February 7th: The Arizona
Republic reports on a new program aimed at getting the
average students to take tougher class work in high school.
Courant reports on West Hartford high schools and school
on the new collegeboard.com report
that more students in all states are passing AP classes.
Morning News reports on Joe May's idea of hiring illegal
immigrants to stop a shortage of bilingual teachers.
The DesMoines Register has one article up on parents and teachers
liking full day kindergarten and
another article up on the Newton
High School idea.
Star Reports on childhood obesity and ways the city is
trying to fight it.
February 6th: The Baltimore
Sun reports on a college program Towson University uses
to increase teacher retention rates.
Register reports on the Newton High School idea of offering
free college tuition for students.
Herald-Leader has an AP article up on the state of Wisconsin
changing finance education standards for the state.
The Miami-Herald reports
on the increase in demand for AP classes.
The Oergonian has a two articles up on college professors. Article one is
on part time college teachers. Article two is
on pay being a problem getting more full time professors.
February 3rd: The LA Times
finishes off the special report with two more articles. Article one is
on a program for dropouts where students work independently at
home completing assignments and only see teachers a couple of
hours a week.
The second one
is on different educational programs that some LA schools are
February 3rd: The LA Times
continues with the special report on high school drop-outs. Article one is
an interview with William Schmidt, a professor at Michigan State
University and just like me wants a tougher curriculum standard
for all students.
Article two is
on a group called the outsiders. It started out with 11 people
in 2001 and only a few graduated on time in 2005. Some of them
skipped alot of classes and some got kicked out of the home they
were living in. A few more of the outsiders are going to get
a high school degree in 2006.
Mountain News reports on a possible teacher shortage in
area such as math and science in the state of Colorado.
The Salt Lake Tribune reports
on bill HB7 which is on low
tuition for illegals.
February 2nd: The Baltimore
Sun reports on the Baltimore County School District exploring
putting teacher assistants in the kindergarten classes.
City Star reports on the illegal immigrant tuition law
the state has. It is being debated if the H.B. 2615 bill is
Herald-Ledger reports on increased math requirements for
high school students.
Herald reports on republicans wanting to repeal 4-year-old
Inquirer reports on more students going to 2-year colleges
than 4-year ones. Lower cost is citied as one reason for the
increase in students.
Diego Union-Tribune reports that low pay is driving out
professors in California.
February 1st: The Hartford
Courant reports on the No Child Left Behind Case the state
has. Expense of testing is the complaint.
Chronicle reports on English immersion classes gettting
a second look in thre state of Texas.
January 31st: The Des
Moines Register reports on black students scoring lower
on the ACT tests.
Mountain News reports that a 2-year language requirement
needed to get into a state college or university is being contested.
Rual school districts are saying they are having a tough time
tring to fill jobs to meet this requirement.
Bee reports on the gubernatorial candidate Steve Westly
and his idea to make a two year communtiy college degree in
the state of California free.
Diego Union-Tribune reports on companies that help out
parents that home school kids.
Today reports on an Education
Sector report saying that testing companies are being overwhelmed
under the No Child Left Behind Bill.
Post reports on the Knowledge Is Power Program(KIPP) schools
with great math scores but are having a problem expanding in
the local area.
January 30th: The Christian
Science Monitor reports that private school population
the country of Germany is on the rise. Poor test scores in
the public school system is to blame.
Times is starting a special report on high school dropouts.
It starts out with this nine page report from Sunday which
talks about Birmingham High School which started out with about
1,100 ninth graders and around 521 graduated.
is seven pages long on math classes and why students are failing
Times also reports on the bigger use of computers in doing
homework and less use of handwriting.
Press reports on the Battle Creek Middle School where seventh-grade
boys and girls will be separated for math, science, English
and history starting this fall.
Francisco Chronicle reports on the nursing teacher shortage.
Today reports on the need for Science and Math Teachers.
January 27th: The Chicago
Sun-Times reports on six schools that are going to close
due to bad performance.
News reports on Jennifer Granholm wanting tougher state
standards for Michigan students.
Moines Register reports on two school districts mulling
a change in school start times.
Chronicle reports on Hispanics earning more college degrees
in the state of Texas, but still not as many as the whites.
The Twin Cities
Public Television webiste reports that high quality online
professional development is just as good as face to face time.
January 26th: The Baltimore
Sun reports on a couple of schools that changed principals
and got better scores.
York Times reports on schools that using coporate donations
Jose Mercury News reports that California will have a teacher
shortage of 100,000 teachers in 2006 says some experts.
Post reports on middle school and high school students
and the sleep pattern that they have.
Roundtable has results from a survey on the talent gap
in math and science.
January 25th: The CNN website
reports on West Virginia bringing in "Dance Dance Revolution" video
games into all the middle schools the state has.
Herald reports that the science curriculum will not be
updated until 2008.
York Times reports on students using podcasting to help
The Oregonian reports
on increases in class size in the suburban Portland schools.
Francisco Chronicle reports on former boxing coach Kermit
Bayless who took over the Oakland Middle school's P.E program
an increased state fitness standards.
Paul Pioneer Press reports two articles on school year
changes. Second article link
Today reports on bible literacy as a high school course.
January 24th: The Boston
Globe has an article up on N.E. colleges and population
Tribune has a new article on the budget debt. The state
is going to give the Chicago Public Schools a full 100 million
increase in funding.
& Observer website has an article up Orange County School
system moving to a block scheduling format.
6% of teachers in the Philidaelphia School District are not
"Highly qualified" in this article.
Mountain News reports that in a new study released on Monday
that scores fade for high school students in charter schools.
January 23rd: The Arizona
Republic has a good article up on teacher pay.
Sun has an article up on more blacks doing the homeschool
Tribune has an article up on the 325 million budget debt
they have to deal with.
Herald has an article up on giving every single teacher
in the state of Florida a laptop computer.
Post has an article up on the high cost of college textbooks.
January 20th: The Chicago
Tribune has an article up on the state of Illinois and
the relaxing of rules for teachers to become "highly qualified".
Jose Mercury has an article up on teachers who mix and
match material to create his or her own special textbook for
students to use.
The Oregonian newspaper
has an article up on schools using mentors for new teachers.
Civil Rights Project has a new report up saying that the
USA school system is becoming more resegregated.
January 19th: The Boston
Globe has an article up on the Secretary of Education.
Chronicle has an article up on a new pilot program for
high school students. It lets them have a choice on how they
can select classes.
January 18th: The New
York Times has an article up on 4-year college students
making the change back to 2-year colleges. Cost of attending
and not fitting in the 4-year college are reasons why they
go back to the 2-year schools.
The RAND organization
has a report up on Early Childhood Intervention programs and
the sucess they have the society.
Technological Institute has up a new report on the educational
system in the European school system. The study states that
bi-lingual and preschool education is a good thing, tracking
students based upon ability worsens disparities between the
highest and lowest performers, and a whole lot more in the
216 page pdf file. The Education
Week people have an article up on this report.
January 17th: The Salt
Lake Tribune has an article up on boys vrs girls and how
January 16th: The LA
times has an article up on South Korean kids coming to
the USA for our educational system. I have also added one more
link to the High
School Student / Graduate webpage.
January 14th: I have posted
my eighteenth piece of commentary on the 20/20
special that I felt stunk in a rare Saturday update on the
January 13th: Added yet
one more link to the Vrs.
No Child Left Behind webpage.
January 12th: Added two
links to the School
Teacher webpage. One link each gets added to the Vrs.
No Child Left Behind and School
January 11th: The Center
on Reinventing Public Education has released a new report
on the poor
state licensing rules for principals. I also added to link
to the National Set Standards webpage.
January 10th: Added one
link a piece to the School
Year And School Day, and Vrs.
No Child Left Behind webpage.
January 9th: Added two links
a piece to the High
School Student / Graduate and School
January 6th: Added one more
link each to the High
School Student / Graduate and to the School
& College Vouchers webpage. I also added one link
to the College
January 5th: Added one link
each to the High
School Student / Graduate, School
Year And School Day, and School
& College Vouchers webpage.
January 4th: Added one link
to the Textbook webpage and the Education
week website has up its tenth annual quality counts survey.
January 3rd: Added one link
each to the High
School Student / Graduate, Kindergarten
Student / Graduate, School
Year And School Day, and the Elementary
Student/ Graduate webpage
January 2nd: Added one link
a piece to the Textbook and Classroom webpage.