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Big Stories Of The Day (Tuesday May 29)

By Alexander Russo — May 29, 2007 1 min read
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The student loan rip-off Salon

Secretary of Education Margaret Spellings sounded like a reformer when she testified on Capitol Hill earlier this month over recent revelations of waste, fraud and bribery in the $85 billion-a-year student loan industry.But education experts weren’t buying it -- and neither were Democrats.

Report Card: No Child Left Behind Good Morning America
So on its report card, ABC News gave No Child Left Behind’s central element — testing students to meet standards — an A-. The standards themselves got a C. Equal money to schools got a D. Improving teacher quality earned a C. The handling of special needs and non-English speaking students got a C. Rescue plans for failing schools got a D.
Standardizing the Standards NYT
Testing has never been more important; inadequate annual progress toward “proficiency” triggers sanctions on schools. Yet testing has never been more suspect, either.

Charter Schools Look to Address Educational Woes NPR
Charter schools are an increasingly popular alternative to traditional public schools. Ted Hamory, co-founder of New City Public Schools, and Jennifer Stern, a partner in the Charter School Growth Fund, talk to Farai Chideya about whether these schools are living up to their hype.

Assessment Industry Faces a Test of Its Own Washington Post
One in an occasional series on the culture of testing.

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