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House Education Panel Holds Georgia Session

The House Education and the Workforce Committee hit the road last week, with a field hearing in Georgia to examine the implementation of the No Child Left Behind Act.

Georgia state schools Superintendent Kathy Cox offered an upbeat assessment of the law in her April 15 testimony. She praised the U.S. Department of Education for offering additional regulatory leeway in recent months. She pointed to new latitude for schools in meeting the law’s requirement for 95 percent participation by students in state testing. That mandate tripped up many schools in Georgia last school year.

"We … are planning to take full advantage of the new ability to average up to three years of participation data for schools, ensuring that schools are not penalized for one year of anomalies," said Ms. Cox, a Republican, in prepared remarks.

Since last September, the House education committee has hosted similar field hearings in Colorado, South Carolina, and, just last month, Ohio.

—Erik W. Robelen

Paige Signs Pact With Hispanic Group

Secretary of Education Rod Paige has signed an agreement with the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities that promises to increase opportunities for the employment of Hispanics in the Department of Education.

Nearly 200, or 4.5 percent, of the department’s 4,425 employees are Hispanic.

Among other provisions aimed at bolstering Hispanics’ job prospects with the agency, the agreement outlines efforts aimed at helping Hispanics attend and graduate from colleges and universities. It also calls for greater cooperation between the department and "Hispanic Serving Institutions," or HSI. The department defines such institutions as those whose full-time student enrollments are at least 25 percent Hispanic and at least 50 percent low-income.

The agreement calls for greater participation of such institutions in Education Department programs and activities.

—Mary Ann Zehr

Vol. 23, Issue 32, Page 26

Published in Print: April 21, 2004, as News in Brief: A Washington Roundup
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