April 5, 2006
Education Week, Vol. 25, Issue 30
Federal Rule Interprets Law on Boy Scouts’ Access to Schools
The Department of Education has issued final rules underscoring that school districts must accommodate the Boy Scouts of America and certain other youth groups that ask to use schools for meetings and recruitment.
School Climate & Safety Education Said to Trail Most Other Gauges of Child Welfare
A new report concludes that, judging by most indicators of well-being, life has improved over the past 10 years for the nation’s children—except when it comes to their education and health.
Teaching Profession Report: NCLB Law Hasn’t Superseded Contracts
The possibility that the No Child Left Behind Act could trump provisions of collective bargaining agreements with teachers has hung in the air as an open question since before the measure became law in 2002. But it shouldn’t anymore, says a report released last week asserting that the teachers’ contracts have the winning hand.
Equity & Diversity Students Express Concerns in Public Square, Classrooms
About 1,000 Northern Virginia high school students skipped classes for at least half a day last week to march from a public plaza to the Arlington County Courthouse here, symbolically uniting with peers from across the country to protest federal legislation that would crack down on undocumented immigrants.
Equity & Diversity Students Sound Off on Immigration
As waves of students staged walkouts and joined protests last week over proposed punitive changes to federal immigration law, school administrators sought a balance between allowing students to demonstrate peacefully and setting clear expectations that they should return to class soon.
Equity & Diversity ‘Heritage Speakers’: Loss of a Treasure?
If the United States is going to take advantage of the linguistic skills of millions of children in this country who speak languages other than English at home, policy has to change at the district, state, and national levels, experts in the field say. Includes accompanying audio and video.
Federal House OKs Higher Ed. Act Reauthorization
The House of Representatives approved a measure to reauthorize the Higher Education Act last week that would establish or bolster several programs aimed at improving K-12 education, including the creation of a corps of “adjunct teachers” to lead classes in math, science, and critical foreign languages.
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Education Chat Wrap-Up: Willing and Disabled
On March 23, readers questioned Norma Jean Taylor, a veteran English and drama teacher in Kansas City, Mo., about the effects of her disability—spinocerebellar degenerative syndrome—on her teaching, her students, and her relationships with other staff members at the small, Christian school where she teaches.
Education Letter to the Editor Deficiencies Go Beyond Math and Science Skills
I read "Talk of U.S. Crisis in Math, Science Is Largely Misplaced, Skeptics Say" (March 22, 2006) hoping to find something different from recent articles on the need to boost U.S. math and science education. But instead I found merely a critique of one way of defending math and science education, and an endorsement of another.
Education Letter to the Editor Tenure Attacks: ‘Last Refuge of Educationist Scoundrels’?
To someone who has taught for 40 years, Marc F. Bernstein’s cry for extending the time it takes teachers to earn tenure ("Is Tenure an Anachronism?,"Commentary, March 22, 2006) is an ironic indication of one of the real problems of our public schools: leadership that has no answers to the palpable decline in academic standards other than to rail against teacher tenure and union contracts.
Education Letter to the Editor Illinois Pre-K Plan Omits Administrators’ Training
Regarding your article on Gov. Rod R. Blagojevich’s proposed Preschool for All program, which would provide access to prekindergarten for all 3- and 4-year-olds in Illinois ("Illinois Governor’s Plan for 3-Year-Olds Drawing Attention," March 15, 2006):
Education Letter to the Editor On Dropout Rates, Methods Should Not Obscure Needs
One unfortunate implication of Lawrence Mishel’s March 8, 2006, Commentary is that it is OK to put our heads back in the sand about the need to improve our nation’s high schools ("The Exaggerated Dropout Crisis").