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Schools stumped over testing regulations
Amarillo Globe-News
By Liz Austin The Associated Press

DALLAS - State and federal laws on how to test special education students are on a collision course in Texas, stumping school leaders who must meet contradictory demands and parents who want to know how well schools are performing.

About 9 percent of the nearly 2.9 million Texas children in the third through eleventh grades were given an alternate test to the more rigorous Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills, ...
Isle preschool data mixed
Honolulu Advertiser
By Treena Shapiro Advertiser Education Writer

Hawai'i is in the middle of the pack when it comes to providing access to quality preschool programs, but ranks 15th for the resources spent on the children served, said a report released today by the National Institute for Early Education Research.

The second annual State Preschool Yearbook — which looks exclusively at state-financed preschool programs during the 2002-03 school year — said Hawai'i serve...
Our say: Teachers urgently need relief from paperwork burden
Annapolis Capital

PEOPLE MAKE teaching their life's work because they love teaching -- not out of fondness for filling out forms and planning documents. So one of the loudest complaints you'll hear from county teachers and their union representatives right now is not about salaries, benefits or working conditions. It's about paperwork.

And we think it's a complaint county and state school officials can do something about -- probably with...
Northwest pushes for parental involvement
Jackson Citizen Patriot
Friday, November 19, 2004
By Josh Webster Staff Writer

Northwest Community Schools is working on a plan to increase parental involvement and input in school.

The plan, a draft of which was posted on the district's Web site earlier this month, includes involving parents in the Title I planning process, creating a "Parent Information" section on the district Web site, implementing opportunities for parental involvement and doing an annual review of parental in...
Yakima schools' roadmap will plot course until 2007
Yakima Herald-Republic

Amid recognition of American Education Week — which aims to raise public awareness of the importance of education — the Yakima school board adopted a revised roadmap Tuesday that details the district's plans through 2007.

Cast in a format similar to the district's roadmap toward literacy that was created in 2001, Yakima labels its new plan a roadmap toward success. With a more succinct vision statement, "bui...
School district renews after-school assistance for ESL stude...
The Marshall Democrat-News
Tuesday, November 16, 2004
By Matt Heger/Staff Writer

t's 3 p.m. on Monday and the final bell just rang in Marshall schools. The busses are loading. Parents are lined up outside schools with their cars running. Kids are energized and, with more than a dozen hyperactive children set loose on him in the Benton Elementary School cafeteria, computer tech Fernando Dibartolo starts his first day at his new position in the Marshall School District.

Dibartolo, a rece...
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