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‘No Child Left Behind' needs to be updated
The Payson Roundup
Tuesday, October 5, 2004

More than two years ago, Congress passed, with bipartisan support, the No Child Left Behind Act creating a sweeping overhaul of the federal government's education policy.

When it was passed, almost no one opposed its so-called reforms. They include putting a qualified teacher in all classrooms, setting standards of achievement for all students, holding public schools accountable and closing the student achievement gap throughout the country....
Houston downsizes to tackle dropout rate
The Boston Globe
By Liz Austin, Associated Press | September 7, 2004

HOUSTON -- Officials at the largest Texas school district, which once miscounted nearly 3,000 dropouts, are taking a personal interest in at-risk students and dividing them into smaller classes. The hope is that the students will stay in school.

With the school year underway, educators from the Houston Independent School District are knocking on the doors of students who did not return to class and encouraging th...
Massanutten Enrollment Jumps
Harrisonburg Daily News-Record
Growth Sparks Scheduling Change to Meet Demand

Daily News-Record

Massanutten Technical Center moved quickly to meet a crunch from an enrollment that increased by 23 percent from last September.

Staff members called 200 students during the summer and offered them an additional class on a new odd-even pilot schedule that Tech Center Director Marshall Price said helps the school’s mission.

"What we are trying to do i...
Local schools cope with overcrowding
Clayton News-Star
September 01, 2004

There is no end in sight to the growing student enrollment – and concurrent overcrowding – of Johnston County Schools.
The official 10-day enrollment count for the 2004-05 school year was 26,100 students – 1,210 more than last year’s enrollment of 24,890. Several schools are operating over capacity and all but five are expected to be over capacity by 2008.

Three of the most crowded schools are in the Clayton area – Cl...
Class capacity rule enforced
Oklahoma City Daily Oklahoman
By Michael Bratcher
The Oklahoman
August 30, 2004

OKLAHOMA school districts should be spared from major state aid cuts this year, but with the promise of steady funding comes the mandate to cap class sizes.

The state Board of Education and Legislature had loosened that restriction in recent years as money was tight.

Districts last year were able to exceed the number of students per teacher as required by House Bill 1017 more than a decad...
Suffolk is struggling with school transfers
Newport Daily News
Federal law requires the option, but officials say the schools don't have the room for more students.


Published August 20, 2004

SUFFOLK -- Several Suffolk schools didn't meet federal guidelines released Wednesday, but school officials said they can't offer students the option of transferring to a school that did - a mandate under the federal No Child Left Behind Act.

In letters sent home last week to ...
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