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Recess a dying trend in U.S. schools
The Spectrum
Daily activity during school keeps kids healthy

By JENNIFER WEAVER [email protected]
11.29.04

CEDAR CITY -- Ask elementary students what their favorite part of school is and the majority will say its "recess."

But if national trends to eliminate the release time continue, Southern Utah students may not have the break that promotes physical exercise and free play. Some don't already, and it's credited to added pressure on school district...
 
Are Schools Cheating Poor Learners?
Los Angeles Times
Officials say federal rules compel them to focus on pupils more likely to raise test scores.

By Joel Rubin, Times Staff Writer
11.28.04

At the end of each day, when most pupils at Remington Elementary School in Santa Ana head home, about 100 children stay behind for more work on their reading, writing and math skills.

For Principal Edna Velado, deciding which of her nearly 600 pupils would attend the after-school program was difficult.
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Classroom playtime quickly becoming a fantasy
Fort Wayne News-Sentinel/Fort Wayne.com
BY BARBARA MAHANY Chicago Tribune
11.23.04

CHICAGO - (KRT) - One recent morning in Room 103 at the Bret Harte Elementary School, Play-Doh bested puzzles (in a vote of 12-3) as the activity du jour - as rousing as elections get here in the Land of the Little People.

And into that melee of 3- and 4-year-olds stepped a woman who has devoted most of her grown-up life to making the rest of the world, certainly the teachers of young children, grasp the profound wo...
 
My Turn: No Child Left Behind sets up schools, kids for fail...
Juneau Empire
By MICHAEL HEIMAN
11.29.04

The No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) is underfunded, overregulated, and time-intensive. Like communism, the act looks good on paper but fails in practice. Both will only work where scarcity is not an issue.

The federal government has received quite a bit of money to implement No Child Left Behind but fails to assign all of it. Last year, $5.4 billion of NCLB monies were not appropriated. Republican Sen. Olympia Snow of Maine said, "I...
 
Big Bucks Tutoring Firm Being Probed
New York Post
October 28, 2004 -- A company that has been paid millions by the federal government to tutor students at struggling schools in New York and elsewhere is under investigation by the city, The Post has learned.

Platform Learning Inc., which set up shop in lower Manhattan last year in response to President Bush's No Child Left Behind Act, has fast become one of the nation's leading providers of tutoring services, operating in nine major metropolitan regions across the country.
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Education: Much more than 'No Child' indeed
Napa Valley Register
Monday, November 15, 2004

By JOHN STALLCUP

No Child Left Behind is all about Title I funding. From inception until NCLB was passed with bipartisan support we spent over $125 billion on Title I with virtually no progress to show for it. Though progress at all schools is measured, failing to meet the benchmarks only affects Title I schools, who receive extra money because they serve low-income students. There has been a great deal written recently about federal NCLB r...
 
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