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No Child Act has pluses, minuses
Times Leader

Q. As a teacher, I would like your views on President Bush's No Child Left Behind Act. Perhaps I'm missing something, but it seems to me this program is detrimental to children. My grandchildren complain about all the classroom time spent on studying for tests. Very little time is left for other curricular activities. It seems government funding is cut to schools that don't perform well. Please enlighten me by explaining this program. A.C.

A. The No Child L...
State tests paint an inaccurate picture
The Ithaca Journal

The New York State Education Department informed the Ithaca City School District in mid-September that performance of students at Caroline Elementary School in 2003-04 was "well above state standards" in English language arts, mathematics and science. Yet the Sept. 10 Ithaca Journal reported that the state had included Caroline on its 2004 list of "schools requiring academic progress," a list of schools across the state with academic deficiencies...
ISTEP+ scores show economic disparity
Fort Wayne Journal-Gazette

It’s very interesting to read in the same edition of The Journal Gazette (Sept. 21) an editorial about “A growing school divide” and a report on the “New FWCS accord” The editorial exposes the funding disparities between urban and suburban school districts, including grand expenditures for sports stadiums and artificial turf. The report on Fort Wayne Community Schools touts the promise that there will be screens on the windows in non-air conditione...
Hurricanes cut into Florida school year
The Boston Globe
By Bill Kaczor, Associated Press Writer | October 7, 2004

PENSACOLA, Fla. -- Kenyata Johnson is worried that her 7-year-old son may become an academic casualty of Hurricane Ivan. The first grader is among 92,000 Escambia and Santa Rosa county students who will return to their classrooms Monday after missing 19 school days because of the storm that slammed the Florida Panhandle on Sept. 15.

In varying degrees, the four hurricanes hitting Florida since August have a...
Minorities score lower than white students
Allentown Morning Call
Special education pupils also fail to meet PSSA standards.

By Genevieve Marshall Of The Morning Call

Bethlehem Area's Hispanic and black students did not perform as well as white students on the Pennsylvania System of School Assessment, according to a report released Monday by Assistant Superintendent Anthony Villani.

Certain groups of students ''continue to struggle very, very much,'' Villani told school directors Monday night at the...
All but 2 Augusta schools pass SOLs
Waynesboro News-Virginian
By BOB STUART The News Virginian

While preliminary Standards of Learning test results show that two of Augusta County’s 20 schools narrowly missed full accreditation in 2003-04, the overall SOL picture for the county was strong, officials said late Thursday.

Those schools narrowly missing full accreditation were Beverley Manor Middle School and North River Elementary.

The Virginia Department of Education will offer the final statewide r...
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