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Education chief gives 'No Child' law inflated grade
Rutland Herald
August 22, 2004

By JOHN A. NELSON

In the Aug. 15 edition of the Sunday Rutland Herald and Times Argus, U.S. Secretary of Education Rod Paige trumpeted the benefits of the No Child Left Behind Act, particularly the purported increases in education funding under the current administration. (See "America is no longer grading schools on a curve.") This claim is made in spite of the fact that numerous estimates of the real cost of NCLBA compliance have highlighted the fa...
 
School cuts to hurt kids most
Detroit Free Press
Teachers, services slashed so districts stay afloat

August 23, 2004

BY PEGGY WALSH-SARNECKI and TERESA MASK
FREE PRESS EDUCATION WRITERS

As they head back to school, some students will be riding in older buses, using outdated computers or not getting drug-prevention lessons.

Reading teachers, special-education coordinators and custodians won't be returning to their jobs this week in many schools.

Still other distri...
 
School funding equation draws fire
Austin American-Stateman
By April Castro

ASSOCIATED PRESS

Tuesday, August 17, 2004

Lawyers for school districts challenging the state's education finance system sought on Monday to discredit a legislative study used to determine the cost of an adequate education in Texas.

About 300 school districts have sued the state over the share-the-wealth system, arguing that its dependence on local property taxes is flawed and unconstitutional, and that it doesn't spend e...
 
Expert: Texas districts need millions more to educate studen...
Denton Record-Chronicle
02:19 PM CDT on Tuesday, August 17, 2004

Associated Press

AUSTIN - Schools in 46 plaintiff districts would need to spend as much as $990 million more to adequately educate their students, a school finance expert testified Tuesday in the trial challenging the way Texas pays for public education.

About 300 school districts have sued the state over its school funding system, arguing that its dependence on local property taxes is unconstitutional and does...
 
State fines contractors for delays in scoring state Mastery ...
Sacramento Bee
By NOREEN GILLESPIE, Associated Press Writer
Last Updated 6:41 pm PDT Tuesday, August 17, 2004

CROMWELL, Conn. (AP) - The state Department of Education has fined a California-based contractor $300,000 for errors and delays in scoring the Connecticut Mastery Tests.

The fine is the largest allowed under the state's contract with Monterey, Calif.-based CTB/McGraw Hill. Education Commissioner Betty Sternberg said Tuesday that she has warned the company the state ...
 
Quirk in Formula For School Funds Carries Big Cost
Washington Post
Fairfax Loses, Montgomery Gains

By Valerie Strauss
Washington Post Staff Writer
Wednesday, August 18, 2004; Page B01

Fairfax County will open the school year with about $3 million less in federal education funding tied to poverty, while Montgomery County -- the school system to which it is often compared -- will get about $2.5 million more than last year, according to state and U.S. education officials.

The reason for this discrepancy, o...
 
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