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Ed reform: leaving the teachers behind
The Boston Globe
By Derrick Z. Jackson | October 20, 2004

MILWAUKEE -BECAUSE OF budget cuts, Kelly O'Keefe-Boettcher was told she had to teach 171 students in five English classes at Rufus King International Baccalaureate High School, up from 147 last year. It was tough enough with 29 students per class. Now she has an average of 34, and one has 38. That gives her 90 seconds per student, per class.

"I can feel a huge chasm growing between me and my students," O'Keefe-Boettcher sai...
 
Few leave failing schools
The Examiner
By Bonnie Eslinger | Staff Writer
10.18.04

More than 10,000 San Francisco schoolchildren had the right to transfer out of failing schools last year under the federal No Child Left Behind Act. But according to San Francisco Unified School District officials, only about a dozen chose to do so.

The most likely reason for the low number, said Myong Leigh, the chief of policy and planning for the district, is that the parents were the ones to choose the failing sc...
 
Kim Ode: No child left unrecruited
Star Tribune
Kim Ode
10.16.04

It's not that I object to our kids being made aware that military service is an option once they graduate from high school -- they've known this ever since they played G.I. Joe.

What I object to is our schools being strong-armed to serve as vast databases to provide military recruiters with our kids' names, addresses and phone numbers, or risk losing federal funding.

And what I object to is where this new wrinkle in recruiti...
 
Rating the coverage of No Child Left Behind
The Charlotte Observer
Why should Education Department hire PR firm to grade media?

FANNIE FLONO
10.15.04

You've got to love this. The U.S. Department of Education hired a public relations firm for $700,000 to, among other things, rate reporters and newspaper coverage last year of the federal No Child Left Behind Act.

The company, Ketchum, ranked the coverage and reporters on a scale of 0 to 100 -- with 0 being described as a "missed opportunity" and 100 being tabbed...
 
Law Leaves Better Schools In Worse Spot
Washington Post
By Marc Fisher
10.14.04

Anthony Fears, principal of Anne Beers Elementary School in the Hillcrest section of Southeast Washington, should be the kind of school leader who swears by the No Child Left Behind revolution.

In each of the last three years, Fears's students have produced marked increases in math scores on the tests that determine whether their school is a success or failure in the eyes of the federal government. Reading scores at Beers have lagged, ...
 
States’ Roles Prove Tough on Big Scale
Education Week
By Karla Scoon Reid 10.13.04
Baltimore

Most state education agencies and local school districts are counting on academic coaches and teams of experienced educators to turn around underperforming schools.

But while those approaches have been used to meet the requirements of high-stakes state accountability programs, scaling up the practices to help hundreds of schools identified as not making adequate progress under the federal No Child Left Behind Act is pro...
 
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