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Yakima schools' roadmap will plot course until 2007
Yakima Herald-Republic

Amid recognition of American Education Week — which aims to raise public awareness of the importance of education — the Yakima school board adopted a revised roadmap Tuesday that details the district's plans through 2007.

Cast in a format similar to the district's roadmap toward literacy that was created in 2001, Yakima labels its new plan a roadmap toward success. With a more succinct vision statement, "bui...
School district renews after-school assistance for ESL stude...
The Marshall Democrat-News
Tuesday, November 16, 2004
By Matt Heger/Staff Writer

t's 3 p.m. on Monday and the final bell just rang in Marshall schools. The busses are loading. Parents are lined up outside schools with their cars running. Kids are energized and, with more than a dozen hyperactive children set loose on him in the Benton Elementary School cafeteria, computer tech Fernando Dibartolo starts his first day at his new position in the Marshall School District.

Dibartolo, a rece...
Web site to show state's school test scores
Manchester Union Leader
Staff Report 11.17.04

CONCORD — The state Department of Education unveiled a Web site yesterday that allows parents to compare test scores at their child's school with scores at similar schools across the state.

Education Commissioner Nicholas Donohue said the Web connection will provide the general public and educators with more information as they work toward improving student performance.

"This is a real breakthrough in terms of providing school i...
Detached: Parents who 'sit out' kids' schooling need to be j...
Lansing State Journal

"Parental involvement" is a valid, if somewhat elusive, measure of a child's success in school. A new survey - mirroring an earlier one this year - suggests Michigan parents, in particular, are detached from their child's education.

It's easy to conclude too much from such surveys, but they do indicate a real disconnect between parents and the schools their kids attend. And there's no pat answer in sight.

The latest survey, conducted for the ...
A lucrative language barrier
MSNBC (Local News)
Non-English speaking kids mean more, often unrestricted, school funds
By Lisa Baker of the Portland Tribune PDXGUIDE.COM

USA - Oregon's effort to boost achievement among English-language learners has become a financial boon for some schools - and a bust for others, educators say.

Because of a steady influx of children from non-English-speaking countries in recent years, financial support for language programs - for which districts receive 50 pe...
Fletcher proposes education overhaul
Lexington Herald-Leader


FRANKFORT - Gov. Ernie Fletcher yesterday pitched his ambitious vision for education yesterday to lawmakers, but didn't say how the state would pay for it.

The plan, first unveiled in August, emphasizes teacher quality and improved pay, universal preschool and all-day kindergarten, and more emphasis on economic development by state univers...
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