STATES REPORT NUMBER OF HIGHLY QUALIFIED TEACHERS: State Officials Admit Guesswork in Reporting Data ArticleNovember 03, 2003
In September, 33 states reported that over 75 percent of their core classes were being taught by "highly qualified" teachers as defined in the No Child Left Behind Act.
In a recent op-ed for the New York Times, columnist Bob Herbert discusses the "wretched state of millions of young people in America's urban centers."
With thousands of schools "needing improvement" nationwide, parents, teachers, and citizens around the country are beginning to realize the implications of the No Child Left Behind Act.
U.S. DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION HOSTS HIGH SCHOOL CONFERENCE: Paige Offers Strong Rhetoric, But No New Initiatives ArticleOctober 20, 2003
Unless improvements are made, American students will not be competitive with students in other countries, dooming future generations to less opportunity, greater levels of poverty, and further disparities in health status.
GRADUATION FOR ALL: House Bill Promotes Student Graduation Plan and Adolescent Literacy to Combat High Dropout Rates ArticleOctober 06, 2003
In an effort to raise embarrassingly low graduation rates in the nation's high schools, a new bill in the House of Representatives authorizes $1 billion in federal funding for schools to increase literacy rates and implement individual graduation plans for students most at risk of dropping out of high school
AMERICANS WANT A LARGER FEDERAL INVESTMENT IN EDUCATION: Committee for Education Funding Releases New Poll ArticleSeptember 22, 2003
Eighty-one percent of participants in a recent poll responded that the federal government should increase funding for education programs and 85 percent of participants thought this investment should be "more than five cents of every dollar it spends."
HOUSE PASSES $10 MILLION DC VOUCHER PROGRAM: Voucher Opponents Criticize Vote Timing, Set Sights on Senate Debate ArticleSeptember 22, 2003
The House passed a $10 million private school tuition grant program-vouchers-for Washington, D.C. students. The program is expected to benefit approximately 1,300 of 68,000 students in the school system.
New York City schools are facing charges reminiscent of the recent accusations against the Houston Independent School District, according to the New York Times.
MEETING THE HIGHLY QUALIFIED TEACHERS CHALLENGE: Too Many Teachers Teaching Outside of Their Field, Paige Says ArticleJuly 21, 2003
Last week, in his second annual report to Congress, U.S. Secretary of Education Rod Paige wrote that many classrooms in our nation's schools are being led by teachers without a major or minor in the field in which they teach.
On July 9, the House of Representatives passed two pieces of legislation that would help states and school districts meet the "highly qualified teacher" requirements of No Child Left Behind (NCLB).