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The Jackson Sun (TN)

by Rachael Myer

October 30, 2003

Madison Academic has attracted 67 students who previously attended home school or private school, Principal Tommy Allen said.

Madison is supposed to be 36 percent to 66 percent black, but only 20 percent of its students are black. Nova and nine other Jackson-Madison County schools are failing to meet racial makeup requirements set in the school system's desegregation agreement, according to recently released figures. Eight elementary schools were out of compliance last year. This year, Arlington Elementary is added to the list. Madison Academic Magnet High School, which opened this year, also fails to meet compliance.<br><br>The School Board earlier this year approved paying a grant consultant $40,000 to find funding for magnet programs to attract more students to the imbalanced schools. Depending on which school zone they live in, parents already have the option to apply to some magnet schools or schools with extra programs.

News With Views

by Jon Christian Ryter

October 30, 2003

At 2:00 a.m. Daylight Savings Time ended for another year as most Americans turned their clocks back before they went to bed last night.

A few, of course, forgot and went to church this morning an hour early. None of them will likely arrive at work tomorrow an hour early. Even the dumbest of us aren't really that stupid. And because, as a nation, we've been living with Daylight Savings Time for sixty years, few Americans wonder how the practice began.

World Net Daily

by Diana Lynne

October 30, 2003

33 House members 'deeply offended' by 'biased' report

Congressman Todd Akin, R-Mo., who homeschooled -- and currently homeschools -- his five children spearheaded the effort. Akin's son, Perry, recently graduated from the Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md. <br><br>The letter points out what CBS left out of the report and questions its conclusion that more regulation over homeschooling is needed.

Hillsboro Free Press (KS)

by Cynthia Martens

October 29, 2003

No questions are asked about need, and income restrictions do not exist.

Her main goal is to help those in need, but Dicks said that's not her only goal.<br><br>"I home school my children, so that's my main job," Dicks said. "I'm an instructor for Creative Memories, and I also teach sign language part time for Butler County Community College." <br><br>No mention is made of payment for the clothing, but she keeps a coffee can by the front door if guests want to make a free-will donation.

icWales (UK)

by Jenny Rees

October 29, 2003

POOR parenting skills, dysfunctional families and television have been named by teachers as the three most significant factors in the decline of pupil behaviour in schools.

Research for NASUWT reveals teachers in both primary and secondary schools believe some parents need classes in how to tackle their children's bad behaviour. <br><br>Teachers also suggest that dysfunctional family life causes indiscipline, as well as other difficulties, in children and that school provides the only stable place for many young people.

Jackson Sun (TN)

by Rachael Myer

October 29, 2003

Local officials: Students shift from private to public schools

Almost 22 percent of Madison Academic Magnet High School's students previously attended private school or home school, said Principal Tommy Allen. The high school opened in August.

by Jim Brown

October 29, 2003

The first large-scale study of adults who were home-schooled as children has been released, and among other revelations, it debunks the notion that home schoolers become socially isolated.

The survey found that nearly 75% of adults who were home educated have gone on to take college courses, while only 46% of their peers who were not home schooled went on to study at the college level. Ray says home-schooled adults are, "at a higher rate than the national average, interested in continued formal education, college and so forth." And the researcher adds that home-schooled adults are also "very active in their local communities -- more so than the general population, and they appear to be very civically engaged -- again more so than the general population."

El Humbre Dumbo

by Karen Rice

October 29, 2003

We all know it's there.

<strong>Eye Off The Wall</strong> presents this shocking expose of the inside of a homeschool family domicile. Not for the feeble minded, dim witted, or faint of heart. This is not a pretty site.

The Mercury News

by Mercury News Editorial

October 28, 2003

Supportive Governor and reorganized association could bring huge growth in number of students

The next few years could see substantial growth in the charter movement. That should benefit not only families looking for more education choices but also public schools, which will face pressure in the form of competition to improve.<br><br>There are now 471 charter schools serving 170,000 -- 2 percent -- of the state's students. The reorganized California Charter Schools Association has set an ambitious goal of adding 1,000 schools, with a half-million more students, in five years.

WorldNetDaily.com

by Art Moore

October 23, 2003

Refutes 'socialization' concerns posed by thinkers in academia

76 percent of homeschool graduates surveyed between the ages of 18 to 24 voted within the last five years, compared to only 29 percent of the corresponding U.S. population. <br><br>"Homeschooling will tend to develop students with strong independent thinking and critical-mindedness," he said.

      

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