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The New York Sun


October 1, 2003

Seven years ago, parents in the Riverdale-Kingsbridge section of the Bronx rallied to improve a local middle school and add a neighboring high school.

The goal was clear: create a high-performing community school so parents wouldn't need to send their children to private or specialized public ones.<br><br>No Child Left Behind, threatens to reverse the community's progress, parents say. This month, the school was labeled in need of improvement by the state and under federal guidelines because a small group of youngsters failed eighth-grade exams.


by Wendy McElroy

September 30, 2003

The modern two-income family is no better off than the one-income family from decades ago.

Social engineering includes the child abuse industry and the sexual harassment industry. Critics refer to them as "industries" because their enforcement policies have established bloated and expensive bureaucracies that slurp at the public trough. The cost to taxpaying families is immense.

Washington Post

by Jay Mathews

September 30, 2003

Short Essays, Selected for Some State Exams and Soon the SAT and ACT, Get Mixed Reviews

Sara Stevens is a very bright high school senior who wants to be creative in her writing. Like most American teenagers, though, she knows what will get her the best grade. "The essays have to be made-to-order, with topic sentences and a thesis and a conclusion," she said. "That's what the teacher wants to see, so that is what I write."

Las Vegas Sun (NV)

September 29, 2003

Harcourt was fined $425,000 last year for making mistakes in grading the tests of high school students.

The performance of Harcourt Educational Measurement, the Texas-based testing firm used by the state, has been unsatisfactory and the company should be fined up to $483,000, the state Board of Education decided Saturday during its meeting in Las Vegas.

American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology

by Entry Deadline: December 9, 2003

September 6, 2003

Just For Kids: Poster Contest

Open to children in grades 1 through 8 who have asthma. Express your asthma control in a colorful poster and you could win great prizes. Your poster might show how you exercise, play team sports, go to camp, participate in band, dance, monitor your breathing, control your asthma triggers, take your medicine, follow your doctor's advice, or use an asthma action plan. [See link for complete contest rules.]

The National Rifle Association - Headquarters

by Entry Deadline: October 1, 2003

September 6, 2003

The NRA is now accepting entries for its 2003 Youth Wildlife Art Contest.

The contest, the 16th in the annual series, is open to students in grades 1 through 12 (including homeschooled children). NRA membership is not required. The deadline to enter is October 1, 2003.[See website for complete rules.]

USA Today (IN)

September 5, 2003

Indiana University is allowing a professor to continue posting through the school's Web site a personal log with criticisms of homosexuals despite complaints from some staffers.

"I did not know it was so controversial to provide arguments for why homosexuals should not be employed as school teachers, but it seems that people at universities get excited about opinions that are common, perhaps even the norm, elsewhere in the United States," Rasmusen wrote in an e-mail to the Indiana Daily Student newspaper.

USA Today

by AP Wire (IL)

September 5, 2003

Course enrollments in the cyber school tripled this year, from 410 to 1,230, and Wicks expects 900 enrollments during this fall semester.

About 40,000 to 50,000 K-12 students are enrolled in online courses nationwide, according to a 2001 study by WestEd, an educational research group. <br><br>At least 14 states from Arkansas to West Virginia run virtual schools that are recognized by a state agency, the study noted.

St. Paul Pioneer Press (MN)

by Darlene Superville

September 4, 2003

Illegal drug use and cigarette smoking among sixth- through 12th-graders increased slightly during the past school year.

Twenty-four percent of these teenagers reported using marijuana, cocaine, heroin, hallucinogens or other illegal drugs at least once in the 2002-2003 school year, compared with 22 percent the year before, according to the private study by Pride Surveys released Wednesday.

USA Today (AL)

by AP Wire

September 4, 2003

Students don't get to grade teachers at school, and Shelby County educators are making sure it stays that way.

The county has banned the use of school computers to visit a Web site called, where students can turn the table on teachers and assess their performance in the classroom.


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