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Arab News

by Essam Al-Ghalib

November 2, 2003

A fifth grade student at the King Khaled Air Base Elementary School in Khamis Mushayt required stitches to his head after being struck by a female teacher for not doing his homework.

"We would all get beaten. We were beaten with canes, wooden paddles, hands, even plastic tubing. Sometimes we were hit hard enough to leave bruises. And because it was done in front of everyone, it was humiliating. We got hit for not doing our homework, talking in class, just normal kid's stuff," he said.<br><br>Although the practice is widespread, it is illegal to strike a child in schools in Saudi Arabia.

Fairbanks Daily News-Miner (AK)

by Sam Bishop

October 31, 2003

Jim Dore of Anchorage has filed as a Republican and Mike Layne of Barrow has filed as a Democrat.

Dore, who works part-time as a framing carpenter so he can help his wife homeschool their daughter, said he views himself as a conservative alternative to Murkowski. He filed as a Republican because the state's closed primary system favors conservative candidates, he said.

The BYU Newsnet (UT)

by Yissel Ramirez

October 31, 2003

Hundreds of Utah parents are waiting to enroll their children in one of Utah's few charter schools.

"After concerns about the ... inability of the district to address individual student needs, I began to look for other alternatives for my children's education," Adamic said. "I quickly learned my options were limited to home school, private school or to live with what I had. I could not accept these options, so I began to look for solutions to this problem."<br><br>The Utah State of Education states on its Web site, "Charter schools are public schools open to all students. They operate on public funds without tuition."<br><br>"In public schools, a fifth grader teacher may have no idea what a second grade teacher taught," Simons said. "We certainly know what was taught in second grade. Our curriculum is more defined and absolute. It is designed for each student to spiral through."

Town Times (CT)

by Susan Hunter

October 31, 2003

A new "silence" rule for youngsters, prompted a heated response from parents.

The silence rule would remain in effect from the time the children are dropped off at school in the morning between 8:30 and 8:50 a.m. until they enter their classrooms when the bell rings. <br><br>"Trying to get seven-year-olds, six- and five-year-olds and preschoolers to be quiet before school is completely unreasonable," Mr. LeClerc said. "They go to school for socialization and to make friends, and they're being told to shut up." <br><br>A crowd of parents gathered at the school on Thursday, October 23, Mr. LeClerc said, threatening to take their children out of the school and home school them or send them elsewhere.

Newark Star Ledger (NJ)

by Judith Lucas and Mary Jo Patterson

October 31, 2003

The police chief in Collingswood confirmed receiving a report that the Jacksons had checked out a library book outlining how to get government aid and grants.

Raymond Jackson is unemployed and deeply in debt, according to his pastor. In recent months, his main source of income appears to have been adoption and foster care subsidies from the state. In addition to the four boys, the parents had two adopted daughters and a foster daughter. <br><br>Keith Jackson, now 14, was enrolled as a special education student from 1996 to 1999, he said. During that time, Vanessa Jackson struck the teachers as an interested parent, according to the superintendent. Mrs. Jackson withdrew him from school in 1999, saying she would home-school him, and submitted a letter outlining a curriculum.

Pittsburgh Live

by Chuck Biedka

October 31, 2003

"The downside to the bill is that the district has little control over home-schooled students.

Higgins likes a bill in Harrisburg to allow home-schooled students to take part in extra-curricular events in the school district where they live if it's monitored. <br><br>Leyland, too, wants any home-schooled student to meet Kiski Area academic and other requirements to take part in sports or other extra-curricular activities.

The Oregonian

by Melissa L. Jones

October 31, 2003

Janice Tarlecki, who home-schooled her daughters, says the school won't award Amy full transfer credits

Barlow officials say most of Amy Tarlecki's home-school work doesn't qualify for credits. Without the proper number of credits to get a diploma, she is not allowed to walk in ceremonies, school officials said.

by Annette M. Hall

October 30, 2003

World Net Daily reports that homeschoolers are a new political force citing a new study recently released.

Homeschoolers are, first and foremost, parents. By and large the vast majority of whom want the very best for their children and are willing to put forth the effort to achieve that goal. Many have sacrificed employment opportunities, a second income, larger homes, newer cars and more. They are putting the family first, ahead of material needs and are focused on what matters most.

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.

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