VOTER.COM EDUCATION UPDATE: 10/9/00
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As educators and policymakers try to determine which strategies are most
effective at improving education, some California teachers are saying
standardized tests are the wrong way to reform. This teacher backlash has
prompted heated responses from testing proponents nationwide.
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Developing A Potion For School Success (U.S. News & World Report)
Despite some recent gains in educational success, American high school kids
still score much lower than their peers abroad in math and science. Nearly
one in four 17-year-olds reads below grade level, and almost one in three
who enters college needs remedial classes. There's no magic potion for
success, but there are strategies that work.
Court Must Reconsider School Prayer
The Supreme Court last week ordered a federal appeals court to revisit its
ruling that let public school students in a Florida county choose a class
member to give a prayer or other message at high school graduations.
Voter.com On The Issues: School Vouchers
Education is a dominant issue in the 2000 presidential election, and with it
comes discussion about whether parents should receive tuition vouchers to
send their children to private schools. Voter.com explains the arguments on
LEGISLATIVE ACTION IN CONGRESS
Action This Week: Preserving Historically Women's Public Colleges And
The House passed the Historically Women's Public Colleges or Universities
Historic Building Restoration and Preservation Act, requiring the Interior
Secretary to award grants to eight colleges and universities to preserve
historic buildings and structures.
Skip The Articles About A Testing Backlash (U.S. News & World Report)
John Leo argues that the hubbub against student testing is overblown. He
says that by an overwhelming majority, Americans want standardized tests.