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EDUCATION UPDATE

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From: Lawrence A. Parker (occti_at_TeacherArtExchange)
Date: Mon Oct 09 2000 - 16:00:31 PDT


VOTER.COM EDUCATION UPDATE: 10/9/00
Inside this biweekly newsletter, you will find top news, opinion,
legislative tracking and tools you need to participate in the debates of the
day.

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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TOP NEWS

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
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California Teachers Plan Coup (San Jose Mercury News)
Some California educators are urging parents to have their kids skip the
state's annual standardized test, arguing the test is unfair. And parents
are listening.
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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.
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For much more news on this and 25 other political issues, visit the
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VOTER.COM TAKES A CLOSER LOOK

Debating Education
Voter.com has compiled an index of questions on education from last week's
presidential and vice-presidential debates. Each index includes a
transcript of the candidates' responses, critiques of their opponents'
answers, and links to other resources.
First Presidential Debate:
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Vice-Presidential Debate:
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Presidential Candidates 2000: Education
Voter.com brings you the top four presidential candidates' positions on
education.
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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
both sides.
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LEGISLATIVE ACTION IN CONGRESS

Action This Week: Preserving Historically Women's Public Colleges And
Universities
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.
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OPINION AND OUTLOOK

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.
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PRIMARY SOURCES

American Association of School Administrators: Americans Give Student
Testing An 'F'
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Public Agenda: Little Backlash Against Student Testing
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POLITICS, PERSONALIZED

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The Ohio Center for Critical Thinking Instruction
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