January 2004 School Reform News

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January, 2004
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Page 1 of the January 2004 issue of School Reform News reports on a Denver District Court’s decision to halt the Colorado voucher program ... and on the November 4 school board election in Colorado Springs, where four voucher supporters swept the election in a field of 11 candidates.

Also in this issue:

  • Fourth- and eighth-grade students taking the 2003 National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) tests showed modest progress in math but little or no progress in reading skills.
  • An October 2003 report, issued jointly by the Bureau of Justice Statistics and National Center for Education Statistics, shows private schools are safer than public schools for students and teachers alike.
  • Congressional leaders have asked the General Accounting Office to investigate the financial management practices of the Head Start program before Congress acts to reauthorize it.
  • reviews by Managing Editor George Clowes of Diane Ravitch’s The Language Police; Robert Gray Holland’s To Build a Better Teacher; and Herbert J. Walberg and Joseph L. Bast’s Education and Capitalism.
  • and more: DC vouchers remain in limbo; benefits of the HORIZON scholarship program for students in private and public schools; the mixed student achievement benefits--and unquestionably high expense--of class-size reduction measures; the Friedman Report--a profile of Troy Williamson (Educate New Mexico) and the School Choice Roundup; the poor performance of New York public schools; and a data table ranking state charter school laws.

The issue’s featured interview is with Heartland President Joseph L. Bast, publisher of School Reform News and coauthor of Education and Capitalism: How Overcoming Our Fear of Markets and Economics Can Improve America’s Schools, recently released by Hoover Institution Press.

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