The January 2005 issue of School Reform News leads with a report on the latest setback for Florida's five-year-old Opportunity Scholarship program, which was struck down on November 12 by the state's 1st District Court of Appeals. The ruling will be appealed to the state supreme court.
Also on page 1: Hispanic CREO's second annual conference, outsourcing, and a new study of the value of National Board certification for teachers.
The issue's featured interview is with Lee Walker, president of The New Coalition for Economic and Social Change and a senior fellow of The Heartland Institute. Walker talks about growing up in the segregated South, Brown v. Board of Education, Booker T. Washington, corporate America, and the importance of parental choice in education.
Also in this issue: IDEA reauthorization, Rod Paige's departure from the Department of Education, multiculturalism and diversity, NAEP math scores, innovative schools, the future of teacher unions after the 2004 elections, attacking Milwaukee voucher research, and more.
The January 2005 issue will be the last guided by Managing Editor George Clowes, who has served in that capacity since the newspaper's launch in January 1997. Clowes says simply, "I need to pay more attention to priorities I have been neglecting for several years." He will remain on board as an SRN contributing editor and valued advisor. His successor will be named in February.
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