The November 2003 issue of School Reform News offers coverage of a wide range of hot topics in the school reform arena, among them:
- school choice worldwide--Robert Holland of the Lexington Institute offers a remarkable look at the emergence of school choice in unexpected places: the People’s Republic of China (where nearly 7 million students attend 54,000 private schools), Taiwan, South Africa, Great Britain, and Canada.
- teacher union scandals--the Landmark Legal Foundation has petitioned the IRS and U.S. Department of Justice to initiate criminal action against the National Education Association for violating federal laws concerning the filing and reporting of information about the union’s spending on political activities. SRN Managing Editor also reports teacher union scandals in Florida, New Hampshire, and Vermont.
- lying with statistics--Hudson Institute researcher Derek Redelman describes how state officials are using statistical tools--especially the “margin of error” concept--to misrepresent passing rates on state tests.
- not ready for college--The Heritage Foundation’s Krista Kafer summarizes new research from Manhattan Institute analysts Jay Greene and Greg Forster, who report only 70 percent of U.S. students enrolled in public high schools graduate ... and only 32 percent graduate ready for college.
Also in this issue: a new Cato Institute survey of private schools, revealing a $5,000 voucher would open the doors at most private elementary and secondary schools; how competition among schools benefits all students; the importance of the Internet for rural education; the success of charter schools in improving student achievement; the role schools can play in addressing childhood obesity; the Friedman Report; and more.
The issue’s featured interview is with Robert E. Rector, senior research fellow in domestic policy studies at The Heritage Foundation, who discusses the importance of the work ethic and the study ethic--increasingly scarce in today’s America, he remarks.
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