October 2002 School Reform News

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October, 2002
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“Millions of children were left behind as the federal No Child Left Behind (NCLB) reform began to take effect this fall,” reports Robert Holland in the October 2002 issue of School Reform News.

The October issue addresses a wide range of hot topics in education policy. Sharing Page 1 with the NCLB story is Holland’s look at the threat declining literacy poses to the newspaper business, and Krista Kafer’s analysis of the controversy over the NEA’s September 11 Web site.

Elsewhere in this issue:

  • Don Soifer reviews bilingual reform initiatives on the November ballot in Colorado and Massachusetts.

  • Managing Editor George Clowes reports from the EDVentures 2000 Conference, organized by the Association of Education Practitioners and Providers and held on the campus of the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia on July 25-27.

  • Herbert J. Walberg, chairman of The Heartland Institute and a member of the Hoover Institution’s Koret Task Force on K-12 Education, comments on the importance of holding schools accountable for the cost of each “finished graduate.” U.S. taxpayers paid on average $108,730 to produce each 1998 high school graduate, Walberg reports.

  • an extensive data table reporting student achievement for every state in the U.S., including ACT composite scores, SAT verbal and math scores, and National Assessment of Educational Progress reading, math, and science scores.

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