October 2005 School Reform News

Issue Date: 
October, 2005
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The October 2005 issue of School Reform News addresses a wide range of topics, including innovative preschool and home school programs, special education and early intervention, public school choice in Massachusetts, and the success of direct instruction in Milwaukee's public schools. On page 1:

  • President George W. Bush accepted the American Legislative Exchange Council's Thomas Jefferson Freedom Award and spoke about school choice at the group's August annual meeting;
  • a New Jersey agency charged with building new schools is under fire for waste and mismanagement of funds;
  • new accountability measures applied to the Milwaukee Parental Choice Program have worked to address concerns about the fiscal and academic viability of some schools participating in, or applying to, the program;
  • new research from the Illinois Policy Institute suggests the "spending gap" between high-spending and low-spending schools is not surprising in a state with more than 800 separate school districts and wide-ranging costs of living across the state.

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