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2010-05-21 14:14:17

Separate but unequal tiered system of schools created post-Katrina After Hurricane Katrina destroyed much of the public school infrastructure in New Orleans, Louisiana embarked on a massive effort to rebuild the entire New Orleans public school system, launching the nation's most extensive charter school experiment. The goal was to provide a quality education to all New Orleans students, regardless of race, socioeconomic class, or where they live. The University of Minnesota Law School's...

2008-08-23 09:00:28

Our view: Disabled, foster-care pupils shouldn't lose funding, but state must cap program amid questions about its legality An effort by some lawmakers to find money for a school voucher program that was sacrificed in the lengthy and difficult state budgeting process should raise questions about how legislative priorities are set. The programs in question began in 2006 and provided $2.5 million for vouchers to students with certain disabilities and $2.5 million for children who had been...

2008-08-18 18:00:38

By Curtis LeMay / Special to The Herald I read Jim Watkins' recent letter on school vouchers with interest, and I agree with his assessment. However, Mr. Watkins and his pointer, Mojo, are nice people (dogs are people, too) and they made their point so politely that I thought much of the necessary urgency was lost. I, however, am not such a nice person, so I will be more direct. School vouchers are a scam. Mr. Rich, Gov. Sanford and other vile individuals and political groups sell them...

2008-08-05 06:00:38

By Akilah Johnson, South Florida Sun-Sentinel Aug. 5--Florida's school voucher program is again under a microscope after a judge decided Monday that two proposed constitutional amendments can appear on the November ballot. One amendment would resurrect an abolished voucher program that allows parents to educate children in private schools with public money. The other would allow the state to give financial aid to churches and other religious institutions. Despite Monday's ruling by...

2008-08-04 12:01:14

By Vicki McClure, The Orlando Sentinel, Fla. Aug. 4--A proposed state constitutional amendment offers what sounds like a simple and painless remedy for improving public education in Florida -- require every school district to spend at least 65 percent of its money on classroom instruction. But nearly every school district already does that. The real impact of Amendment 9, which a Leon County circuit court judge will consider knocking off the fall ballot today, could be a second mandate...

2008-07-29 00:00:36

By Malin Rising STOCKHOLM, Sweden - Schools run by private enterprise? Free iPods and laptop computers to attract students? It may sound out of place in Sweden, that paragon of taxpayer- funded cradle-to-grave welfare. But a sweeping reform of the school system has survived the critics and 16 years later is spreading and attracting interest abroad. "I think most people, parents and children, appreciate the choice," said Bertil Ostberg, from the Ministry of Education. "You can decide what...

2008-07-15 00:00:29

By Rev. Richard B. "Rick" Waller AS A former public educator, like Mr. Karl Priest, I have come to different conclusions as to the state and direction of public education. Mr. Priest uses the mental picture of a burning barn as public education and the public money used there as a kindling for the fire (July 4). My reflection on a 30-year career in elementary schools elicits a different picture. Private education of any kind, be it Christian, home-schooling or some form of privately...

2008-07-09 03:00:25

By Ferrin, Scott Ellis Hallam, Pamela R I. INTRODUCTION The State of Utah was the focus of a national education debate in 2007 after the legislature passed a universal voucher program, House Bill 148,1 by the slim margin of one vote.2 The voucher would have allowed any public school student who left public schools after January 2007 to use public funds at virtually any private school. Although a public referendum later struck down the statute by a significant sixty-two to thirty-eight...

2008-07-09 03:00:25

By Walker, Olene S It is an honor for me to welcome you to the State of Utah and to the Brigham Young University campus. I commend the J. Reuben Clark Law School, the David O. McKay School of Education, and especially Cole Durham and the staff of the International Center for Law and Religion Studies for their global efforts in providing forums for all issues relating to religious freedoms. Some may wonder about the connection between religious freedom and the Legislature's decision to issue...

2008-07-08 03:00:00

By Campbell, David E I. INTRODUCTION Social scientists have long had an interest in the civic education of adolescents, although research on the subject has waxed and waned over the last three or four decades.1 After a flurry of research in the 1960s and early 1970s, studies of civic education slowed to a trickle, but have picked up again in recent years.2 In the words of one recent review article, "[a]fter decades of neglect, civic education is back on the agenda of political science in...


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