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2008-10-13 09:00:37

By John Florez Bridge to nowhere? How about an education to nowhere? That's what the Utah Legislature has been doing -- wasting time and money over how public education should operate -- yet none can tell us what it is supposed to produce; it's all about process, rather than results. It's the education to nowhere. We are "A Nation at Risk," warned the National Commission on Excellence in Education decades ago of our outdated education system; yet our lawmakers continue to ignore the...

2008-10-10 15:00:28

By DANI McCLAIN By DANI McCLAIN A private high school that opened its doors this year has been kicked out of the city's voucher program because of building code violations that render it unsafe for students. R&B Academy, 5150 N. 32nd St., is the third publicly funded private school to be launched by Ricardo Brooks and subsequently ousted from the voucher program by the state Department of Public Instruction because of problems. A rule that would have banned Brooks from involvement...

2008-10-10 15:00:28

By PATRICK MCILHERAN School choice -- not vouchers but the lowercase, generic concept - - is finishing off Bay View High School. Will the constriction of choices also chase off some engaged parents? This is all part of the shuffling set off by Milwaukee School Board member Terry Falk. He's been pointing out that the great majority of high-schoolers from Bay View don't go to Bay View High School. Their parents send them to better MPS schools or, mainly, suburban or private schools. More...

2008-10-07 00:00:21

Tots were clambering over a brand new climbing frame after winning 25,000 Active Kids vouchers. Chudleigh Knighton Pre-school was the lucky winners of the vouchers handed out by Sainsbury's. Carole Clarke and Jo Lewis from the Newton Abbot food store visited the pupils to see what they had selected. Carole said: "It's great when a small local school like this gets the opportunity to purchase equipment they would not usually be able to. "Even today when the weather is not so good the...

2008-10-06 18:00:16

THE vaccine voucher scheme being run by the British Pig Executive has now hit the million mark in less than six months. Since its launch in April, enough vouchers have been redeemed to treat the equivalent of 1.25 million pigs and BPEX has invested some pounds 650,000 in the programme. Mark Wilson, director of pig industry development, said: "We are beginning to look at the performance data from 1,100 completed voucher claim forms. "We shall undertake a veterinary survey to assess the...

2008-10-03 09:00:17

Whether talking about the current financial and political crisis or the attempted bribery charges surrounding the school vouchers bill, lost credibility of elected officials lies at the core. Far too many otherwise bright and respectable people have sacrificed their trustworthiness to personal ambition and special interest money. Influence peddling has destroyed my willingness to give them the benefit of the doubt. We will probably never know with certainty whether Greg Hughes or Mark Walker...

2008-10-02 18:00:25

By JANESE HEAVIN Private schools in Columbia are teaming up and pooling their resources in hopes of becoming more competitive with Columbia Public Schools. About a dozen private and religious schools formed a network this summer and met again last month to talk, in part, about coordinating marketing and recruiting efforts. "It's really important because so much attention is given to the public schools," said Karen Shryock, the Columbia Independent School admissions director who formed...

2008-10-02 09:00:14

By Bob Bernick Jr. Deseret News Utah House members will meet soon to start ethics investigations on two of their own -- Reps. Greg Hughes, R-Draper, and Phil Riesen, D-Salt Lake. The issues are seen by some fellow lawmakers as an ugly tit-for- tat that could harm real efforts of legislative ethics reform in the upcoming 2009 Legislature. Hughes has been accused in a letter by former GOP House member Susan Lawrence, and in a formal ethics complaint signed by Riesen and two other House...

2008-10-01 00:14:08

By RICHARD GARNER The big question Why are we asking this now? Michael Gove, the Conservatives' schools spokesman, spelt out his blueprint for education at his party's annual conference - announcing that his party would adopt the Swedish model of allowing parents' groups, charities and companies to set up their own "free" which they could then run themselves. How does the Swedish system work? Under the policy, which was first introduced in the 1990s, parents are given a sum of...

2008-09-28 13:00:00

By Jay Ambrose Scripps Howard News Service Guess what? Because of the much-maligned No Child Left Behind law, fewer children are being left behind in America's public schools, and you can thank the even more maligned president of the United States for that. George W. Bush, after all, was the prime proponent of this idea of holding schools accountable through testing students, and pursued its implementation in a bipartisan spirit. The Senate's strongest, most persistent liberal voice, none...


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