The House of Commons' education committee is weighing a proposal that would increase university fees for more affluent students, a report says. The measure is facing stiff opposition from some Labour party MPs.
Arthur Levine, Columbia University's Teachers College president, argues the Supreme Court's recent decision on vouchers, while controversial, merely represents an extension of existing practices. Levine adds that the success of vouchers depends largely on the political and economic context of the next decade.
The recently revamped SAT, which features tougher math problems and a new writing section, may make schools alter their basic curricula, a report says. The new version of the exam is scheduled to be introduced in 2005.
A call has been put in for more counselors in Japanese schools as schoolchildren's truancy problems increase, a report says. The government wants to make counselors available in all middle schools with three or more classes by 2005. Right now, only one-third of such schools have help.