Black, Hispanic and American Indian students who attend all-day kindergarten develop literacy skills at a more rapid pace than their counterparts in half-day classes. Minneapolis schools have supported all-day kindergarten programs, and about 60% of kindergartners in the region take part in the program.
The state Board of Education today was scheduled to present the revised set of science standards to lawmakers. The Board yesterday received a final round of public comments on a new approach to science teaching that would allow teachers to present alternative theories to evolution.
A U.S. District Court Judge ruled the D.C. school system violated court orders when it failed to inform parents of plans to move 151 special education students from two high-priced contract schools to a less costly institution.
The court today is to review a federal law designed to restrict children's access to pornography in libraries. A court last year struck down the filters, ruling they violate free speech rights. The federal government currently ties the use of filters to the disbursement of federal money.
Teachers were not sufficiently prepared for the ramifications of the state's plan to give a laptop to every seventh-grader, a principal says. Still, he says the initiative could benefit students once teachers learn strategies for integrating the machines into lessons.