The UNAIDS program says more than 1 million African children lost a teacher to AIDS last year. As a result, some schools have seen a surge in class sizes, while others have hired under-qualified teachers.
Officials in an Arizona school district are hoping to fill 85 vacant positions with highly qualified teachers. To be a highly qualified teacher in Arizona, a teacher must pass the the Arizona Education Proficiency Exam, pass an exam in his or her subject and complete student-teaching requirements.
Some of the world's largest agricultural companies have joined together to share technology, patent information and seed varieties with African nations to help scientists working on food production. A third of Africa's population suffers from insufficient food supplies.
Undersecretary of Education Eugene Hickok yesterday said schools that do not meet performance targets must allow students to transfer to better performing schools. Critics have suggested the move could be an attempt by Bush administration to pave the way for a wide-ranging private school voucher program, if it turns out that schools cannot comply.
The state Board of Education yesterday approved a measure to let school districts grant a "certificate of attainment" to students who have good grades but repeatedly fail the MCAS exam. Critics say the new provision could undermine the test, which is a graduation requirement for the class of 2003.
More Washington students passed a community college writing exam than the writing portion of the 10th-grade WASL test in a recent study by Washington State University researchers. The results indicate a "disconnect" between different parts of the state's education system, one official says.