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.
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.
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.
The CEO of Albertsons predicts that in the next 10 to 20 years, many grocers will be consolidated into either nationwide or global grocery chains, as many smaller stores seek to exit the industry. To aid in its success, Albertsons is opening large discount Super Saver grocery warehouses.