Senate Bill 154 would create a competency-based system of student promotion and would refocus learning on a core curriculum. The measure would also ease licensing standards for teachers and administrators.
Massachusetts school officials said a dip in the state's dropout rate for juniors indicates that the MCAS test doesn't drive students to quit. Critics called the report was misleading, saying that some students held back in ninth grade because of failing scores quit before their junior year.
More than 100 Democratic House members have signed briefs supporting the University of Michigan's affirmative action policy, which President Bush has opposed. Rep. Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., said affirmative action "is as fundamental as our democracy itself."
New York City Schools Chancellor Joel Klein today was expected to announce his formula for choosing schools to exempt from Mayor Michael Bloomberg's plan for a mandatory curriculum. The list reportedly includes a racially and socio-economically mixed group of schools, suggesting that Klein avoided exempting only the top performers.