A mostly white school district in the Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minn., area is proposing magnet programs in an effort to diversify its enrollment by attracting students from a neighboring district that has more minority students. The districts' 24 percentage-point gap in minority populations is increasing at a pace of about 3.4 percentage points annually.
The Minneapolis school district may restore summer school programs it canceled earlier this month. Officials have questioned whether the cuts were wise, as the school district is the biggest provider of summer youth programs.
Despite a widespread belief that there is a principal shortage, U.S. schools have plenty of candidates for principalships, according to a survey by the Center on Reinventing Public Education at the University of Washington. The major problem, the survey found, is that too few candidates are willing to take jobs in low-income schools and in certain regions of the country.
In Boston many teenagers still have to deal with arrests on their records for offenses that normally would be considered minor. A ruling last year barred judges from expunging juvenile records and many of those affected now have difficulty finding jobs.
Luis J. Rodriguez, president-elect of the California La Raza Lawyers Association, has been appointed to the state Board of Education by Gov. Gray Davis. Rodriguez's appointment is a victory for the Democratic Latino Caucus, which has complained that Hispanics are underepresented on the board.