Kansas science teachers have not only been buffeted from both sides in the debate over whether the current state science standards, which cast doubt on evolution, should be changed, they've also been mocked by the national press. Veteran high school biology teacher Ken Bingman says students have never been as vocal in their defense of Intelligent Design as they are today.
New York City Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg and Schools Chancellor Joel I. Klein have raised $311 million from the private sector by successfully schmoozing wealthy philanthropists and corporate executives. Observers say many donors see the mayor and Klein as kindred "enlightened capitalists" dedicated to a worthy cause.
University of Virginia students each year craft dramatic sketches based on the application essays of the incoming freshman class. After reading hundreds of the essays, the student playwrights advise prospective applicants to be authentic and take risks, but not ones so great they could backfire.
The Scottish Executive's drive this year to recruit more foreign teachers has yielded 1,465 educators, primarily from England but also from such far-flung spots as Venezuela, Lithuania and New Zealand. Education Minister Peter Peacock credits the successful campaign to the country's generous pay and high educational standards.
Maine will solicit bids next month to continue its middle-school laptop program for another four years, says Education Commissioner Susan Gendron. If no winning bids come in, the state will extend the current Apple Computer contract for another four years at an estimated cost of about $8 million.