Charles Murray of the American Enterprise Institute concludes his three-part commentary by suggesting that the future of the nation depends on how schools respond to the educational needs of the intellectually gifted.
A bill approved by Indiana's House Education Committee on Wednesday would eliminate the textbook-rental fee that parents with children in public school pay and would shift that cost to the state. Opponents, however, say the state can't afford to foot the $76 million annual cost.
Teachers at Northview Middle School in Ankeny, Iowa, are using digital recorders in language, special education and other classes. Students and teachers say the recordings, which can be downloaded to an iPod, can be used to review language accents or understand voice inflection better.
Plans to update Oregon's graduation requirements could hurt the classes offered at one rural school in Knappa, Ore., where it's already tough to find qualified math and science teachers, administrators say. The push in Oregon would require students to have three years of science, two of which are lab courses.
A proposal by a Florida state senator would keep parents who are registered sex offenders from entering public schools, but the plan would hurt students whose parents truly want to be involved in their lives, this St. Petersburg Times editorial argues. School officials who already receive a list of sex offenders say they look at each case individually.