The first year of Washington, D.C.'s federally financed school voucher program did not deliver significantly improved math or reading achievement, but did satisfy parents, according to a new U.S. Education Department study. Students said they felt neither more satisfied nor safer than they did at public schools.
A $364 million accounting error has forced California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger to retool his state budget proposal. The miscalculation means Schwarzenegger may not have the money he had proposed spending for school lunch, preschool and job-training programs.
In the six years he has spent with 26 South Philadelphia students, Christopher Wiler has taught far more than reading and math; he hopes he's taught them how to thrive. "We're not playing with a hat factory. We're playing with minds," he said of shaping his students for the larger world. "I think of them as my own kids. ... Some of their lives aren't the best, and yet they have such resilience."
Comprehensive sex-education curricula that teach about both abstinence and condom use are only marginally successful in encouraging students to delay sex or use some form of protection, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services says in a 40-page report commissioned two years ago by two conservative senators.
With increasing competition among top students, some elite U.S. universities are revoking admission for as many as 2% of incoming students whose transcripts took a senioritis nosedive. "It can be quite traumatic," said Susan Wilbur, director of University of California undergraduate admissions. "[But] it is absolutely incumbent upon us to ... maintain the high standards."