The July 4 holiday took on a special meaning for 487 immigrants and refugees who were sworn in as naturalized U.S. citizens in a Seattle event marked by tears, smiles and much flag-waving. "This used to feel like someone else's holiday. Now it's my holiday, too," said Mario Campos, originally from Mexico City, who now lives on Washington state's Bainbridge Island.
Although he will continue to shape California policy on the state Board of Education, long-time San Diego-area superintendent Ken Noonan retired last week. Although he sees the achievement gap as among the largest U.S. education issues, he says public schools level the playing field for the country's disadvantaged.
The U.S. Supreme Court on Friday said it would not consider the appeal of a school district that was found by a lower court to have violated a student's right to free speech. A Vermont seventh-grader was suspended for wearing a shirt calling President George W. Bush a lying drunk driver and drug-user, but the school said the punishment was for the cocaine and martini glass depicted on the shirt, not its political message.
The U.S. economy is sending mixed signals, which have puzzled both investors and observers. Recent, well-publicized problems in the housing market and with rising inflation have been offset by strength in the jobs market.