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Headlines : Teaching Matters
News Date : 2/10/2006
Description : The Link Between Access to the General Education Curriculum and Performance on State Assessments

State educators hear defense of bilingual programs
    AUSTIN — Bilingual programs do a better job preparing students for academic success than do English-immersion programs, educators from Houston and around the state said today.

ISD moving technical school to renovated Wheatley High
    Frustrated parents asked the HISD school board Thursday to rethink a proposal that would move a technical magnet school to Wheatley High School and instead find the program a permanent home on a college campus

School fulfills immigrant's dream
    FORT WORTH -- An ornate crystal chandelier hangs from the ceiling and floral chintz drapes cover the windows of this classroom in an east Fort Worth neighborhood. About a dozen teen- agers clad in gray and navy sit on metal fold-out chairs conjugating verbs in Spanish. It's 11 a.m. and they have already worked their way through a biology class, a physics test and a short break to shoot hoops. This is how many of the days go at a school where the teachers outnumber the students. Yet for the 19 faculty members of St. Ignatius College Preparatory School -- most of whom are related to the school's founder, Oanh Nguyen -- this ordinary day is a dream fulfilled. The school that he envisioned, where its 14 students learn biology from a surgeon or chemistry from a pharmacist, has become a reality.

Play divides Catholic colleges
    SOUTH BEND, Ind. -- Kerry Walsh knew there'd be talk when a group of students proposed putting on "The Vagina Monologues" at the University of Notre Dame

FDA advisers push warnings for ADHD drugs
    Study of heart risks with Ritalin, other stimulants prompts decision WASHINGTON – Ritalin and other stimulant drugs for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder should carry the strongest warning that they may be linked to an increased risk of death and injury, federal health advisers said Thursday

Students lobby for sex education changes
    High school students from across Iowa asked state legislators Thursday to make sure their school curriculum is scientifically accurate when dealing with issues of sex education.

Students educate peers on domestic violence
    A group of Olympic High School students fed up with the treatment of women in music, on TV and on campus, condemned domestic violence Thursday in front of the student body.

Tone down UGA party atmosphere
    Figuring out who ought to take the lead in the alcohol and drug problem at the University of Georgia is a bit like playing hot potato. Parents say the university ought to police campus drinking. The university says many abuses occur beyond its reach, since 25,000 students live off campus. The city of Athens says it's cracking down, but that kids come to UGA as already seasoned drinkers.

Sides 'getting closer' on English-learners
    While daily court fines reached $8 million, the icy stalemate over how best to improve instruction for schoolchildren who don't speak English thawed considerably Thursday as Gov. Janet Napolitano and legislative leaders met to discuss a compromise.

Ohio colleges give gay pairs work benefits
    While Ohioans voted to close the door on domestic partner benefits, the door apparently didn't shut all the way. Kent State University administrators are ``looking at ways'' to extend benefits to gay couples and to other uninsured individuals in the employee's home, spokesman Ron Kirksey said. The University of Toledo last week joined five other state universities that offer health care and other perks to gay, lesbian, transgender and bisexual couples. The universities say their benefits are a contract between an employer and employee and do not flout the law

Panel Explores Standard Tests for Colleges
    The panel is examining whether the tests would prove that students are learning and allow easier comparisons on quality.

What, Me Worry? New Survey Shows American Parents and Students Satisfied with Current Math/Science Education
    Parents’ and kids’ views differ sharply with U.S. leaders’ deep concerns over lagging achievement and threat to economy and jobs; Major education effort needed to bridge this gap. NEW YORK CITY – As the math and science achievement of American students continues to lag behind the international competition, business leaders, educators and President Bush in his State of the Union address are all launching major campaigns to improve math and science education for the nation’s students

Test takes on teens' mental health
    Somewhere in junior high, Jennifer Rashti lost her smile. The once-genial Cherry Hill girl began to feel sad, angry, low. By last year, when she was a high school sophomore, Rashti was making excuses not to go out with friends.

Teaching Matters
    The Link Between Access to the General Education Curriculum and Performance on State Assessments

The case for structured-English immersion
    Texas education policymakers are accustomed to setting the pace for other states. One area where we may be lagging, however, is in the pursuit of stronger instructional programs to enable English-language learners to become successful in our public schools.

264 Just Another Big Con: The Crisis in Mathematics and Science Education
    What is the rationale for all United States high students passing three advanced courses in math and science to receive a high school diploma? What is the rationale for “all” high school graduates satisfying the requirements for admission to a four-college program? There is none!

    A FEW YEARS AGO, I joined a dozen education professors and high school teachers in Washington, D.C., to draft a set of benchmarks for English language arts. Our convener was one of the many education groups responding to complaints from the business and higher education communities about high school graduates. I didn ' t know it at the time — few humanities professors bother with K – 12 education — but in the preceding years a chorus of discontent had grown among employers and non humanities college teachers over the abysmal reading and writing skills of young men and women fresh out of their senior year.

"Why Hispanic Teens Drop Out of School"
    During the late 1980's and early 1990's, I served as a Presidential appointee (appointed by President Reagan and then reappointed by President Bush) to the bi-partisan National Commission on Migrant Education. Linda Chavez was our chairperson, and she guided our deliberations with great skill

    The nation's top policymaker for bilingual education is calling on Texas to change bilingual education to integrate academic standards with language skills. The goal is to make children bi-literate in both Spanish and English. In Texas 90 percent of students considered Limited English Proficient are Spanish speakers.

The Cuddle Puddle of Stuyvesant High School
    Researchers find it shocking that 11 percent of American girls between 15 and 19 claim to have same-sex encounters. Clearly they've never observed the social rituals of the pansexual, bi-queer, metroflexible New York teen.


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