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"Zero tolerance": A Controversial Case in Decatur

This weekend, an estimated 2,000 people joined Jesse Jackson in a march in Decatur, Illinois to protest the year-long suspension of six African-American students at Eisenhower High for their participation in a fight on September 17 at a school football game. Initially, the local school board, citing the district's "zero tolerance" for school violence policy, had expelled seven students for two...
US Department of Education

Department of Education's Online Library is the place to go to get the full text of the GOALS 2000: Educate America Act, the Prisoners of Time report, plus other education legislation, reports, and information. Other electronic "shelves" focus on issues such as technology and school-to-work.
Class-Size Reduction Program

This section of the U.S. Department of Educations's Website offers clarification for those who have been hearing about government efforts to reduce elementary school class sizes. In his 1998 State of the Union address, President Clinton proposed an initiative which would provide federal funding for states to train, certify, and hire teachers. The initiative is designed to help local public schools...
National Center for Educational Statistics (NCES): Employer Aid for Postsecondary Education

This report examines the current state of employer aid in higher education, describing the types of employees and the kinds of educational and training programs that employers support. Analyzing data collected from the 1995 National Household Education Survey (NHES) and the 1995-96 National Postsecondary Student Aid Study (NPSAS), the report concludes that while support was relatively modest from...
K-12 Practitioners Circle

Frequently mentioned in this report and in the general Scout Report, the NCES offers a steady stream of valuable data on education. However, keeping up with this data can prove to be a challenge. Thus, this site is a welcome tool for data management. The site presents five sections devoted to different practitioners and observers of education: administrators, teachers, policymakers, librarians,...
Thomas B. Fordham Foundation

The Thomas B. Fordham Foundation is dedicated to an agenda of education reform not unlike the President George W. Bush: testing and accountability, charter schools, school choice, and the like. Its Website provides a number of recently written reports and papers relating to these issues. Recent documents include a "Memo to the New President," offering advice on how to bridge the "partisan divide"...
National Education: The New York Times on the Web

This permanent site in the library of the online New York Times offers a continually updated collection of extended features and short news stories on issues of education. Current posts include a lengthy feature entitled a "Teacher's Journal" in which a new teacher "recounts her year at a New York City failing school, where clocks never tick, the mantra is 'cover yourself' and students teeter on...
Iron Science Teacher!

Every weekend during the summer, crowds gather at San Francisco's Exploratorium to watch the "Iron Science Teacher" game. Based on the wildly popular Japanese TV show, Iron Chef, in which chefs compete to see who can whip up the most creative and delicious meal with the day's "secret ingredient," Iron Science Teacher asks primary and secondary science educators to whip up a science lesson based on...
Scientific Research in Education

For those who presume the centrality, if not the supremacy, of the scientific method as a given in the elaboration of America's educational objectives, readers of this report will be in for a surprise. This study, published by the National Academy Press, explores the role and status of the scientific method in the development of American education. In particular, the report focuses on attempts to...
A New Era: Revitalizing Special Education for Children and their Families

Submitted to the White House on July 1, 2002, this report, produced by the President's Commission on Excellence in Special Education, highlights issues relating to federal, state, and local special education programs. Since October of 2001, the Commission has held 13 open hearings and meetings across the country, and have heard thoughts, concerns, and suggestions of more than 100 witnesses...
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