Thousands of adults are opting to leave their corporate jobs to become schoolteachers. This March 2006 NEAToday article profiles two career-changers who have chosen this path....


With dropping revenues from local logging industries, rural counties have had to find other ways to finance vital public services, including schools. Federal programs were able to fill the void temporarily, but now lawmakers are looking for new alternatives. This National Public Radio report describes one proposed solution: selling federally owned forest land in rural states....


This article from the March 2006 issue of Edutopia highlights some of the known and lesser-known figures in the education world who are working to find "creative ways to improve our schools." Talents range from a 16 year-old scientist to a 69 year-old author, all of whom "embody the best of education," the article notes....


It's free, and it's fun, apparently. That's the verdict of many of Britain's young students as they are logging on and learning through a collection of free educational Web sites recently launched by the BBC. Called 'BBC Jam'—an easy word that a five-year-old can spell, and hip enough for most 16-year-olds—the network will eventually include around 120 specific learning sites by 2008 and is already a hit with many British students. Commercial publishers, however, have raised objections and are keeping a close eye on the project. Posted by The Guardian....


This article from the February 2006 issue of American School & University examines the strategies schools are implementing to create safe learning environments for their students. Many schools now offer violence prevention programs as part of the curriculum, while others take a more hard line approach by increasing the police presence on campus and installing metal detectors. Citing a variety of research reports on the topic, the article highlights the combination of factors that ensure a safer learning environment....


Ten years ago, Mayor Richard M. Daley took the helm of an ailing Chicago school system. In this special issue, Catalyst Chicago takes an in-depth look at how a decade of mayoral reform has impacted the city's students and schools by documenting the experiences of three public school students. Catalyst editors also talked with the Mayor himself to get his views on the progress and setbacks of the past ten years, and his vision for the future....


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