Schools for Pregnant Girls in New York Will Close NYT Created in the 1960s, when pregnant girls were such pariahs that they were forced to leave school until their babies were born, the city school system’s four pregnancy schools — or P-schools, as they are obliquely referred to — have lived on, their population dwindling to just 323 students from 1,500 in the late 1960s. Clinton Pitches Pre-school Access for All NPR Sen. Hillary Clinton said this week that if she's elected president, she will ensure access to high-quality pre-school for all families in the United States. Advocates say the ...


Over at the Mother Jones blog, Gary Moskowitz goes off on Spellings for shedding responsibility too easily and gives me a little shout-out for the Spellings-Gonzales comparison (despite the fact that I've been mis-spelling the AG's name for weeks now). Money quote: "In the first 30 seconds of her Daily Show interview last night, [Spellings] laughingly deferred Jon Stewart's joke about Lunchables to agriculture officials, and Stewart's food pyramid question to Health and Human Services. But her "hands are tied" arguments are wearing thin."...


Boy who slept in trash is student of the year MSNBC For much of his life, 11-year-old D.J. Graffree was a cocky kid who didn't need any adults to look after him or tell him what to do. Now he is an example for other children. How to avoid pesky NCLB testing requirements EIA Intelligencer Just start measuring fingers. Washington state teen wins geography bee MSNBC What city, divided by a river of the same name, was the imperial capital of Vietnam? The answer won 14-year-old Caitlin Snaring from Redmond, Wash., a $25,000 college scholarship Wednesday at the ...


Congrats to education journalism star and all-around smartypants Joshua Benton of the Dallas Morning News (not nearly as angelic as he appears here) for having been named just one of 30 folks to get a Nieman Fellowship to go party learn stuff at Harvard next year. (See here for the announcement). I don't really believe in these residential sabbaticals, but would go if I weren't too chicken too apply and had better clips. In any case, Cambridge will never be the same. Congrats and condolences to Benton and the rest of the education team in Dallas. I guess the New ...


What's the connection between former Justice Department official Monica Goodling (no relation, far as I know), who is testifying about her role as liaison between the White House and DOJ on the fired attorneys, and education? Well, Goodling's counterpart in the Reading First scandal has yet to be heard from. Her name's Beth Ann Bryan, and once this whole Gonzales thing is done with I hope we'll get to hear from her, too -- ideally under oath and without immunity....


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