President Bush is proposing to eliminate the entire $1.3 billion federal vocational program in his fiscal 2006 budget, arguing that it has yielded "little or no evidence of improved outcomes," despite decades of federal spending.
February 2005 Archives
In a viewpoint article in Teacher Magazine, educational consultant Tim Deroche argues that, far from being necessary evils that creative educators simply have to endure, standards and testing are having an "incredibly positive effect on teacher morale."
The No Child Left Behind Act requires school districts to employ "highly qualified" educators, but meeting the standard may be a particular challenge for special education teachers, who might not have majored in a discipline such as English, science, or math before entering the classroom. Under the federal special education law, teachers must be highly qualified in special education as well as every subject they teach. How will the new teacher-quality standards affect the field of special education? How should the competency of special education teachers be judged?...
Do schools need to take a greater role in stopping bullying? Are anti-bullying strategies effective?
Starting in March, the SAT, taken by more than 1.4 Million college-gound students, will undergo its most significant change since 1994.