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Paige's Slip of Tongue Leaves Bad Taste

When U.S. Secretary of Education Rod Paige called the National Education Association a "terrorist organization" in late February, it prompted the NEA leader to ask for Paige's resignation.

Q&A with Beth McGrath: Real-Time Math and Science

Q:What forces are working for and against K-12 technology integration in math and science?

When an unsuspecting Chicago-area teacher recently got a surprise call from a merchant in New York about an online purchase he had never made, he discovered someone else was using his credit card number.

Last month's column featured my hardware and R&D related recommendations for the National Educational Technology Plan. Here are some additional recommendations for imaginative school leaders and members of President Nader's cabinet.


When I first heard John Goodlad's speech at February's AASA conference, I was too surprised to really consider it.

A growing body of research links high-quality school library programs to higher reading scores for students. The most convincing studies are careful to account for the impact of community conditions such as school affluence or parents' educational levels. They also control for school characteristics like teacher-pupil ratio and per-pupil expenditures. Statewide studies of this type, led by researcher Keith Curry Lance, concluded library media variables alone explained 2 percent to 8 percent of the variation in reading test scores in three states (see chart).

It was a sweet outdoor field trip moment turned sour. While relaxing on the edge of a hay wagon, taking in the scene at the farm, science lab teacher Darleen Horton remarked to a fourth grader, "Isn't this nice?" His reply: "It's scary."

A Model Classroom

Missions to Mars

After months of travel, two NASA rovers have landed and begun exploration of the Red Planet. Here on Earth, educators are creating adventures for students to embark on some Mars expeditions of their own.

There's the Mars Student Imaging Project. Teams of students in grades five and up are working with scientists, mission planners and educators from Arizona State University's Mars Space Flight Facility to image a site on Mars using a visible wavelength camera. The camera is aboard the Mars Odyssey spacecraft currently orbiting Mars.

Mixed Grades for NCLB On Second Anniversary

Virginia School Board Seeks Power to Sue Struggling Districts

A bill recently introduced in the Virginia state legislature would allow the state Board of Education to sue school districts that do not meet state performance standards.