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Airing Out Old Concerns

Glimmers Of Hope in No Child

Something good is coming out of adequate yearly progress reports.

In pockets across the nation, such as in North Carolina and Mississippi, great gains are happening.

New Teacher Certification Program Angers NEA

In spite of overwhelming agreement about the objective of the No Child Left Behind law to put a highly qualified teacher in every classroom, there is debate about whether the Bush administration's approach will work.

New England's Bold Test: Multi-State Assessments

A better quality assessment of what every student learns, including special education and English language learners, is what new multi-state assessment tests are all about.

Turn the Paige?

It's becoming the comment that won't go away. A petition and advertising campaign directed at Secretary of Education Rod Paige says he has flunked his job and should be fired for calling the nation's largest teacher's union a "terrorist organization."

Update on No Child After Two Years

More students are using tutoring while not choosing another school to get a quality education. States and districts are dragging their feet when it comes to updating teacher qualifications. And funding is still a big issue.

These are among the findings in the most comprehensive national examination of all aspects of No Child Left Behind implementation.

Another Month, Another Change

Speaking up hasn't hurt educators lately. The Bush administration is easing restrictions on No Child Left Behind yet again, the fourth change in four months.

This time, the change reduces the number of students a school may test without shirking the law. The issue was atop a pile of complaints from educators, who say the required 95 percent participation rate on math and reading tests to determine adequate yearly progress every year was too strict.

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.

Mixed Grades for NCLB On Second Anniversary

Charter Schools Likely to Grow

Is it a better option? Will students learn more, test better? These questions continue to linger around charter schools and charter districts.

While there is no definitive answer, what is certain is that charter schools help answer a demand of the No Child Left Behind Act. Charters are one option for students in low-performing schools who want to transfer to better schools. Already, policy makers in California, the District of Columbia and Pennsylvania have created charter districts. Charter schools exist in 40 states.