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The New SAT

It's not your father's SAT anymore. Come spring of 2005, high school students will be sitting down to take an SAT that is much different from anything their parents, or even their siblings, ever faced.

The $100,000 Teacher: Coming Soon to Minnesota?

Borrowing a page from other job sectors, Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty wants to give performance bonuses to attract and retain "super teachers" for the state's most challenged public schools.

New NAEP Results: Urban Districts Closing the Gap

Big city students are trailing their national counterparts, according to 2002 reading and writing test scores, but some results reveal pleasant surprises, officials say.

Head Start in Question

By one vote, the House passed in July the Head Start reauthorization bill that would reshape the program to be more in line with what the White House wants, and with what many politicians and educators fear.

The issue now goes to the Senate.

Oakland's Perfect Storm Leads to State Takeover

It was a "perfect storm" of sorts, dubbed by locals referring to the 48,000-student Oakland, Calif., school district during the last two years. As a result, the ship's captain, Superintendent Dennis Chaconas, and its locally elected school board, were tossed overboard when the state recently approved a $100 million bailout to save the district from bankruptcy.


Ax Falls on Misreported Disciplinary Data

It could happen to you. That’s the lesson in recent news out of Gwinnett County, Ga., where the school system was recently busted for omitting more than a few serious disciplinary infractions from a statemandated report.

Colorado: Vouchers Start Next Year

About 4,000 Colorado students in the state's neediest districts will be eligible for school vouchers next year under legislation signed by Gov. Bill Owens in April. The voucher legislation is the first to be passed by a state since the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that vouchers were constitutional last June.

Portland's Lesser of Two Evils

They faced a 14 percent pay cut and 24 fewer days of school this year. They could have paid nearly $194 a month in additional co-payments for health insurance. And they faced a possible strike.