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Self-defense in Texas
For years, a fight was a fight in schools, and every student involved was guilty. But a new Texas law requires school districts to determine if students can claim self-defense and to include that policy in student conduct guidelines for this school year. Some districts, such as Dallas, say self-defense is not an excuse, and they won't change their policy.
The joke among the mostly African-American students and even some teachers at Chicago Vocational High School in the 1980s had been that CVS was an acronym for crime, violence and sex. CVS was a place where many teenagers carried guns and knives, gangs had brawls, bullies ruled, and boys raped girls in bathrooms.
In the game of reading, third-grade graduation is the 50-yard line, the place where children cross over from learning to read to reading to learn. More than a third aren't ready. Their chances for reaching the end zone (high school graduation) are already diminished. They've barely begun the second quarter of their academic careers.
The average NAEP reading test score for fourth-grade is 217
Average NAEP Score
Years ago, we wanted to be able to broadcast to our parents through our own [TV] channel," explains Charlie Garten, discussing the initial interest of his district in video-production technology. "But once we saw Web streaming we decided not to worry about a channel. And now it's gone way beyond that--to become a real teaching and learning tool. It's quite a phenomenon."
If it seems as if every page you turn to in this month's magazine contains some reference to No Child Left Behind, you may not be far off. In our 96 pages, there are six news stories that reference NCLB, four features, two columns and one new product. That's not including Inside the Law, our NCLB update.