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Date Fairness.com Resource Read it at: May 30, 2008 U.S. Withdraws Fulbright Grants to Gaza
QUOTE: Israel has isolated this coastal strip, which is run by the militant group Hamas. Given that policy, the United States Consulate in Jerusalem said the grant money had been “redirected” to students elsewhere out of concern that it would go to waste if the Palestinian students were forced to remain in Gaza.
New York Times May 25, 2008 Grief in the Rubble: Chinese Are Left to Ask Why Schools Crumbled
QUOTE: “This is not a natural disaster,” said Ren Yongchang, whose 9-year-old son died inside the destroyed school. His hands were covered in plaster dust as he stood beside the rubble, shouting and weeping as he grabbed the exposed steel rebar of a broken concrete column. “This is not good steel. It doesn’t meet standards. They stole our children.”
New York Times May 02, 2008 Oakland Teach-In Looks at Budget Cuts and the War
QUOTE: That kind of angry outburst may have been precisely the point of a daylong act of educational disobedience undertaken on Thursday by about two dozen teachers across Oakland, who set aside their normal lesson plans in favor of topics like the war in Iraq, racial inequality and a recent 10 percent cut in the state schools budget.
New York Times Apr 28, 2008 Battle in Brooklyn: A Principal’s Rise and Fall: Critics Cost Muslim Educator Her Dream School
QUOTE: Muslim leaders, academics and others see the drive against the school as the latest in a series of discriminatory attacks intended to distort the truth and play on Americans’ fear of terrorism. They say the campaign is also part of a wider effort to silence critics of Washington’s policy on Israel and the Middle East.
New York Times Apr 27, 2008 Truth: Can You Handle It? Better Yet: Do You Know It When You See It?
QUOTE: when asked to recall which information was false, the seniors couldn't do it. They remembered all of the information as true, knowing that they'd heard something about shark cartilage somewhere. In fact, the more times that they were told the information was false, the more they believed it was true.....As students must absorb increasingly more information throughout their education, perhaps expecting them to assess whether it's true is simply too much. Four errors to Britannica's three ain't bad -- and probably good enough for the research the average person does on a daily basis.
Washington Post Apr 15, 2008 California eyes new free-speech protections in schools: A bill seeks to protect teacher advisers when student newspapers anger administrators.
QUOTE: Two years ago, the state [of California] was the first to pass a bill preventing college administrators from censoring student newspapers. Now, legislation is moving forward to protect both high school and college faculty advisers from being punished by administrators for students' articles or editorials.
Christian Science Monitor Apr 13, 2008 When Strings Are Attached, Quirky Gifts Can Limit Universities
QUOTE: Critics of universities say that while sizable portions of university endowments may be restricted, the wealthiest universities still could use more of their endowments to reduce tuition. “It is simply false to claim that donor restrictions prevent increased spending," said Lynne Munson, an adjunct research fellow at the Center for College Affordability and Productivity.
New York Times Apr 10, 2008 Behavioral Study on Students Stirs Debate: Fairfax Report Finds Possible Racial Bias
QUOTE: The county School Board...is scheduled to vote tonight on whether to accept a staff report that concludes, in part, that black and Hispanic students and special education students received lower marks than white and Asian American students for demonstration of "sound moral character and ethical judgment."
Washington Post Mar 27, 2008 Weaning Teenagers Off Gossip, for One Hour at a Time
QUOTE: In the secret lives of high school students, social warfare is often waged with words. Plots are hatched during a quick trip to the lockers, rumors destroy reputations at recess, and friendships crumble at varsity practice. Usually, the deep emotional wounds are invisible to teachers, coaches and parents.
New York Times Mar 20, 2008 The Professor as Open Book
QUOTE: While many professors have rushed to meet the age of social networking, there are some who think it is symptomatic of an unfortunate trend, that a professor’s job today is not just to impart knowledge, but to be an entertainer. Certainly, professors have embraced the Internet since its earliest days, using it as a scholarly avenue of communication, publication and debate. Now it is common for many to reveal more personal information that has little connection to their work.
New York Times Mar 07, 2008 Facebook Study Group Could Get Student Expelled
QUOTE: A freshman at Ryerson University in Toronto has been charged with cheating for running a Facebook study group and could be expelled pending a faculty hearing...
WebProNews Mar 04, 2008 Army to revise online courses to stop cheaters: Test access cards, limits on courses among changes
QUOTE: The new measures...are intended to combat the proliferation of Internet "sham school" sites that help students cheat, including one that offers to take the courses for soldiers in exchange for a small fee.
Boston Globe Mar 03, 2008 Campus Crime Information is Vital To Keeping Students Safe
QUOTE: Universities receiving federal funding are presented with a fine line to walk when it comes to opening and providing their records. On the one hand, colleges have a mandate to protect student privacy; on the other hand, campus crime information must be made available to the student body. There is little room for error between these two obligations, because both are designed to protect the safety of students.
Sunshine Week Feb 26, 2008 Nearby Schools, Worlds Apart: Md. Counties Show Contrast In Resources
QUOTE: The two schools illustrate the contrasting challenges facing less-affluent school systems...and wealthier districts...as they labor toward a common goal: adequate yearly progress under the No Child Left Behind law.
Washington Post Feb 23, 2008 Desegregation Order Lifted From a School in Brooklyn
QUOTE: The order was imposed when the district...was largely white and the Federal District Court in Brooklyn ruled that it was steering white, middle-class students away from the school, deliberately segregating it.
New York Times Feb 22, 2008 Professor at Columbia to Keep Job
QUOTE: [The professor] entered the limelight in the fall when a noose was attached to her office door...[she said] that “as one of only two tenured black women full professors at Teachers College, it pains me to conclude that I have been specifically and systematically targeted.”
New York Times Feb 17, 2008 Two Guys and a Chick Set Off Tiff Over School Library Policy
QUOTE: A children's book about two male penguins that hatch and parent a chick was pulled from library shelves in Loudoun County elementary schools this month after a parent complained that it promoted a gay agenda...censorship watchdogs say [the] decision still sends a strong message.
Washington Post Feb 10, 2008 Lawmakers Weigh Parental Notification Changes
QUOTE: After last spring's shooting at Virginia Tech, the extent of the confusion over federal privacy laws at college campuses became obvious...Can schools contact parents with concerns about their adult children? Should they? What can they say?
Washington Post Feb 09, 2008 Ethics Inquiry Postpones N.Y.U. Merger With Polytechnic
QUOTE: New York University’s plan to re-enter the engineering field by taking over a Brooklyn engineering school suffered a setback on Thursday...Among those issues...were suggestions that some members of Polytechnic’s board who are to vote on the deal might have conflicts of interest.
New York Times Feb 08, 2008 Gossip and Slander at a Campus Near You
QUOTE: An anonymous Web site that’s caught the attention — and provoked the ire — of students across the country has already unleashed comments...in carefree, unregulated and sometimes vicious discussion threads that have raised privacy concerns and condemnations on several campuses.
Inside Higher Ed Feb 03, 2008 Grad Students May Get to Unionize: U-Md., Which Doesn't See Them as Employees, Likely to Oppose Bill
QUOTE: A Montgomery County lawmaker will introduce legislation tomorrow to allow graduate students and adjunct professors at Maryland's public universities to form unions..."Graduate students are treated like the migrant laborers of higher education," said [a MD state senator].
Washington Post Feb 01, 2008 Online Schooling Grows, Setting Off a Debate
QUOTE: The rapid growth of [online] schools has provoked debates in courtrooms and legislatures over money, as the schools compete with local districts for millions in public dollars, and over issues like whether online learning is appropriate for young children.
New York Times Jan 24, 2008 Math Classes At Elementary Schools Prompt Parents' Outcry: Petition Says Curriculum Is Disservice to Students
QUOTE: A group of Prince William County parents is mounting a campaign to repeal a new elementary school math curriculum...Parents in the group...say that the Investigations curriculum is putting their children behind grade level and is too convoluted.
Washington Post Jan 14, 2008 State to Audit No-Bid Award of City’s School Contracts
QUOTE: [New York] state comptroller, Thomas P. DiNapoli, is opening an audit of the City Education Department’s increasing practice of awarding contracts without competitive bidding. In the past five years such contracts have totaled $315 million.
New York Times Dec 23, 2007 Goes With the Job (The Ethicist)
QUOTE:  An A.P. English teacher at a public school, I am inundated with requests for college recommendations...would it be unethical to charge a fee to the parents of these students akin to that charged by outside SAT tutors?  I am a gynecologist...[a new patient] made an assumption [that I do not perform abortions]...Must I correct this misunderstanding?
New York Times Nov 19, 2007 Despite Blog Hype, Bill Wouldn't Turn Universities Into Copyright Cops
QUOTE: Some university presidents, vice presidents and chancellors from Yale, Stanford, Penn State and the University of Maryland are also crying wolf about the act, which a House committee approved Thursday. They say in a letter to California Rep. George Miller, one of the measure's Democratic architects, that a university's students would be cut off from financial aid if an "institution has failed to prevent illegal file sharing."
Wired Nov 18, 2007 Bad Grad, Good Grad (The Ethicist)
QUOTE:  One of my grad students copied a term paper from the Internet, cutting and pasting from various uncredited sources...I proposed that she search out the several dozen articles she used to “compose” her paper and write each author an apology... My schooling is paid for, and I receive a salary for my work on which I can get by...would it be ethical to accept the loans for investment?
New York Times Oct 21, 2007 A Court Decision Elbows a Village in Favor of Religious Rights
QUOTE: Peyote or no peyote, land-use planning and zoning board decisions aren’t made for thrilling public debate — unless it’s your backyard that’s involved. But the path from the North American Church to the Orthodox day school does have an Alice in Wonderland quality. It has brought the federal government someplace it has almost never been — the realm of local land use, planning and zoning decisions.
New York Times Oct 07, 2007 For Schools, Lottery Payoffs Fall Short of Promises
QUOTE: For years, those states have heard complaints that not enough of their lottery revenue is used for education. Now, a New York Times examination of lottery documents, as well as interviews with lottery administrators and analysts, finds that lotteries accounted for less than 1 percent to 5 percent of the total revenue for K-12 education last year in the states that use this money for schools.
New York Times Oct 05, 2007 UW fined $2,100 after employee shot at work
QUOTE: Investigators with Labor and Industries concluded in a report delivered to UW administrators late Thursday that the school didn't effectively enforce policies related to domestic violence in the workplace, specifically because Griego's supervisors -- including Daniel Friedman, the dean of the College of Architecture and Urban Planning -- weren't aware of the policies.
Seattle Post-Intelligencer Sep 06, 2007 Secretary of Education Criticizes Proposal
QUOTE: Education Secretary Margaret Spellings on Wednesday criticized a Congressional proposal to soften provisions of President’s Bush signature education law, saying it would severely weaken the federal effort to raise achievement among poor and minority children.
New York Times Aug 22, 2007 The Preschool Question: Who Gets to Go? Va. Expansion Efforts Highlight Debate
QUOTE: These Fairfax County 4- and 5-year-olds are part of a national push to devote more public resources to the youngest learners. They are also at the center of a debate... over whether the government should offer preschool to all children or concentrate on those from poor families.
Washington Post Aug 21, 2007 More Students Finish School, Given the Time
QUOTE: Faced with 70,000 students or more who are years behind in obtaining the credits needed to graduate from high school, New York City is at the forefront of a movement to recognize that for a significant number, high school might stretch into five, six, even seven years… [and] New York is not unique in the vast number of students who are at risk of dropping out.
New York Times Aug 15, 2007 On Education: Lessons on Homosexuality Move Into the Classroom
QUOTE: This fall… [Montgomery] county will offer lessons on homosexuality…But critics… contended that the Montgomery County schools… have gone too far.
New York Times Aug 11, 2007 Economic View: The Dismal Science, Dismally Taught
QUOTE: Why aren’t introductory economics courses more effective? ... economists at Georgia State University suggest a more troubling possibility — that introductory economics instructors may not have mastered some of the basic concepts themselves.
New York Times Aug 03, 2007 In Alaska, school equality elusive: The state must improve education in rural areas before requiring students to pass the state exit exam, a judge recently ruled.
QUOTE: The decision... found that while funding levels for far-flung districts met constitutional requirements, education quality was so poor in certain areas that students there should not be required to pass exit exams to get diplomas.
Christian Science Monitor Jul 31, 2007 'No Child' Needs to Expand Beyond Tests, Chair Says
QUOTE: No Child Left Behind has come under attack from conservatives, who see the law as a federal intrusion into public schools, and from liberals, who believe it focuses too much on standardized tests. [But] the law has kept the support of leading Democrats and Republicans in Congress.
Washington Post Jul 10, 2007 Public Schools Feed Multitudes in the Summer
QUOTE: The Food Research and Action Center... has lobbied school districts to take advantage of the program, arguing that the millions of children who receive free meals during the school year are left stranded during the summer.
New York Times Jul 10, 2007 As War Enters Classrooms, Fear Grips Afghans
QUOTE: Shootings, beheadings, burnings and bombings: these are all tools of intimidation used by the Taliban and others to shut down hundreds of Afghanistan’s public schools.
New York Times Jul 04, 2007 On Education: So Much Paperwork, So Little Time to Teach
QUOTE: During the time when the students were entitled to instruction in English, they were sitting in other courses that they may or may not have understood...
New York Times Jul 03, 2007 Militias, bribes tip scales as Iraqis take final exams: Graduation tests for middle and high schools end Tuesday.
QUOTE: Over the past two weeks, Iraq has seen an unprecedented level of interference by militias and insurgents as students have taken national exams for middle and high school diplomas. Cheating and bribing have also marred the process – as have threats by parents to uncooperative teachers.
Christian Science Monitor Jun 30, 2007 Court Ruling Likely to Further Segregate Schools, Educators Say
QUOTE: The nation's schools, which have become increasingly segregated in recent decades, are likely to become even more racially divided as a result of this week's Supreme Court decision curtailing the use of race in school integration plans...
Washington Post Jun 30, 2007 Neutrality in Expansion at Columbia Is Questioned
QUOTE: A state judge has questioned the independence of a state agency that is working with Columbia University to determine whether to condemn private property so that the university can expand.
New York Times Jun 28, 2007 Patrons’ Sway Leads to Friction in Charter School
QUOTE: The clash has exposed fault lines of wealth and class that are perhaps inevitable as philanthropists, in New York and nationwide, increasingly invest in public education, providing new schools to children in poor neighborhoods while making communities dependent on their generosity.
New York Times Jun 27, 2007 New Report Clears School of Cheating
QUOTE: Philip Nobile reported in 2004 that the assistant principal of the Brooklyn high school where he taught had ordered other teachers to cheat on the scoring of Regents exams… [but] a scathing 67-page report released yesterday... called Mr. Nobile a subpar teacher with poor evaluations who wrongly accused Ms. Capra of engineering a cheating scheme...
New York Times Jun 26, 2007 School Official Apologizes for Removing Photo of Kiss
QUOTE: Last week, a picture of [Andre] Jackson kissing his boyfriend was deemed “suggestive” by the superintendent...Yesterday, the school district reversed course, and released a statement apologizing to Mr. Jackson and saying the yearbook would be reissued with the picture unmarked.
New York Times Jun 18, 2007 The School of Second Chances: D.C. Institution Reaches Out to Nontraditional Students
QUOTE: "There is a large pool of what I like to call 'people of promise,' who have not had a tradition of college-going in their family, who maybe have very challenging financial situations..." [Southeastern President Charlene Drew Jarvis] said. "But their promise is shown as soon as they connect to the idea that they can go to college."
Washington Post Jun 18, 2007 Va. School's No-Contact Rule Is a Touchy Subject
QUOTE: [Kilmer Middle] School officials say the [no touching] rule helps keep crowded hallways and lunchrooms safe and orderly, and ensures that all students are comfortable. But [some] think the school's hands-off approach goes too far, and they are lobbying for a change.
Washington Post Jun 11, 2007 Giving Proper Credit To Home-Schooled: With Applications From Nontraditional Students Rising, More Universities Are Revamping Evaluation Methods
QUOTE: Admissions officers accustomed to evaluating class rankings, transcripts and recommendations from professional teachers have long faced challenges in evaluating home-schooled applicants .... Colleges are finding ways to adapt to the growing market.
Washington Post Jun 07, 2007 State School Standards Vary Widely in Study
QUOTE: What students must learn to be deemed academically proficient varies drastically from state to state, the United States Department of Education said today in a report that, for the first time, showed the specific extent of the differences. The report supports critics who say the political compromise of the federal No Child Left Behind law, President Bush’s signature education initiative, has led to a patchwork of educational inequities around the country.
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