September 2005: Journalist.
Role Name Type Last Updated Employee/Freelancer/Contractor (past or present) Christian Science Monitor Source Jan 25, 2008
Articles and Resources
Date Fairness.com Resource Read it at: Jan 25, 2008 Resegregation of U.S. schools deepening: Districts in big cities of the Midwest and Northeast undergo the most change.
QUOTE: ...[some experts say] the fact is that segregated schools tend to be highly correlated with such things as school performance and the ability to attract teachers..."Once you separate kids spacially from more privileged kids, they tend to not get the same things," says [one expert]. "And we need to start thinking about how a school that's racially isolated can be preparing students for this global society we live in."
Christian Science Monitor Jan 09, 2008 Chicago's mixed record on school reform:Bush cites city's gains on sixth anniversary of No Child Left Behind. Critics see uneven results.
QUOTE: Nationally, [President] Bush has been touting No Child Left Behind (NCLB), crediting it with raising fourth-grade reading scores and narrowing the achievement gap between whites and minorities. Others say they're still waiting to see major results and blame the law for an increased focus on "teaching to the test" rather than giving more resources or training to underfunded schools.
Christian Science Monitor Nov 09, 2007 Some cities reach out to illegal immigrants: Addison, Ill. offers computer training and ESL classes.
QUOTE: While roughly two-thirds of immigrant-related ordinances enacted over the past 18 months have been hard on immigrants, in a handful of communities – particularly those with a longer history of immigrants – leaders are taking a different tack, and finding approaches to help immigrants integrate.
Christian Science Monitor May 30, 2007 What do states owe the exonerated? States' compensation for wrongful imprisonment ranges from zero to millions of dollars.
QUOTE: The cases are typical results of the patchwork of compensation laws in the US, say experts. Last month, the 200th person was exonerated due to DNA evidence, but the majority of those released have gotten nothing but an apology – and sometimes not even that. As DNA exonerations become more plentiful – and more publicized – some states are moving on the compensation front.
Christian Science Monitor Apr 27, 2007 When a student's in trouble, should parents know?: US privacy laws prevent counselors from informing parents of danger signs. But many say they should know if their young adult children – or their roo
QUOTE: If their offspring has stalked a peer or stayed in a mental-health clinic or been watched for suicidal inclinations at college, they want to know. Immediately. Yet parents may be among the last people to be told of any concerns. Because of strict confidentiality laws, such problems cannot be reported to parents – or roommates or others close to a young adult in trouble.
Christian Science Monitor Apr 20, 2007 Colleges walk fine line with troubled students: The tragedy at Virginia Tech has prompted calls for more security and less privacy.
QUOTE: It's an issue colleges have confronted before: the extent to which they should be expected to foresee and take responsibility for their students' actions. The debate arises in the wake of student suicides or assaults that parents may believe could have been prevented. It pits safety against the protections of privacy and disability law – and can leave schools unsure how to act. This week's shootings at Virginia Tech...
Christian Science Monitor Apr 17, 2007 How safe are college campuses?: The shootings at Virginia Tech may challenge a cherished culture of openness.
QUOTE: Already, Virginia Tech, where 32 people were killed Tuesday by a student who then killed himself, is under attack for not locking down campus after the first of two shootings. But experts note that tighter security in the aftermath of violence isn't always effective. Instead, some argue, universities must focus more on preventive measures like outreach and helping students identify early signs of trouble.
Christian Science Monitor Mar 29, 2007 Organic food? Sure, but is it cage-free?: Some US consumers want labels that tell if food is local and animals are treated humanely.
QUOTE: The movement, in one sense, is relatively tiny. The organic industry has been steadily growing at close to 20 percent a year, but it still encompasses only about 2.5 percent of all food sales, according to the most recent 2005 figures. A far smaller subset of consumers who buy organic also care about issues like buying local products or supporting fair-trade principles.
Christian Science Monitor Oct 26, 2006 Move to single-sex classes fans debate: New federal rules let US public schools split up boys and girls. Research on the practice is inconclusive.
QUOTE: Controversial new regulations give educators far more latitude to establish schools and classes strictly for a single gender, even as research on the practice is scarce and inconclusive...It's a change that has intensified a long-running debate over whether boys and girls learn better in a single-sex environment, with critics warning the regulations may roll back years of hard-won ground.
Christian Science Monitor Oct 12, 2006 South Dakota's stark abortion choice: A proposed ban on the ballot would be the nation's strictest since the 1973 Supreme Court ruling upholding the practice.
QUOTE: South Dakota voters are poised to weigh in on a landmark bill, passed by the legislature in March and referred to the ballot by a petition drive, that would outlaw all abortions except to save a mother's life. While the law, if approved, will almost certainly be challenged in court...
Christian Science Monitor Aug 28, 2006 For mother and son, an immigration predicament
QUOTE: To supporters, her case is a symbol of a "broken" immigration system and of all the families who could be split by deportation. But critics, too, claim Arellano as a symbol - of the sort of lawbreaker they say has no place in America.
Christian Science Monitor Aug 18, 2006 Teacher's radical 9/11 views raise red flags: A university lecturer casts doubt that terrorists plotted the attacks. Is that academic freedom?
QUOTE: the case raises questions about academic freedom: Are there limits to what can be taught, and if so, who decides them? Are certain views indicative of incompetence...or does such criticism lead to censorship?
Christian Science Monitor Jun 12, 2006 A tighter rein on faith-based initiatives: A court ruling last week against an Iowa prison program insists upon church-state separation.
QUOTE: federal district judgee in Iowa...found that the InnerChange program run by Prison Fellowship Ministries in an Iowa prison was "pervasively sectarian" and that the facts "leave no room to doubt that the state of Iowa is excessively entangled with religion" through the program.
Christian Science Monitor May 17, 2006 As 'organic' goes mainstream, will standards suffer? Advocates are cheered by the growing appeal of organic foods. But shoppers, confused by labels, don't always get what they think they paid for.
QUOTE: ...while some organic-food fans welcome its broadening appeal and availability, others worry that the entry of corporate behemoths...will weaken standards or squeeze out small farmers...consumers face a jumble of labels...with little to indicate how well those claims match reality.
Christian Science Monitor Apr 24, 2006 In police lineups, is the method the suspect?
QUOTE: Of the 175 convictions overturned by DNA evidence, 75 percent were convicted largely because of eyewitness testimony that turned out to be mistaken...The study's results...are a boost to police departments that have resisted lineup changes.
Christian Science Monitor Mar 15, 2006 Several states weigh ban on gay adoptions
QUOTE: Catholic Charities of Boston has placed a tiny number of children with gay parents....when those adoptions became public knowledge, the archdiocese's bishops - following a Vatican directive - announced they had to stop...The divide is hardly unique to the Catholic church, and conservatives, gay rights groups, and child-welfare organizations are eyeing the growing momentum behind efforts to ban or limit same-sex adoptions.
Christian Science Monitor Feb 02, 2006 Schools grapple with policing students' online journals
QUOTE: ...murky territory of free speech in schools...The worries range from the serious - student safety and cyberbullying - to the mundane, minimizing gossip and protecting students from embarrassment. Some schools are trying to restrict access to the sites, or are holding sessions to educate both parents and students on proper guidelines.
Christian Science Monitor Aug 31, 2005 Despite more jobs, US poverty rate rises: Percentage of Americans in poverty grew for the fourth straight year, the US Census Bureau reported Tuesday.
QUOTE: ... the lack of long-term improvement is particularly troubling. "There is still a generation of no progress against poverty... we have to confront the fact that ... a rising economy no longer lifts all boats."
Christian Science Monitor Aug 25, 2005 California court affirms gay parenting: Ruling sets responsibilities, rights of homosexual parents but spurs backlash by same-sex marriage opponents.
QUOTE: ...law, formed decades before sperm donors, surrogate parents, and same-sex parents were common concepts, is often hardly adequate. But increasingly, say experts, courts are ruling based on the individuals' intent to act as parents and principles like parenthood by "estoppel" - in which an acting parent-child relationship creates legal parenthood.
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