December 17, 2007

New Chairwoman in S. Carolina

An interview with the newly-elected Chairwoman of the South Carolina State Board of Education.

December 7, 2007

College Concussions

Note in this NY Times story about college football player concussions the primary concern of Stanford head coach Jim Harbaugh about the concussion recently suffered by his QB. Harbaugh isn’t worried about the player’s health so much, but whether his injury will impact his performance. “If there was some kind of postconcussion effect, like being not as accurate with his passes, that would without question impact how much he plays,” Harbaugh said.”

December 6, 2007

Charter School Reforms Proposed in Florida

“Florida's 358 charter schools need greater academic scrutiny and tighter fiscal supervision, according to recommendations being released today by the state Senate.

In particular, a report by the Senate Education Committee takes aim at the large numbers of charters that do not receive the annual state grades handed out to public schools and financial arrangements that have taken money from the classroom,” reports the Orlando Sentinel.

New NCES Report: Public High School Dropouts: School Year 2004-05

The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) has just released the report "Numbers and Rates of Public High School Dropouts: School Year 2004-05"


This report presents findings on the numbers and rates of public school students who dropped out of school in school years 2002-03, 2003-04, and 2004-05, using data from the CCD State-Level Public Use Data File on Public School Dropouts for these years. The report includes high school dropout rates by state, region, school district size, and several student characteristics.