News & Views - Oct, 1999 Issue #62
LEGAL OPINION ON TRANSPORTS
(December 20, 1998) California attorney Dan Koller has a legal opinion
that, based on California law and Court decisions, concludes parents can hire an agent to transport a child to a residential school.
This opinion is based on a “First Amendment Right to Direct the Upbringing Of Their Children.”
U.S. ACHIEVEMENT GAP - TEACHING METHODS
(August 25, 1999) USA Today reported an up-coming book by researchers James W. Stigler and James Hiebert titled “The Teaching Gap”
(The Free Press, $23). Their “study found that teaching practices common in the United States inhibit schools.”
STUDY SAYS ADHD MAY BE OVERDIAGNOSED
(September 1, 1999) An Associated Press story reported a study by Eastern Virginia Medical School and Children’s Hospital of The King’s
Daughters researchers that children in selected districts in southeastern Virginia took drugs for ADHD at two to three times the expected
PARENTS’ RIGHTS IN CHILD ABUSE INQUIRIES
(September 15, 1999) The U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled, “Government officials investigating possible child abuse cannot
conduct an invasive bodily search of a child without parental permission unless a judge has ruled in advance that such a search is
warranted.” And, the Court “held that parents have a right to be present or in a nearby waiting room in cases in which judges permit
25 % OF STUDENTS BYPASS NEIGHBORHOOD SCHOOLS (September 22, 1999) Policy Analysis
for California Education (PACE), a research institute based at the University of California-Berkeley, and Stanford University, found
that 25% of American students attended something other than their neighborhood schools.
ONLY 25% OF STUDENTS CAN WRITE WELL
(September 28, 1999) An associated Press article referenced an Education Department report concluding a little more than 75% of American
students can write at what was considered the basic level, only about 25% would be considered proficient writers, and 1% can write
at an advanced level.
EDUCATION GOALS NOT BEING MET
(September 28, 1999) The Associated Press reported that at a September 30 education summit meeting at Palisades, New York it will
be reported that the benchmarks set by Goals 2000: Educate America Act in 1994 are not being met.
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