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Mechanics and Doctors, Lets Educate Both: An Argument for SB 381

New America Media, Commentary, Sen. Roderick D. Wright, May 19, 2009

A controversial new bill would require school districts that adopt college preparatory classes to also provide career education. New America Media presents two perspectives on the debate.

Every Student Deserves to Go to College: An Argument Against SB 381

New America Media, Commentary, Marqueece Harris-Dawson, May 19, 2009

Raising graduation requirements, as embodied in legislation SB 381, will put a strain on school districts and dampen the hopes of minority parents who want their children to go to college.

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Recession Impacts Preschool In California

New America Media, Q&A, Carolyn Goossen, Apr 24, 2009

Catherine Atkin, president of Preschool California discusses how state budget cuts have cut deep into public education in California, even to the level of preschool programs.

SCHOOL MATTERS: School Principal Tackles Achievement Gap With Help From Confucius

Sing Tao Daily, News Report, Charles Ding, Mar 28, 2009

A Chinese principal in Southern California uses an innovative mix of hard work and Confucian principles to reduce the academic achievement gap among his students, most of whom are Asian or Latino.

SCHOOL MATTERS: Educational Equity Feeds Economic Growth

New America Media, Commentary, Michael Wotorson, Mar 15, 2009

Developing a strong workforce for tomorrow requires fostering future business and civic leadership through high-quality high school education today, argues the writer.

School Matters: From Sisyphus to Prometheus, California's Education Challenge

New America Media, Commentary, Paul Tran, Feb 25, 2009

In Greek mythology, King Sisyphus is sentenced to an afterlife in which he must push a boulder up a hill, only to have it roll down again just as he reaches the top. It's a story of futility that is a fitting metaphor for school reform efforts in California. But we can change the myth and the paradigm. A new report suggests the way.

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Principal Promotes Peace

New America Media, News Feature, Carolyn Goossen, Feb 24, 2009

San Jose principal Orlando Ramos is trying to create detente among gangs in his middle school by using students' leadership skills to help them make better choices and create a more peaceful campus.

High Hopes for College Despite Low Test Scores

New America Media, News Report, Carolyn Goossen, Feb 10, 2009

At the June Jordan School for Equity, a bold experiment is taking shape: students who most people think don't have a chance are now dreaming of going to college.

SCHOOL MATTERS: Active Parents Key to Black Students' Success

New America Media, Commentary, Rema Reynolds, Jan 30, 2009

Kindergarten is not too early to get involved in your children's education, an African American mother tells her peers.

School Matters: Seven Years of No Child Left Behind Were Enough

New America Media, Commentary, Annette Fuentes, Jan 08, 2009

On this the seventh birthday of the No Child Left Behind law, educators should take a close look at it and see why it hasn't worked the way it was intended, writes NAM education editor Annette Fuentes.

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