ERIC Number: ED484394
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Feb-15
The Achiever. Volume 4, Number 3
Ashby, Nicole, Ed.
US Department of Education
This issue includes the following Articles: (1) "Spellings Says Nation's Academic Progress Due to "New Equation." On Jan. 31, 2005, Margaret Spellings was sworn in as the eighth secretary of education. Across the nation, test scores in Reading and Math are rising, with disadvantaged and minority students leading the way. After long decades, the pernicious 'achievement gap' is beginning to close; (2) "French, Spanish, and... Computers." discusses how foreign language and technology broaden horizons for a Philadelphia Urban School. At the Laboratory Charter School of Communication and Languages, there's no telling what language will be heard in the classroom. Because students at this 2004 No Child Left Behind Blue Ribbon School in Philadelphia study both French and Spanish from kindergarten through eighth grade; (3) "No Child Left behind: High School Initiatives." Summarizes President George W. Bush's education plan for reforming America's high schools, pledging $1.5 billion in funding for a new High School Initiative that would help states better assess and address students' skills; (4) "Help for Teachers." Describes how Math, Science, and Special education teachers who have taught in Title I (economically disadvantaged) schools for up to five years may be eligible for higher loan forgiveness amounts under a new law. The Taxpayer-Teacher Protection Act (P.L. 108-409), signed by President Bush in October 2004, authorizes up to $17,500 in loan forgiveness to individuals who have been employed full time for 5 consecutive years as highly qualified Math, Science, and Special Education teachers; and (5) "Education Department Web Site Helps Combat Problem of Diploma Mills." Announces that the U.S. Department of Education recently unveiled a new Web site where students and employers may access a master list of accredited colleges, universities, and career and trade schools.
Descriptors: Federal Legislation, Academic Achievement, Educational Improvement, Disadvantaged Youth, Urban Schools, Educational Technology, Second Language Instruction, Secondary Education, Postsecondary Education, Accreditation (Institutions)
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Early Childhood Education; Elementary Education; High Schools
Authoring Institution: Department of Education, Washington, DC. Office of Intergovernmental and Interagency Affairs.