A Florida appellate court has blocked review by a guardian of a test his child
reportedly failed. Steven Cooper asked to see the questions on the Florida
Comprehensive Achievement Test, and the trial court allowed limited access without
copying under Floridas Student Record Law. On appeal, the appellate court denied
access. It held that test scores are part of a students record, but the
underlying test questions are not and thus cannot be reviewed by parents.
Homeschooler pens novel that outpaces Harry Potter on recent U.S. bestseller list.
The fantasy, Eragon, appears influenced by J.R.R. Tolkien. The teenage author,
who never attended school and lives in rural Montana, was edited by his parents,
who run a tiny publishing company for educational literature. Alfred A. Knopf has
since made a $500,000 deal with Christopher Paolini for three books, film rights
have been sold for six figures, and a British publisher has snapped up the rights.
The youth believes his isolation fired his imagination. (timesofindia, 10-13-03)
92% of high schools and 71% of all schools had at least one violent incident in
the school year, according to a survey released in December by the U.S. Department
of Education on violence in the nations public schools. The survey covered 2,270
schools in 2000. The principals reported a total of 1,466,000 violent incidents.
Soft drinks should be eliminated from schools to help counter the nations obesity
epidemic, the American Academy of Pediatrics said in a policy statement issued in
the January issue of Pediatrics. Nearly 9 million U.S. youngsters aged 6 to 19
are seriously overweight, triple the number in 1980. (Associated Press, 1-5-04)
35% of college students in 2000 took at least one year of remedial coursework,
according to a report from the National Center for Educational Statistics. Five
years ago, only 28% spent that much time in remedial classes. (Education Week,
Four private university presidents received more than $800,000 last year,
according to a survey by the Chronicle of Higher Education. Twelve public
university presidents will earn more than $500,000 this year.
College Republicans have been banned from campus at the University of North
Carolina-Wilmington for refusing to adopt clauses in their bylaws demanded by the
university. The student group objected to the clauses because they could be read
to require opening up membership to non-Republicans. (townhall.com, 11-19-03)
Two Louisiana students were arrested January 12 and accused of planning to recreate
the Columbine high school massacre on its five-year anniversary in April.