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Disenchantment with DARE grows. Chattanooga, TN in July became the latest large community to halt the DARE anti-drug program in schools. Police pointed to data showing the program was not effective. Schools in Cincinnati and Seattle began dropping the Drug Abuse Resistance Education program in 2001. A 1999 study at the University of Kentucky disclosed that students who took the course in 5th grade did not differ in their attitude toward drugs about 10 years later. About 80% of the nation's school districts still teach the course, which receives some federal funding. (The Tennessean, 7-28-05)

19% of the U.S. school population did not speak English at home in 2001 — as compared with 9% in 1979, according to the National Center for Education Statistics. In Western states the figure is 31%. Rising immigration and the "baby boom echo" have boosted U.S. school enrollment to 49 million.

Parents of pupil who choked to death in classroom game settle for $2 million. An Illinois school district agreed in June to settle a wrongful-death lawsuit filed by the parents of a 6th-grader who choked on four marshmallows in a Glenview, IL elementary school in 1999. The student-initiated game involved stuffing marshmallows into the mouth one at a time until the participants were unable to say "chubby bunny" aloud. (Education Week, 6-15-05)

Alternate teacher certification picks up steam. Nearly a third of newly certified teachers who taught for the first time this year did not graduate from education colleges, according to a report issued by the National Center for Education Information in June. Alternate preparation and licensing of teachers has been implemented by 47 states and the District of Columbia. About 35,000 new teachers this year are former professionals or military personnel, mostly older than 30, who made a career change.

September 2005 Education Reporter
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