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India says "no" to the $100 laptops in Nicholas Negroponte's "One Laptop Per Child" plan. India's Ministry of Education considers laptops as "pedagogically suspect." Sudeep Banerjee, India's Education Secretary said, "We need classrooms and teachers more urgently than fancy tools." (The Register, 7-26-2006)

The number of schools without recess is anywhere from 7% for first and second grades to 13% by sixth grade, according to government figures. (Associated Press, 5-16-2006)

California's 2005-2006 school enrollment declined for the first time in 24 years. The state's 6,313,103 enrollment dropped by roughly 10,000 from the previous year, according to California Dept. of Education records. The greatest losses "appear to be highest in high-cost coastal regions, especially around Los Angeles and the Bay Area. Housing prices in those regions are among the highest in the state, analysts note." (Los Angeles Times, 7-31-2006)

A Massachusetts bill for pre-K program development for all the state's 2- to 4-year-olds was vetoed on Aug. 4 by Gov. Mitt Romney who said the proposal was costly and unproven. (Associated Press, 8-26-2006)

Illinois is the first state to offer free preschool to any child regardless of income. Gov. Blagojevich signed his historic "Preschool for All" program into law on July 25. Already, federal and state dollars pay for preschool for 130,000 at-risk Illinois children. The governor's goal is to reach 190,000 3- and 4-year-olds by 2010. (Chicago Sun-Times, 7-26-06)

U.S. teacher salaries dropped .1% in the 2005-2006 school year. Average salaries are at $46,953. Principals' salaries declined .2% in elementary schools to .7% in middle schools. Superintendent pay increased 1.1% for an average of $116,244, as indicated by the survey results from the Educational Research Service. The U.S. has 6.8 million teachers earning an average of $46,800, the U.S. Census Bureau reported in June. (Bloomberg News, 7-26-2006)

September 2006 Education Reporter
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