The looming battle over the reauthorization of the No Child Left Behind Act is just one of the education issues discussed by candidates in the last few months in their race for the White House. Katherine Riese analyzes the campaign rhetoric in her broadcast report, and Emily Pauker tracks the presidential candidates' stands on issues ranging from access to early education to paying for higher education.
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U.S. schools are struggling to serve the growing numbers of homeless children and youth, and lack of money is only one of the reasons. In the last of his two-part series, Matthew Mundy reports that chronic undercounting of the homeless and indifference by legislators undermine what one analyst calls an invisible population.
READ: Part one of the series. Matthew Mundy reports the challenges faced by homeless children at Ninth Street Elementary School in South Los Angeles, and the hope of their teachers. "I can't give up on the children," says Principal Pamela Hughes.
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The California High School Exit Exam is the best gauge to measure student achievement, exam supporters tell Brandon Bridges. But Bridges also hears from exam critics; they say the test undermines students with special needs and limited English abilities. The California controversy is the latest skirmish in a wider national debate over the role of testing in schools.
BEYOND THE CLASSROOM: Inspired teaching isn't always conducted in school. That's the lesson offered by Sara Garcia, a South Los Angeles high school teacher who takes extraordinary measures to help three special needs students pass the California High School Exit Exam.
READ: More about the California high school exit exam in a Q & A in English or Spanish from EdSource, a Mountain View, California-based nonprofit, nonpartisan research firm. [Free registration required.]
Upward Bound has survived and resisted numerous fads in education, Carla Guerrero reports. For students enrolled in the Great Society program, the iconic academic boot camp still offers a mix of tough love and hope.
MULTIMEDIA: Read or hear President Johnson's Great Society speech in 1964 at the University of Michigan during which he identified education as a critical key in eliminating poverty and improving the lives of Americans. (Transcript and recording courtesy of the Miller Center of Public Affairs, University of Virginia.)
Schools have struggled with educating immigrant children ever since the U.S. Supreme Court ruled 26 years ago that schools must educate the children of newcomers, regardless of their immigration status. Gloria Angelina Castillo takes us to Charles White Elementary School, where a majority of the students are newcomers. She finds that despite an accomplished teaching staff, the school is failing to educate immigrant children in a variety of ways and for a number of reasons -- and that, says a USC public policy professor, has longterm consequences for the U.S.
VIDEO: Gloria Angelina Castillo interviews Dowell Myers, a professor at USC's School of Policy, Planning and Development and the author of Boomers and Immigrants: Forging a New Social Contract for the Future of America. Myers offers his assessment of immigrants and their impact on U.S. life.
MULTIMEDIA: Read the 1982 U.S. Supreme Court decision, or listen to the oral arguments, in Plyler v. Doe. In a 5-4 ruling in the Texas case, the court opened the school doors to all newcomers, regardless of their immigration status. (Brief and oral arguments courtesy of the Oyez Project.)
OTHER VOICES: Hate crime against immigrants and native-born Latinos is increasing across the U.S., reports the Southern Poverty Law Center. Media coverage is also flawed, with journalists using inaccurate statistics in poorly-framed stories about newcomers. See a compilation of SPLC's reports.
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