Megan Twohey

More States Require High School Exit Exams

By: - August 14, 2002

Passing your classes doesnt guarantee you a high school diploma anymore. In an effort to combat grade inflation and boost the value of a high school diploma, a growing number of states now require students pass an exit exam in order to graduate. Eighteen states now require such tests and six more are going to […]

Failing Schools Forced to Offer School Choice

By: - August 6, 2002

For two years in a row, 8,652 public schools across the country have failed to meet state performance standards, according to the U.S. Education Department. Under orders from Washington DC, these schools must now offer their students the option and funding to switch to a better performing school within their district. And in proposed federal […]

Pledge of Allegiance Draws New Legislative Interest

By: - July 31, 2002

When a panel of the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled last month that the Pledge of Allegiance is unconstitutional because of the phrase “under God,” state legislatures across the country introduced a frenzy of resolutions condemning the decision. But it wasn’t the first time they addressed the pledge. Since last September 11, lawmakers […]

Governors Demand Special Ed Reform

By: - July 16, 2002

At their annual meeting in Boise, Idaho, the nation’s governors pressed Congress to increase federal funding for special education and cut existing red tape when it reauthorizes the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) this year. When it wrote the law in 1975, Congress promised that the federal government would give states “up to 40 […]