Sunday, May 21, 2006

This Week's News: 21 May, 2006

Foster Care

Foster Parents Move Toward Joining Union
The Seattle Times, WA – May 19, 2006
... One of the biggest complaints from foster parents is that no one listens to them ... said Bill Grimm, a senior attorney with the National Center for Youth Law. ...

Foster Youth Speak Out
Ascribe, CA - May 16, 2006
Young men and women who have first-hand experience of foster care are an under-utilized resource in our efforts to ...


Texas Looks to Help Katrina Students Achieve
NPR – May 15, 2006
Many Hurricane Katrina evacuees now attending school in Texas face repeating a grade if they don’t pass the Texas statewide achievement tests. But school officials in the state capital of Austin are taking steps to help Katrina students, including hiring counselors who work exclusively with these children.

Community Colleges Plan Cuts as Enrollment Declines
Seattle Post-Intelligencer, WA – May 16, 2006
Two Seattle Community College campuses have to cut back next academic year, in part because good news has been bad for them. A stronger economy has reduced enrollments as fewer people need retraining after losing a job. Fewer students mean less tuition and less money from the state.

For Graduates, Student Loans Turn into an Albatross
The Christian Science Monitor – May 17, 2006
Student-loan debt encumbers almost two-thirds of the Class of 2006, according to federal statistics. With tuition costs rising far faster than inflation and interest rates on federal student loans on the increase, the debt load for future graduates is set to become so heavy that it’s likely to shape students’ plans for the future.

Stories Differ, Goals the Same
The Washington Post, DC – May 17, 2006
The University of Maryland has built an unusual link to a cluster of five Prince George’s County schools that serve high-minority, moderate-income communities. The university’s goal is to find five students to receive full scholarships for kids who live nearby but may be distanced from the campus by perceptions of a financial or academic divide. Many are the first in their families to attend a four-year college.

Ed Plan Lets High Schoolers Pick Career Classes
The Clarion-Ledger, MS - May 17, 2006
Mississippi high school students could start preparing for a career before they leave school under a plan to be unveiled Thursday.

Off to a Running Start Toward College
The Washington Post, DC – May 17, 2006
Flonora is among 69 students at Friendship Public Charter School's Collegiate Academy in Northeast Washington who are enrolled in the school's early college program. It allows them to take courses without charge at the University of the District of Columbia.

Capital: College Grad Wages Are Sluggish, Too
The Wall Street Journal, NY – May 18, 2006
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Paying for Persistence
MDRC - May 16, 2006
Funded by state welfare dollars, two community colleges in the New Orleans area offered performance-based scholarships and enhanced counseling to low-income parents, as part of MDRC’s Opening Doors demonstration. These early findings show the program had significant positive effects on academic achievement and rates of retention.

AdvancePath Opens at GHS
Gilroy Dispatch, CA – May 19, 2006
... it didn't take long for her to realize, without a high school degree, there's ... The San Francisco-based business, which helps drop-outs or students at-risk of ...

Juvenile Justice

Troubled Teens Get Off the Street and Into the Workplace
Chicago Defender, IL – May 19, 2006
... delinquent behavior in juveniles. Juvenile justice experts said this might not be a coincidence. "Undoubtedly there is a correlation ...

Juvenile Justice Trips Costly for Alabama
The Decatur Daily, AL - May 16, 2006
Trips to juvenile detention facilities are driving up the cost of juvenile justice, and Alabama taxpayers are footing the bill. ...

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