Sunday, September 03, 2006

This Week's News: 03 September 2006


In Schools Across U.S., the Melting Pot Overflows
Sam Dillon, The New York Times - August 25, 2006
Some 55 million youngsters are enrolling for classes in the nation’s schools this fall, making this the largest group of students in America’s history and, in ethnic terms, the most dazzlingly diverse since waves of European immigrants washed through the public schools a century ago.

A bold plan to set black boys up for success
Kate Grossman, Chicago Suntimes - September 3, 2006
One hundred forty black high school boys, sharply dressed in polo shirts and khakis, stood silently in five long lines in an auditorium in West Englewood on a recent Tuesday.

Self-affirmation assignment boosts minority kids' grades
Carl T. Hall, Chronicle Science Writer - September 1, 2006
A simple 15-minute writing task at the start of the school year was enough to significantly improve the grades of African American students and close 40 percent of the "achievement gap" with white students in one suburban school, researchers said Thursday.

Additional News:

Secretary of education praises new GlenOak (Akron Beacon Journal)

Foster Care

Foster Daughter Fights for Herself: Where many such youths fail
Gosia Wozniacka, The (Portland) Oregonian - August 28, 2006
After spending half her life believing her mother’s promises that they would be a family again, a teenage girl faced aging out of foster care and life beyond. Her odds were grim: National statistics show most foster children fail to succeed. But Tabitha Jenner not only finished high school, she finished with a 4.0 grade-point average. She was named a Ford Family Foundation Scholar and was college-bound with 90 percent of her unmet college financial needs covered for four years. But her academic success was dampened by the void her mother left in Tabitha’s life.

Juvenile Justice

Camco man honored by Juvenile Justice Commission Cherry Hill Courier Post, NJ - Aug 24, 2006 A Clementon resident has been named a 2005 Corrections Officer of the Year by the state Juvenile Justice Commission.

Caddo must make its case for juvenile justice sales tax proposal Shreveport Times, LA - Aug 20, 2006 The Caddo Commission's decision to take another shot at a juvenile justice tax increase has a premature feel. Additional dollars ...


Authorities Hope Superintendent Can Turn Around Juvenile Center (WRTV Indianapolis)

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