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Mississippi improves a poor report card

Ohanian Comment: Lesislators paying more attention to schools? Be careful what you wish for.

Is it unreasonable to expect a reporter to ask a question or two?

  • Why is Princeton Review described only as "New York-based Princeton Review"--as though it had legitimacy as a research institution?

  • Why is Education Commission of the States not given any descriptor at all, no clue as who they are, what they do?

  • Why, when mentioning that five of 11 states that have received the federal stamp of approval on their NCLB plans are Southern, does the reporter not ask if this says even more about NCLB than it does about Southern states?

  • And more. Lots more.

  • by Marjorie Coeyman

    . . .
    Today there are those who dare to hope that, as Mississippi schools improve, so will the racial balance.

    Since 2000, former Netscape president and native Mississippian Jim Barksdale has poured millions of dollars into a reading initiative to help students at 78 of the state's poorest schools. Many schools have since seen a bounce in reading scores. And of those 78 schools, 36 percent also saw an increase in white enrollment between the 2001 and 2002 school years.

    The question Mississippi voters have to ask themselves when they think about their state's schools, Musgrove says, is: "Will our children have to leave our state to find jobs?" Fixing local schools, he says, "is our chance to improve quality of life." . . . .

    NOTE: The Christian Science Monitor does not allow posting of complete articles. For the rest of this one, go to the hot link below.

    — Marjorie Coeyman
    Mississippi improves a poor report card
    Christian Science Monitor
    June 3, 2003


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