links 5-25-11

Chicago Public Schools Recess: District Offers Guidelines for Bringing It Back
Huff Post
But the city's schools are also skimping on the time for physical activity: a majority of grammar schools in the district don't offer recess.

Why Shop Class Is Still Relevent
Huff Post
Shop classes have all but disappeared from many American schools, and at first glance that might seem like a logical step. Why would today's wired kids need to know how to work with their hands?

Myopic school reform
The Times and Democrat
Subtle or overt racism is a factor in a student's decisions to leave school early. 7. Boring and less than challenging classes are steady fare in poor communities. Most instruction is taught at or below the mean level, resulting in school truancy...

American Democracy Beyond Casino Capitalism and the Torture State
(Gretchen Ertl/The New York Times) With all due respect to Charles Dickens, it appears to be the worst of times for public and higher education in America, if not democracy itself; public schools are increasingly viewed as a business and are prized

Are Parents to Blame for Their Kids' Academic Failures?Babble (blog)
In Alaska, parents are fined for a child's truancy. A misdemeanor charge can be brought against parents in California is their child's truancy is seen as flagrant. And California also requires parents of gang members to attend parenting classes. 

Judge Orders Kids To Jail In Truancy Crackdown
KPRC Houston
By Stephen Dean NEW CANEY, Texas -- Day after day of skipping school ended with more than a dozen students being hauled to jail in a Montgomery County truancy crackdown, Local 2 Investigates reported Thursday. "She's in contempt," pronounced Judge 

No-fail policy comes into force in state
Times of India
A circular to this effect was issued by the directorate of education to schools in the state on Friday afternoon. The circular has been issued based on provisions of the Central government's Right of Child to Free and Compulsory Education (RTE) Act, ...

Three Bad Bills Defeated
Home School Legal Defense Association
House Bill 215 was a driver's license bill that attempted to meddle with the education law of the state. It was nothing more than a back-door effort to increase the compulsory school attendance age. House Bill 247: This bill would have changed existing ...

Scaling back zero-tolerance rules could help students, Asheville educators sayAsheville Citizen-Times
The law also would allow suspensions for off-campus conduct only if it's expected to have a direct and immediate impact on school operation or safety. Suspensions for truancy and tardiness would be limited to no more than two days. ...

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