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As part of a job-training program, Maritza Rivera, 19, gets ready to receive and deliver supplies in the operating room at Novant Prince William Medical Center in Manassas, Va. The program, known as Project SEARCH, enables students with disabilities to spend their last year of high school interning at the hospital. Comment?
The 19-year-old undocumented immigrant from El Salvador faced yet another set of challenges when he arrived in the United States last year and enrolled in school. First came the laughs of classmates poking fun at his halting English. 4 comments
The rapidly changing job market and the new wave of career programs taking hold in schools are offering up a new challenge for educators: how to form deeper, longer-term relationships with employers in their communities. No longer called "voc ed" or considered an alternative pathway just for struggling students, today's career and technical education programs aim to prepare students of all academic levels for the option of entering the workforce or going to college. Comment?
Five years after California parents gained the power to initiate major changes at failing schools, advocates of the state's controversial parent-trigger law are expanding their strategies to broaden its influence. Former State Sen. Gloria Romero, the law's author, founded a nonprofit last year to educate parents about the California Parent Empowerment Act . Comment?
The group that invented the Carnegie unit-also known as the credit hour-more than a hundred years ago announced this week that it had re-examined the measurement's usefulness and found that, while imperfect, it still serves a vital administrative purpose and has not been a major obstacle to innovation in schools. The Carnegie unit was initially developed as a way to standardize the amount of instruction students received, in part to determine if high school students had been given enough preparation for college. Comment?
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