The lead off article:
"A new six-year study by School of Education researchers shows that elementary students in Houston, Texas, consistently performed better when they were taught by certified teachers rather than by instructors lacking formal preparation...
The study concluded that TFA recruits do not educate students as well as teachers who have received rigorous methodological instruction and practice. Darling-Hammond has criticized programs such as TFA as "a band-aid on a bleeding sore," and argues that long-term, comprehensive solutions are needed to end educational inequity nationwide."
Is anyone surprised here?
No Child Left Behind Comes Up Short Again
Congress adopted a budget resolution last night that cuts funding for public education for the first time in a decade, choosing to ignore teachers, education support professionals, parents and other voters who say that investing in public schools must be a national priority. The resolution uses President Bush's education funding total, resulting in a net cut of $130 million.