FROM Emma Brown
Campus Cops: Keeping the Peace or Over-Policing? Spring Valley High School near Columbia, South Carolina was the scene of a classroom incident, captured on student videos this week and shown on countless news programs. The white officer who dragged a 16-year old black girl out of her chair and across the floor has been fired. The girl herself — and one of the kids who recorded the action — face charges. It's drawn attention to a fact of life at thousands of public schools: uniformed police officers, often with deadly weapons, provide security on campus. But, even elementary school kids have been arrested, interrogated, searched and taken to court on criminal charges. What's the impact on the rest of their lives — and on the educational environment for their classmates?
Are American Children Being Left Behind After All? The Bush Administration established No Child Left Behind — a federal law designed to raise student achievement in America's public schools. The Obama Administration followed up with the competitive program, Race to the Top . Have the resulting pressures on educators — and children — cost more than they're worth? In Atlanta, administrators and teachers have been sentenced to prison for falsifying the results of federal mandated standardized testing. In New York, thousands of public school parents are telling their kids to opt out of taking federally mandated tests. And, in Washington, there's a rare, bipartisan effort to re-write No Child Left Behind. We hear about a growing consensus that education reform needs reform.
Is Venezuela becoming a dictatorship? Venezuela may have the world's largest oil reserves, but it's a nation in trouble… economically and politically. Is a populist promise to rescue democracy turning out to be a prelude to dictatorship?