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A Florida appellate court has blocked review by a guardian of a test his child reportedly failed.  Steven Cooper asked to see the questions on the Florida Comprehensive Achievement Test, and the trial court allowed limited access without copying under Floridas Student Record Law.  On appeal, the appellate court denied access.  It held that test scores are part of a students record, but the underlying test questions are not and thus cannot be reviewed by parents.

Homeschooler pens novel that outpaces Harry Potter on recent U.S. bestseller list. The fantasy, Eragon, appears influenced by J.R.R. Tolkien. The teenage author, who never attended school and lives in rural Montana, was edited by his parents, who run a tiny publishing company for educational literature. Alfred A. Knopf has since made a $500,000 deal with Christopher Paolini for three books, film rights have been sold for six figures, and a British publisher has snapped up the rights. The youth believes his isolation fired his imagination. (timesofindia, 10-13-03)

92% of high schools and 71% of all schools had at least one violent incident in the school year, according to a survey released in December by the U.S. Department of Education on violence in the nations public schools. The survey covered 2,270 schools in 2000. The principals reported a total of 1,466,000 violent incidents.

Soft drinks should be eliminated from schools to help counter the nations obesity epidemic, the American Academy of Pediatrics said in a policy statement issued in the January issue of Pediatrics. Nearly 9 million U.S. youngsters aged 6 to 19 are seriously overweight, triple the number in 1980. (Associated Press, 1-5-04)

35% of college students in 2000 took at least one year of remedial coursework, according to a report from the National Center for Educational Statistics. Five years ago, only 28% spent that much time in remedial classes. (Education Week, 12-10-03)

Four private university presidents received more than $800,000 last year, according to a survey by the Chronicle of Higher Education. Twelve public university presidents will earn more than $500,000 this year.

College Republicans have been banned from campus at the University of North Carolina-Wilmington for refusing to adopt clauses in their bylaws demanded by the university. The student group objected to the clauses because they could be read to require opening up membership to non-Republicans. (townhall.com, 11-19-03)

Two Louisiana students were arrested January 12 and accused of planning to recreate the Columbine high school massacre on its five-year anniversary in April.

February 2004 Education Reporter
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