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Over the past two decades, "college textbook prices have risen at double the rate of inflation" according to a recent report by the Government Accountability Office. At state universities, course supplies account for 26% of all student costs, including tuition. The G.A.O. report faults the development of "CD-ROMs and other instructional supplies." However, Yale Law School professor Ian Ayres cites the lack of price competition as the main culprit — noting that 80% of the textbook publishing market is controlled by the five largest publishers.

Retaining struggling kindergarten pupils does more harm than good, concludes a report published in the fall issue of Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis. The report was based on data from a national sampling of young children included in a federal database known as the Early Childhood Longitudinal Study.

An estimated 58,780 students are homeschooled in North Carolina and a record number of home schools were opened in the state this past year. The national estimates for home-schooled students range anywhere from 1.1 million to 2.1 million.

Maine's state officials plan to replace their state high school assessment with the SAT college entrance exam. Students will take the SAT in 11th grade. Passing the exam will not be a graduation requirement. The state would cover the $41 cost per student the first time the test is taken. Currently, all Maine 10th graders take the PSAT and about 75% of the state's high school students take the SAT. (Boston Globe, 8-31-05)

ACLU fights abstinence-only programs. On September 22, the ACLU began a campaign to urge officials in 18 states to reject abstinence-only sex education programs. The group claims these programs discriminate against homosexual youth, contain false or misleading information, and promote religion. The ACLU is targeting Alaska, Arkansas, California, Connecticut, Delaware, Georgia, Illinois, Kansas, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Tennessee and Wyoming.

November 2005 Education Reporter
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