Costly high-tech student data systems are being built state-by-state "to collect, categorize and crunch the endless gigabytes of attendance logs, test scores and other information collected in public schools." (New York Times, 5-15-2006)
Online college textbook bartering provides budget relief from escalating higher education costs. SwapSimple.com, a new internet business, gives students credits for textbooks, DVDs, and video games that can be exchanged for the same. (Chicago Tribune, 6-11-2006)
A college "basic skills" exam for all students is being considered by Florida State University as a part of graduation requirements. Testing could begin as early as Fall 2007. (MiamiHerald.com, 6-25-2006) The President's Commission on the Future of Higher Education due to release a report in August 2006 has been suggesting mandated testing for higher education. The idea of a national exit exam has been ill-received by many college educators.
The over-drugging of California's foster youth with psychotropic medications surfaced as a major theme at the state's Blue-Ribbon Commission on Foster Care. (SFGate.com, 6-11-2006)
Children's names and highly personal information cannot be removed from a Pentagon database used for military recruiting. According to the Vermont Guardian: "The Pentagon has spent more than $70.5 million on market research, national advertising, website development, and management of the Joint Advertising Market Research and Studies (JAMRS) database - a storehouse of questionable legality that includes the names and personal details of more than 30 million U.S. children and young people between the ages of 16 and 23." The Pentagon's database is suppose to be separate from student data gathered from schools where parents may ask a school not to release their child's information under NCLB provisions. (Vermont Guardian, 1-17-06)