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Tuesday, May 31, 2005 | Board of Education meeting

Seeking applications for grant money

Charter schools perform well, says EdSource report

“Overall, charter schools are working successfully throughout California,” said Brian Edwards, senior policy analyst at EdSource and co-author of the report. “A charter school can represent an excellent option for many California students, but parents must do their homework before enrolling their children.”

The full text of the report is available online at www.edsource.org. EdSource is an independent, nonprofit, education research organization.

GreatSchools expands

Children’s book reviews online

“There are more good children’s books available than at any time I can remember,” said Alida Allison, SDSU English and comparative literature professor and Parents’ Choice reviewer.

Thousands of new kids’ books are now introduced each year, thanks to the popularity of the Harry Potter and Lemony Snicket series. The reviews are posted at www.parents-choice.org.

More healthy kids

Stories of hope and perseverance

The competition asks students to write about their personal immigration stories. “Asking students to explore the challenges, opportunities and meaning of being a new American gives them a great insight into who they are,” said Deborah Szekely, founder of the New Americans Immigration Museum and Learning Center. “It also gives us great insight into who we are. These stories, and the new Americans that they give shape to, will help us to redefine ourselves, our city and our nation.”

Forty-two different countries are included in the stories, and the authors ranged in age from 12 to 64. Prizes and scholarships, from $200 to $2,000, will be awarded to the finalists who will be honored at a ceremony on Thursday at the San Diego Natural History Museum in Balboa Park.

Fallen soldiers honored

Event organizers say that enlistments in the all-volunteer military are at an all-time low, and many predict 10 years of war in the Middle East. “Many experts see this situation as a strong indicator that a draft is on the horizon.”

Historically, the draft provided a few loopholes that the NCCPJ says have now disappeared. They claim the only legal way to avoid a possible draft is through Conscientious Objector status. See the group’s Web site for more information.

Workshop on autism

New Chargers fitness center

Proposition MM committee to meet

– MARSHA SUTTON, Voice Education Writer

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