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Opt-Out 2014: Protect Children video
Tuesday August 12 2014, 6:39 PM
Opt-Out 2014: Protect Children
Tuesday August 12 2014, 6:10 PM
Haimson Makes Case for District Opt Out of inBloom
Thursday February 27 2014, 4:49 PM
OPT-OUT NOW Press Release
Tuesday September 10 2013, 8:25 AM
PROTECT KIDS: OPT-OUT Press Release
Friday March 01 2013, 3:54 PM
OPT-OUT PROTECT KIDS bracelets
Tuesday January 01 2013, 12:23 PM
OPT-OUT PROTECT KIDS
Sunday December 30 2012, 3:21 PM
Model State Law: Student Privacy Protection Act
Tuesday December 25 2012, 8:36 AM
This Act shall be known and cited as the “Student Privacy Protection Act.” This Act shall be liberally and remedially construed to effectuate its purpose. The purpose of the Act is to protect the privacy of students by establishing standards for the disclosure of directory information about students by schools.
FTC to Study Data Broker Industry’s Collection and Use of Consumer Data
Tuesday December 18 2012, 1:44 PM
The nine data brokers receiving orders from the FTC are: 1) Acxiom, 2) Corelogic, 3) Datalogix, 4) eBureau, 5) ID Analytics, 6) Intelius, 7) Peekyou, 8) Rapleaf, and 9) Recorded Future. The FTC is seeking details about: the nature and sources of the consumer information the data brokers collect; how they use, maintain, and disseminate the information; and the extent to which the data brokers allow consumers to access and correct their information or to opt out of having their personal information sold.
It's 3PM: Who's Watching Your Children?
Wednesday December 12 2012, 5:48 PM
Parents concerned about their children's privacy should be aware of how easily personally identifiable information can be bought and sold by marketers as well as by identity thieves. FERPA was enacted in 1974 to protect the privacy of education records and directory information -- including name, address, phone number, date of birth, and e-mail address, among other personally identifiable information. Parents should be aware that under FERPA, directory information can be disclosed without parental consent. If you do not opt-out of directory information personal and identifiable information about your children may be public.
Success Academy FERPA Notification
Monday November 26 2012, 10:05 AM
DECEMBER 2011 – REVISED FERPA REGULATIONS: AN OVERVIEW FOR PARENTS AND STUDENTS
Monday November 12 2012, 11:00 AM
It is important for schools to have directory information policies, as schools may not do even mundane activities (such as publishing yearbooks or creating graduation programs) without having designated the items about the students contained in the publications as directory information. For example, without a directory information policy, FERPA would require schools to obtain consent for every student every time it wants to publish a yearbook. However, many schools have been forgoing designations of directory information, as they have concluded that such designations would put students at risk of becoming targets of marketing campaigns, the media, or even victims of criminal acts
2012 Opt-Out form
Friday November 09 2012, 7:02 AM
Example of bad FERPA notification
Genetic Testing and Screening in the Age of Genomic Medicine
Thursday October 18 2012, 8:38 AM
Most states, including New York, have added tests to their newborn screening panels without formal criteria or processes to guide them. Many commentators recommend that newborn screening programs form advisory committees composed of medical and laboratory professionals and community participants to establish criteria for screening tests and to review screening test panels and program outcomes.
Welcome to The Opt Out of Standardized Tests Site!
Saturday August 04 2012, 7:05 PM
This site was created to collect and share information on state by state rules and experiences related to opting out of standardized tests. This is an open community for any parent, student, or educator interested in finding or sharing opt out information, irrespective of personal decisions regarding political party, religion, or choice of public or non public education.
Parent Right to Opt Out Lawsuit Emerges
Saturday August 04 2012, 7:01 PM
ACLU is interested in supporting any parents whose children received a penalty/threats for opting out of testing. If you want to participate in the complaint please share the following: your story; permission to join in on the ACLU complaint; your return address; a signature on a hard copy.
Student Weight Status Category Report: 2008-2010 New York State (Exclusive of New York City)
Thursday January 26 2012, 9:31 AM
New York State Sample Parental Notice Language for 2011-2012 School Year
Tuesday January 24 2012, 1:44 PM
If you do not wish to have your child’s weight status group information included as part of the Health Department’s survey this year, please print and sign your name below and return this form:
FERPA: Guidance for Reasonable Methods & Agreements
Tuesday December 20 2011, 4:45 PM
NOTICE OF DIRECTORY INFORMATION OPT-OUT
Tuesday September 20 2011, 5:14 PM
This is a draft OPT-OUT form. Please comment by tweeting @EducationNY or Email to Sheila@EducationNewYork.com
National Opt-Out Campaign Informs Parents How to Protect the Privacy of their Children's School Records
Tuesday September 20 2011, 4:53 PM
Parents have rights under the Family Educational Rights Privacy Act (FERPA) to restrict access to their children's personal information.
FTC Alerta para Consumidores: Cómo proteger la información personal de su hijo en la escuela
Sunday September 11 2011, 7:37 PM
Pregunte en la escuela de su hijo cuál es la política aplicable al directorio de información de los estudiantes. En el directorio de información de los estudiantes se pueden listar el nombre, domicilio, fecha de nacimiento, número de teléfono, domicilio de email y foto de su hijo. La ley FERPA establece que las escuelas deben notificar a los padres y tutores sus respectivas políticas aplicables al directorio de información de los estudiantes, y darle el derecho de optar por que no se suministre esa información a terceros. Es mejor que presente su solicitud por escrito y que guarde una copia para sus archivos. Si usted no ejerce su derecho de optar por que no se comparta la información de su hijo, los datos listados en el directorio de la escuela pueden estar a disposición no sólo de los compañeros de clase y personal de la escuela de su hijo, sino también del público en general.
US Education Department Model Notice for Directory Information
Monday September 05 2011, 12:21 PM
The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), a Federal law, requires that [School District], with certain exceptions, obtain your written consent prior to the disclosure of personally identifiable information from your child's education records. However, [School District] may disclose appropriately designated "directory information" without written consent, unless you have advised the District to the contrary in accordance with District procedures. Directory information may include: Student's name; Address; Telephone listing; Electronic mail address; Photograph; Date and place of birth; Major field of study; Dates of attendance; Grade level; Participation in officially recognized activities and sports; Weight and height of members of athletic teams; Degrees, honors, and awards received; The most recent educational agency or institution attended; Student ID number, user ID, or other unique personal identifier used to communicate in electronic systems that cannot be used to access education records without a PIN, password, etc. (A student's SSN, in whole or in part, cannot be used for this purpose.)
Example of customized opt-out form
Sunday September 04 2011, 7:45 PM
COLLEGE OF CHARLESTON FERPA DIRECTORY INFORMATION OPT-OUT FORM - note parents or college students have choices as to which information they want to share.
FTC CONSUMER ALERT: Student Surveys: Ask Yourself Some Questions
Friday September 02 2011, 6:35 PM
[The Protection of Pupil Rights Amendment (PPRA) is a federal law that affords certain rights to parents of minor students with regard to surveys that ask questions of a personal nature, as well as to surveys designed to collect personal information from students for marketing purposes. Briefly, with regard to marketing surveys, PPRA generally requires schools to develop policies, notify parents about these surveys and permit them to opt their children out of participation in those surveys. Surveys that are exclusively used for certain educational purposes are excepted from these requirements.] [FTC recommends that you check to see if the survey form includes a privacy statement. If there is no privacy statement, you may want to think twice about distributing the survey. In any case, it is wise to know: • who is collecting the information; • how the information will be used; • with whom the information will be shared; and • whether students will have a choice about the use of their information.]
FTC CONSUMER ALERT: Protecting Your Child's Personal Information at School
Friday September 02 2011, 6:10 PM
[Ask your child's school about its directory information policy. Student directory information can include your child's name, address, date of birth, telephone number, email address, and photo. FERPA requires schools to notify parents and guardians about their school directory policy, and give you the right to opt-out of the release of directory information to third parties. It's best to put your request in writing and keep a copy for your files. If you don't opt-out, directory information may be available not only to the people in your child's class and school, but also to the general public.]
Rush Introduces Online Privacy Bill, H.R. 611, The BEST PRACTICES Act
Friday February 11 2011, 6:04 PM
Ensure that consumers have meaningful choices about the collection, use, and disclosure of their personal information. • Require companies that collect personal information to disclose their practices with respect to the collection, use, disclosure, merging, and retention of personal information, and explain consumers' options regarding those practices. • Require companies to provide disclosures of their practices in concise, meaningful, timely, and easy-to-understand notices, and direct the Federal Trade Commission to establish flexible and reasonable standards and requirements for such notices. • Require companies to obtain "opt-in" consent to disclose information to a third party. In the bill, the term, "third party" would be defined based on consumers' reasonable expectations rather than corporate structure. • Establish a "safe harbor" that would exempt companies from the "opt-in" consent requirement, provided those companies participate in a universal opt-out program operated by self-regulatory bodies and monitored by the FTC. • Require companies to have reasonable procedures to assure the accuracy of the personal information they collect. The bill would also require the companies to provide consumers with reasonable access to, and the ability to correct or amend, certain information. • Require companies to have reasonable procedures to secure information and to retain personal information only as long as it's necessary to fulfill a legitimate business or law enforcement need.
NCES 2011-602 Data Stewardship: Managing Personally Identifiable Information in Electronic Student Education Records
Tuesday January 04 2011, 9:55 PM
SLDS Technical Brief - Guidance for Statewide Longitudinal Data Systems (SLDS) [A privacy and data protection program for student education records must include an array of rules and procedures for protecting PII held in the record system. It also must include a full set of public disclosures of the existence and uses of the information included in the data system, a description of all parents’ or eligible students’ rights to review and appeal the contents of an individual education record and of their rights and the procedures to appeal a violation. ]*****[A school directory may include PII such as a student’s name, grade level, and contact information. Taken by itself, the release of this information is not harmful to a student. However, when combined with the student’s Social Security Number or another identifier and the student’s education record, this information has the potential for violating a student’s right to privacy. The release of this combined record could lead to harm or embarrassment. Thus, the privacy and data protection program should focus on PII that will be maintained in the electronic student record system with its likely wealth of student data.2}
Letter to: Chairman Boucher and Ranking Member Stearns
Monday June 07 2010, 6:26 PM
Mike Sachoff -- [In response to a discussion draft of a new privacy bill now under consideration by the House Subcommittee on Communications, Technology and the Internet, ten privacy and consumer groups today called for stronger measures to protect consumer privacy both online and off. The organizations including the Consumer Federation of America, Electronic Frontier Foundation, Consumer Watchdog, World Privacy Forum, Consumer Action, USPIRG, Privacy Rights Clearinghouse, Privacy Times, Privacy Lives, and the Center for Digital Democracy, raised their concerns in a letter to Subcommittee Chairman Rick Boucher and Ranking Member Cliff Stearns. The groups recommended the following: *The bill should incorporate the Fair Information Practice Principles that have long served as the bedrock of consumer privacy protection in the U.S., including the principle of not collecting more data than is necessary for the stated purposes, limits on how long data should be retained, and a right to access and correct one's data. *The bill's definitions of what constitutes "sensitive information" need to be expanded; for instance, to include health-related information beyond just "medical records." *The bill should require strict "opt-in" procedures for the collection and use of covered data and should prohibit the collection and use of any sensitive information except for the transactions for which consumers provided it.]
Instructions for using the Privacy Notice Online Form Builder:
Thursday April 15 2010, 4:28 PM
FEDERAL RESERVE: 1. Select your form, based on (1) whether you provide an opt out and (2) whether you include affiliate marketing: If you provide an opt out and you want to include affiliate marketing, use Form 1. If you provide an opt out and you do not want to include affiliate marketing, use Form 2. If you do not provide an opt out and you want to include affiliate marketing, use Form 3. If you do not provide an opt out and you do not want to include affiliate marketing, use Form 4. 2. The PDF forms have fillable areas, indicated by the shaded boxes outlined in red. Place your cursor in the box and fill in the appropriate text.]
Ad Industry Works on Ads About Ads
Tuesday November 24 2009, 3:07 PM
Wall Street Journal Emily Steel writes -- [At issue is the practice of tracking consumers’ Web activities — from the searches they make to the sites they visit and the products they buy — for the purpose of targeting ads. The efforts follow calls from the FTC earlier this year for Web advertisers and Internet companies to do a better job explaining how they track and use information about consumers’ Web activities and creating a simple way consumers can opt out of being tracked.]
An Icon That Says They’re Watching You
Thursday March 19 2009, 6:20 PM
NY Times Saul Hansell writes [Mr. Turow has developed a plan that is simpler and more comprehensive: Put an icon on each ad that signifies that the ad collects or uses information about users. If you click the icon, you will go to what he calls a “privacy dashboard” that will let you understand exactly what information was used to choose that ad for you. And you’ll have the opportunity to edit the information or opt out of having any targeting done at all. “I don’t think ‘Ads by Google’ is enough,’” he said. “The problem with the whole rhetoric Google is using is that it is designed to stop you from wanting to learn more and do something.” ]
A Call to Legislate Internet Privacy
Monday March 16 2009, 10:31 AM
NY Times Saul Hansell writes [“Internet users should be able to know what information is collected about them and have the opportunity to opt out,” he said. While he hasn’t written the bill yet, Mr. Boucher said that he, working with Representative Cliff Stearns, the Florida Republican who is the ranking minority member on the subcommittee, wants to require Web sites to disclose how they collect and use data, and give users the option to opt out of any data collection. That’s not a big change from what happens now, at least on most big sites. But in what could be a big change from current practice, Mr. Boucher wants sites to get explicit permission from users — an “opt in” — if they are going to share information with other companies.]
FTC Online Privacy Guidelines Faulted
Friday February 13 2009, 1:11 PM
Business Week -- Douglas MacMillan -- [On Feb. 12, the U.S. Federal Trade Commission issued guidelines designed to give consumers more information about how advertisers collect and use data about their Web surfing habits. Among the recommendations: Every site that follows Web-use patterns to tailor marketing messages, a practice known as behavioral targeting, should spell out how it is collecting data and give consumers the ability to opt out of targeting. The report also urges sites to keep collected data "as long as is necessary to fulfill a legitimate business or law enforcement need," inform users of any changes made to privacy policies, and only collect sensitive personal data—such as financial and health records—in cases where the user opts in.]
U.S. stimulus bill pushes e-health records for all
Thursday February 12 2009, 7:29 PM
Declan McCullagh - [The U.S. Senate on Tuesday approved an $838 billion "stimulus" bill by a 61-37 vote, capping more than a week of political sparring between critics of the measure and President Obama, who claimed during a press conference that an "economic emergency" made it necessary. What didn't come up during the president's first press conference was how one section of the convoluted legislation--it's approximately 800 pages total--is intended to radically reshape the nation's medical system by having the government establish computerized medical records that would follow each American from birth to death. Billions will be handed to companies creating these databases. Billions will be handed to universities to incorporate patient databases "into the initial and ongoing training of health professionals." There's a mention of future "smart card functionality." Yet nowhere in this 140-page portion of the legislation does the government anticipate that some Americans may not want their medical histories electronically stored, shared, and searchable. Although a single paragraph promises that data-sharing will "be voluntary," there's no obvious way to opt out. "Without those protections, Americans' electronic health records could be shared--without their consent--with over 600,000 covered entities through the forthcoming nationally linked electronic health records network," said Sue Blevins, president of the Institute for Health Freedom, a nonprofit group that advocates health care privacy.]
Response to the 2008 NAI Principles: The Network Advertising Initiative’s Self-Regulatory Code of Conduct for Online Behavioral Advertising
Thursday February 12 2009, 6:43 PM
[CDT believes the 2008 NAI Principles, while late in addressing new trends in the industry, demonstrate clear progress over the original code of conduct adopted in 2000. The transparency of the NAI’s revision and compliance process, the approach to sensitive information, and the coverage of advertising practices beyond behavioral advertising all represent important steps forward. While robust self-regulation in the behavioral advertising space does not obviate the need for a baseline federal privacy law covering data collection and usage of all kinds, the NAI has made advances in several areas, yielding what we hope will be better protections for consumer privacy. However, the 2008 NAI Principles still come up short in crucial respects including the opt-out choice requirement, the notice standard, the NAI member accountability model, the failure to address ISP behavioral advertising, the lack of a choice requirement for multi-site advertising, and the data retention principle. Some of these are outstanding issues that have existed within the NAI framework since its inception, while others are new concerns raised by the updates to the principles.]
Data Breaches: Ignorance Is Dangerous
Monday December 15 2008, 6:41 PM
Pam Greenberg State Legislatures writes [As states continue to work on improving data breach laws, Congress also has been considering legislation. Some bills have made it out of committee, but none have had a floor vote. Federal legislation is a mixed blessing," says Simitian. "If we end up with a weaker set of provisions that also preempts the more rigorous state laws, that's not going to benefit consumers." Cate thinks Congress will act, and he's surprised it hasn't already. "It's probably because they found it a lot more complicated than they thought." The way data are collected, used and transferred across states, it's likely many companies will opt to comply with the most stringent provisions in state laws, Cate says. "One way or another, we'll have national preemption -- either from the state that adopts the toughest law or from Congress. But it's a classic case of states leading the way." ]
Facebook and the Social Dynamics of Privacy (DRAFT)
Monday December 08 2008, 6:08 PM
James Grimmelmann. 2008. "Facebook and the Social Dynamics of Privacy" The Selected Works of James Grimmelmann -- [This Article provides the first comprehensive analysis of the law and policy of privacy on social network sites, using Facebook as its principal example. It explains how Facebook users socialize on the site, why they misunderstand the risks involved, and how their privacy suffers as a result. Facebook offers a socially compelling platform that also facilitates peer-to-peer privacy violations: users harming each others’ privacy interests. These two facts are inextricably linked; people use Facebook with the goal of sharing some information about themselves. Policymakers cannot make Facebook completely safe, but they can help people use it safely. The Article makes this case by presenting a rich, factually grounded description of the social dynamics of privacy on Facebook. It then uses that description to evaluate a dozen possible policy interventions. Unhelpful interventions—such as mandatory data portability and bans on underage use—fail because they also fail to engage with key aspects of how and why people use social network sites. The potentially helpful interventions, on the other hand—such as a strengthened public-disclosure tort and a right to opt out completely—succeed because they do engage with these social dynamics.]
Public Interest and Privacy Groups Call on Congress to Investigate the Use of New Technology that Discloses Private and Personal Internet Activity without Notice to Consumers
Friday June 06 2008, 2:11 PM
This privacy invasion is enabled by a technology called, “Deep Packet Inspection,” which allows an ISP to grab all the information coming out of a user’s computer before it hits the Internet. This private and personal information is then turned over to the ISP’s business partner, usually a third-party firm, which then logs the subscriber information, categorizes it, and delivers ads to the consumer based on a customized profile, gleaned from the information snared by the ISP. Technology that collects and uses this level of personal and private data without any opportunity for the consumer to opt out is unacceptable. Consumers must be made aware of the practice and allowed to choose for themselves whether releasing personal information is an acceptable trade-off for receiving targeted advertising.
Know your rights on recruiters
Friday August 24 2007, 8:00 AM
Allen Gilbert, Executive director of ACLU of Vermont writes, "So-called 'student directory information,' which includes things such as name, age and extracurricular activities, can be made publicly available under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) unless parents choose to 'opt out' and withhold the disclosure of their child's information."
Reforming No Child Left Behind by Allowing States to Opt Out: An A-PLUS for Federalism
Tuesday June 19 2007, 5:28 PM
Dan Lips, Education Analyst in the Domestic Policy Studies Department at The Heritage Foundation writes, "After more than four decades of unsuccessful federal intervention, it is time for Congress to consider a new approach. Returning greater authority to the states would empower parents, local school leaders, state policymakers, and governors to take responsibility for local schools and implement reforms to strengthen public education."
Most Rockland districts opt for universal pre-k next year
Monday June 18 2007, 9:14 AM
The Journal News reports, "Like Pataki, Gov. Eliot Spitzer has promised increased funds over the next four years until all of New York's 4-year-olds can be part of the program. There are some changes from the original version, however. For the first time, school districts can send a child to a program outside their district, giving parents and districts a wider range of options. Two other pre-kindergarten programs, including the decades-old Experimental (now Targeted) preschool program, have been rolled into Universal pre-K and will share in the same money pool. And instead of a set amount for each participating district, regardless of economic need or location, the state created a sliding scale. School districts can receive anywhere from $2,000 to $5,700 per child. So what's the downside that has some schools refusing the money? It doesn't begin to cover the real costs of child care, which Brown said ran to about $11,000 a year for an infant and $10,500 a year for a pre-schooler in Rockland."
School tax plan passes state Senate -- Bill offers elimination of burden on homeowners
Thursday June 14 2007, 8:43 AM
Binghamton Press & Sun-Bulletin reports, "The measure would allow school districts to call for a public vote on whether to opt into the program, which would phase out property taxes on primary residences over five years. Businesses and apartments would not get the break. If every district entered the program, the state would dole out $9.5 billion annually after five years to districts instead of placing the burden directly on homeowners."
Forum Guide to Protecting the Privacy of Student Information
Monday May 14 2007, 10:31 PM
See page 80 of document for opt form. See section II F for disclosure -- The Forum Guide to Protecting the Privacy of Student Information gives a general overview of privacy laws and professional practices that apply to the information collected for, and kept in, student records.
The Administrative Burden of No Child Left Behind
Sunday March 25 2007, 9:20 AM
Dan Lips, Education Analyst and Evan Feinberg, Research Assistant in Domestic Policy Studies at The Heritage Foundation write, "As Congress considers the reauthorization of No Child Left Behind, it should address the growing administrative burden that federal education policy imposes on state and local authorities. By allowing states to opt out of federal regulations and bureaucracy, A PLUS would return the authority to improve education to state and local officials. State and local communities would have the freedom to redirect resources currently expended on regulatory compliance toward promising reforms that boost academic achievement. Simplifying education policy in this way would bring about greater transparency in federal education spending and, ultimately, greater public accountability over taxpayer funding of education."
The Wide Spectrum Of Sex-Ed Courses
Sunday March 18 2007, 9:37 AM
Washington Post reports, "Disputes over sex-education seldom reach federal court, Staver said, because matters of curriculum are mostly left to local school boards. Many states, including Virginia and Maryland, explicitly permit parents to opt out if they don't like the lessons. Or, they can simply withdraw from the school."
Dozens in GOP Turn Against Bush's Prized 'No Child' Act
Thursday March 15 2007, 9:11 AM
Washington Post reports, "More than 50 GOP members of the House and Senate -- including the House's second-ranking Republican -- will introduce legislation today that could severely undercut President Bush's signature domestic achievement, the No Child Left Behind Act, by allowing states to opt out of its testing mandates."
Study: Westchester child-care not up to parents' needs
Tuesday March 06 2007, 7:43 AM
Journal News reports, "Parents told the consultants that the high cost of care, combined with a market that did not provide what they were seeking, caused them to opt out of regulated-care settings. Wealthy parents, on the whole, turn instead to nannies or other family members, while middle- and lower-income families rely primarily on family members, including grandparents, to fill the gap. Families earning up to 275 percent of the federal poverty level are eligible for the county-administered subsidies. But for lower-income families who might qualify for aid, the cost of required co-pays remains challenging if not prohibitive; those who earn just a little too much to qualify for assistance are pinched even worse."
A test for public schools: As Tech Valley High recruits students for the fall, some districts may opt not to participate
Sunday January 14 2007, 7:46 AM
Times Union opines, "As for district administrators and schools boards, they will have a harder time complaining about charter schools if they view Tech Valley High through a narrow dollars-and-cents lens. Public schools lose a student's per pupil state aid every time a student enrolls in a charter school, and there is no chance for reimbursement. By contrast, Tech Valley High represents a chance for public schools to prove they can be innovative and successful on their own. By any measure, that's an investment worth making."
Study prods U-E, M-E to opt against consolidation
Friday December 22 2006, 5:46 AM
Press & Sun-Bulletin reports, "The Maine-Endwell and Union-Endicott school districts have decided not to consolidate transportation facilities and bus maintenance services because the move would increase -- not decrease -- costs to taxpayers, according to a study."
Voters may opt to replace 616 school districts with 21
Tuesday October 24 2006, 8:59 AM
AP Tom Hester reports, "Plan would put question on November 2007 ballot asking voters in all 21 counties to create countywide districts to try to control property taxes. New Jersey now has 616 school districts. • If approved, new districts would begin operating July 1, 2009. • County school boards would be created. • The governor would appoint a chief school administrator to oversee each district. • The school chief would serve a term of three to five years. • Taxes still would be assessed and collected by municipalities. • No student would be required to change schools."
Test results similar among San Diego campuses
Thursday August 31 2006, 9:11 AM
UNION-TRIBUNE reports, "Where choice programs make the biggest difference is in diversifying school populations to include a mix of ethnicities, races and socioeconomic backgrounds, according to the study. Nonwhite students, especially black students, are generally more likely to participate in choice programs than whites. Usually, these students opt to go to schools that have more white students and are higher-achieving."
Education Matters: College to Opt for Girls-Only Education
Monday July 31 2006, 9:35 AM
RedOrbit reports, "The new centre is expected to appeal primarily to Asian women who want to broaden their educational horizons but feel uncomfortable learning alongside men."
New York State Assembly School Funding Bill Summary - A08590
Sunday July 30 2006, 10:27 AM
Establishes the school property tax elimination act; provides a method whereby school districts may opt into an alternative method of school financing as provided in the article whereby funds are raised through a school income tax in addition to a property tax on "non-primary residence" property.
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