Education

  • Reporter Louis Freeberg describes how the public debate on school reform has become a political batteground in the presidential election of 2000. Freedberg's investigation reveals that the call for more mandatory school testing - supported by candidates George Bush and Al Gore alike - is actually stifling innovative ideas for education reform.

  • Reporter Stephen Talbot investigates the voucher school system in Cleveland, Ohio, and the demographic shifts wrought by the system, which allows lower-income public school students to attend private and parochial schools with taxpayer money. The report also considers the consequences when non-religious students begin attending religious schools.

  • Reporter Eve Pell investigates David Brennan, a wealthy entrepeneur whose privately run charter schools rest at the center of the school-choice debate. Pell uses Brennan's story to investigate the consequences of private management of public schools, including the impact of Brennan's market-driven mindset and conservative values on the quality of the education provided by his schools.

  • Reporter Louis Freedberg compares public and private schools in the nation"s capital, centering on then-Presidential candidate Al Gore"s decision not to send his son to a local public school, despite the school"s strong academic programs.

  • Associate reporter Kristi Coale examines a $25 million deal between Swiss biotech giant Novartis and University of California at Berkeley’s Department of Plant and Microbial Biology, which frees faculty and students from the need to pursue individual funding.

  • Associate reporter Kristi Coale examines a $25 million deal between Swiss biotech giant Novartis and University of California at Berkeley’s Department of Plant and Microbial Biology, which frees faculty and students from the need to pursue individual funding.

  • Integration. It was called the greatest social experiment of our generation. But 40 years after Brown v. Board of Education, many schools are still sharply segregated along color lines. America's changing demographics have tested the limits of our racial and ethnic tolerance, leaving many of us to ask whether the nation's diversity will enrich us or tear us apart.

  • Spanking in schools is seen by some as a much-needed dose of good old-fashioned discipline. But many children and parents don't agree. Reporter Rob Waters explores the reemergence of corporal punishment in public schools. CIR assisted with research for this story.

  • Foreign exchange students visiting the United States are being scammed by unscrupulous operators of student exchange programs in the United States and abroad.

  • Each year, more than 750,000 American school children are paddled, caned or whipped with belts - all in the name of discipline. Although corporal punishment is banned in the public schools of most developed countries, it is still legal in 28 states of the US.

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