A Knight Foundation survey of 15,000 U.S. high-school students and 800 of their teachers made public Oct. 17, 2006, recorded increased teaching of First Amendment issues over two years. The high-school students know more about the free speech/free press issues than reported in an initial, larger, $1-million, 2004 study entitled: "The Future of the First Amendment." But the Knight Foundation said the latest results also show students increasingly polarized about how they feel on First Amendment issues. There's a website with details of the findings by University of Connecticut researchers Dr.
The Pioneer Institute, a Boston-based conservative "think tank" which focuses on education and economic-competitiveness, has issued a 56-paper summarizing the plight of Massachusetts cities other than Boston. The paper is is packed with statistics and concludes with some general suggestions about better-coordination of state policies. MediaNews Group Boston reporter Hillary Chabot's story was headlined in The Berkshire Eagle: "Middle cities are struggling." (PERMANT LINK) / (DOWNLOAD REPORT PDF)
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