Magazine article Techniques

State Update

Magazine article Techniques

State Update

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State Update features education news at the state and local levels. Readers are encouraged to send submissions to: Techniques, 1410 King St., Alexandria, VA 22314, fax 703-683-7424 or e-mail

CALIFORNIA--Four Inglewood High School students are suing their school district for not offering enough advanced placement courses.

The lawsuit, filed last summer by the American Civil Liberties Union's Southern California chapter, contends that the Inglewood Unified School District, the state of California, the state board of education and the superintendent of public instruction are not giving students the opportunity to take rigorous coursework and earn college credit. Affluent Beverly Hills High School, just 10 miles away, has myriad AP courses, while this workingclass, mostly Latino and African American school has three: English, government and U.S. history.

"California is flunking out when it comes to educating these students, denying them intellectually challenging courses designed to prepare them for college and holding them back by squelching their competitive chances of acceptance at colleges and universities," said Mark Rosenbaum, legal director of the ACLU's Southern California office, at a press conference last year.

A key point in the lawsuit is that both the University of California and California State University systems weigh AP courses one point higher than regular classes when it comes to admission. For example, a traditional "A" in a course would equal 4.0, but an "A" in an AP course is weighted as 5.0.

FLORIDA--A state court struck down Republican Gov. Jeb Bush's school voucher program in March. The program, ruled Circuit Judge L. Ralph Smith, Jr., is unconstitutional.

According to the state's constitution, Florida guarantees its students a "high quality system of free public schools," said Smith. …

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