Archive for February, 2009

School, and Family, Budgets Under Pressure

This is the VOA Special English Education Report. Fifty million public school children in America are starting a new school year. The number is a record high. Yet, at the same time, school systems in many areas are facing budget problems. Two bus drivers in South Carolina report for work. The state Education Department does [...]


Minding the Summer Learning Gap

This is the VOA Special English Education Report. Each new school year brings fresh reminders of what educators call the summer learning gap. Some call it the summer learning setback. Put simply, it means the longer kids are out of school, the more they forget. Some schools let students take summer classes online. Scott Landry, [...]


Foreign Student Series: An Introduction

This is the VOA Special English Education Report.         A listener in Poland recently sent us an e-mail. Slawek Loboda writes: “There are many American universities and colleges that provide long distance education to the world. The trouble is that each university says that it is the best. After an hour of [...]