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In No Grandchildren Left Behind: Educational Issues Faced by Grandparents, Dr. Josephine Norward and Dr. Carol Williams from the Department of Social Work at Kean University address important perspectives on a couple of fronts: no child left behind legislation and the increasing number of children who are raised by grandparents. This article makes that case that significant consideration of the issue must be made by legislators.
Dr. Amanda Coleman Mason from the Department of Human Services and Professional Leadership at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh and Dr. Paula Lampely, from United Migrant Opportunity Services (UMOS) in Milwaukee Wisconsin, also address legislative and educational issues in their article Building Self-Efficacy and Higher Education Programming For Welfare Leavers. This article reports on an innovative program, based on a solid theoretical and practical base, provides for onsite educational opportunities at UMOS, the state’s largest workforce development agency.
We are delighted to have a paper written by John Daniel Bakibinga Ibembe and delivered at the Seminar on Globalization: Africa’s Experience in Uganda. Dr. Ibembe is a Professor of Development Studies at Busoga University. His paper addresses one Millennium Development Goal – universal primary education – and explores the role of nongovernmental and governmental agencies toward meeting that goal.
In the Field usually focuses on a particular agency. In this issue, the focus has shifted a bit to a case study written by Dr. James Greenstone. His law enforcement case study about a hostage negotiation has applicability for negotiation in other areas of Human Services.
Web Resource Spotlight, researched and written by Dr. Susan Cramer reports on google docs. This is excellent, user-friendly resource for students and professionals who collaborate in the development of a document, spreadsheet, or presentation.
In the premier of Leadership Challenges, Dr. Janet Hagen reports on a phenomenon that drains energy and direction from an organization: Chasin’ Chickens.
No Grandchildren Left Behind: Educational Issues Faced By Grandparents
Josephine N. Norward Ph.D.
Carol J. Williams Ph.D.
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The purpose of the “No Child Left Behind” Act of 2001 is “to ensure that all children have a fair, equal, and significant opportunity to obtain a high-quality education and reach, at a minimum, proficiency on challenging State academic achievement standards and state academic assessments.” (PL 107-110, Section 1001) However, in all 9536 sections of this law, the words “grandparent” occurs only five times and the word “grandchild” occurs only once, in the context of Native American tribal issues. In the same law, the word “parent” occurs 651 times with no specific provisions to address the specific issues faced by grandparents raising grandchildren. State policies and local grassroots initiatives that address educational issues facing grandparents raising grandchildren are highlighted in this article.
Building Self-Efficacy and Higher Education Programming
for Welfare Leavers
Goals and Universal Primary Education
in Uganda: a Theoretical Exploration
In the Field
Web Resource Spotlight
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