This Week in the News…

Posted: June 27, 2003 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

Following are highlights of national news coverage George Mason received during the past week:

Friday, June 20, Associated Press Newswires

White House May Be Relieved if No Justice Quits this Year

“Jimmy Carter was the last president to pass his first four-year term in the White House without the opportunity to choose a Supreme Court justice. President Bush could be the next. Although picking a justice is a plum assignment for a president, a retirement and confirmation battle so close to his re-election campaign is likely to provoke a political imbroglio that Bush might prefer to avoid. Nearly any nominee could alienate some important political constituency, said Toni-Michelle Travis, a political science professor at George Mason University.”

Friday, June 20, The Salt Lake Tribune

Reading Scores at Standstill

“NAEP considers scores in the proficient or advanced ranges as adequate, but many testing experts and independent studies have drawn other conclusions. ‘These levels are a disaster,’ researcher Gerald Bracey wrote in an essay critical of NAEP. ‘They were initially tinged with an ideological bent that sought to sustain the sense of crisis produced by A Nation at Risk, [a 1983 report]. They have never been accepted by testing professionals as valid or meaningful, but school critics often use them to bash public education.’ Bracey is an independent researcher and an associate professor at George Mason University’s Graduate School of Education.”

Saturday, June 21, The Washington Post

Economic Strengths Belie Area Weakness

“According to the George Mason University Center for Regional Analysis, federal spending in the region rose 10.4 percent last year, pumping an additional $8.4 billion into the local economy. Not surprisingly, spending on homeland security and wars in Afghanistan and Iraq is part of the reason for government-related businesses’ gains. Much of that came through procurement, including an extra $1.8 billion in technology and professional services.”

Sunday, June 22, The Washington Post Magazine

The Profit Motive

“Local university officials say they realize now that Phoenix poses less of a threat than they first believed. They say that their enrollments of adult students remain steady, or in some cases are growing. ‘We’re not tripping over each other,’ says Janet Niblock, executive director for continuing and professional education at George Mason University. ‘There is so much need for education and training in Northern Virginia alone that no one institution will ever be able to meet that need.’ (Only a third of the adult population of Maryland, Virginia, and the District has at least a bachelor’s degree.)”

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