July 31, 2006 – This years Kansas State School Board elections are being more closely watched than ever. Usually overlooked during the last days of summer, primary elections - particularly for the school board - don't draw much attention. But that was before evolution and intelligent design, or sex education, or the controversial new commissioner of education put a spotlight on Kansas schools. Now, the conservative majority that some say has made Kansas a punchline for night-time talk shows could be voted out of power.
A growing network of Catholic schools across the country has developed a new model for educating low-income Latino students, or, for that matter, low-income kids from any background. At the 11 Cristo Rey schools around the country, students attend classes four days a week. One day a week, they work entry-level positions at local businesses and corporations. The money they earn goes towards their tuition.