- The Washington Times - Tuesday, September 12, 2000

Books

• "Definitive Studies of Magnet Schools: Voices of Public School Choice," Magnet Schools of America, 2000. Edited by Robert G. Brooks, Judith S. Stein, Donald R. Waldrip and Phale D. Hale Jr. This book describes an evaluation model developed by Prince George's County Public Schools specifically for exemplary magnet schools.

• "School Choice in Urban America: Magnet Schools and the Pursuit of Equity," by Claire Smrekar and Ellen Goldring, Teachers College Press, 1999. In a rigorous three-year study of magnet and non-magnet schools in Cincinnati and St. Louis, the authors examined the promises and realities of school choice.

Associations

• Magnet Schools of America, PO Box 600490, North Miami Beach, Fla. 33160. Phone: 954/262-5084. This group publishes research, holds conferences and has liaisons with other groups. Web site: www.magnet.edu.

• National Association for the Education of Young Children, 1509 16th St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20036. Phone: 202/232-8777. Web site: www.naeyc.org.

On line

• The Web site of the Educational Resources Information Center (ERIC) (www.accesseric.org) is a resource tool of the National Library of Education. It is full of valuable information, including brochures for parents and links to other educational sites.

• Th e site of the ERIC Clearinghouse on Elementary and Early Childhood Education (www.ericeece.org) is a resource with links to other sites.

• The National Child Care Information Center's site (www.nccic.org) is part of the ERIC Clearinghouse on Child Care. It provides issues of the Child Care Bulletin.

• The National Parent Information Network's site (www.npin.org) is a service for parents. It provides a monthly newsletter and a question-answering service. It also has links to other parent-related resources.

• Early Childhood Research and Practice's Web site (www.ecrp.uiuc.edu) is a peer-reviewed electronic journal with topics related to children from birth to age 8.

• Reading Pathfinder's site (www.readingpath.org) is a searchable database of on-line resources on helping children learn to read.

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