Russlynn Ali, assistant secretary for the Office of Civil Rights in the Department of Education, said the department received 800 harassment complaints in the last year. The DOE warned schools in a letter Oct. 27 not to tolerate bullying.
Broad Prize Winner
The 2010 Broad Prize was awarded to Gwinnett County (Ga.) Public Schools. Superintendent J. Alvin Wilbanks—a charter school opponent—recently lost a case challenging the constitutionality of the Georgia Charter Schools Commission.
First Lady Michelle Obama presented the National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Awards at the White House on Oct. 20 to 15 winning programs nationwide for after-school arts programs. Each winner received $10,000 to support their program.
NYC's New Chancellor
Magazine executive Cathleen P. Black, chairwoman of Hearst Magazines, will replace Joel I. Klein as the Chancellor of New York City Public Schools. Black will be the first woman to head the nation's largest public school system.
Actor & Activist
Actor Robert Redford hosted a summit with his foundation, the Redford Center, and the U.S. Green Building Council Nov. 7-9 with mayors and superintendents nationwide to discuss the future of green schools building and viable designs.