Want a quick way to get to your desktop? Press and hold the Windows key (to the left of your spacebar) and then press the letter D. Your open programs and documents are automatically minimized and your desktop magically appears. ("Solitaire? No, I wasn't playing solitaire. I was just sitting here looking at my pretty desktop.") To maximize all of those recently minimized programs and documents [after your principal/students/children/ spouse leaves the room], just press the Windows key, the shift key, and the letter M at the same time.
A little south of San Diego--just 10 miles from the U.S. border with Mexico--is National City. If the name sounds like one an unimaginative suburban developer might have come up with, that's understandable. But in this case, the name fits the long history and the character of the community.
Speaking up hasn't hurt educators lately. The Bush administration is easing restrictions on No Child Left Behind yet again, the fourth change in four months.
This time, the change reduces the number of students a school may test without shirking the law. The issue was atop a pile of complaints from educators, who say the required 95 percent participation rate on math and reading tests to determine adequate yearly progress every year was too strict.
If Houston's pre-teens weren't already thinking about college, they will be now. Beginning next school year, sixth graders in the district will be required to take pre-Advanced Placement English courses, announced Superintendent Kaye Stripling during a February State of the Schools address. In addition, all high school students with demonstrated ability will be required to enter AP courses.