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9/13/2011

9/13/2011

After years of offering private tutoring required by the federal No Child Left Behind law, school districts nationwide can?t prove that it has helped educational achievement.

While parents and tutors say individual students demonstrate big gains, only three of the 19 schools offering the program here met federal learning benchmarks last year.

California, Montana and Tennessee are asking the federal Department of Education to let them use the tutoring money for other measures to help students, such as longer school days and years.

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When Erik Kimel launched Peer2Peer Tutoring, at the age of 16, his idea was simple: students can help other students succeed academically.

"We have a huge achievement gap in this country," Kimel said. "If you're born into a certain zip code, no matter how bad you mess up, you can go to college, because you've got money."

Kimel runs what he calls a for-profit business with a social mission. Peer2Peer hires high school tutors from local communities to teach students within the same community. Often, the two students go to the same school.

9/13/2011

Jon Timothy and Tami Carmichael of Cleburne, Texas, are convinced their 13-year-old son Jon's suicide in March 2010 was the result of daily bullying by peers and the lack of action taken by school officials.

The Carmichaels' $20 million federal lawsuit against the Joshua Independent School District ? filed in Dallas on March 28, the one-year anniversary of Jon's death ? is one of a growing number of civil court actions being taken against schools for allegedly ignoring bullying.

9/13/2011

The breakup of the mini-conglomerate follows public demands starting in July from the Ontario Teacher's Pension Fund and hedge fund Jana Partners LLC for a broad reorganization. The activists suggested breaking up the company into more than two pieces to highlight the value of its individual equities, commodities and financial analytics units.

"It's a first step," said Pat English, chief executive of Fiduciary Management Inc, a large holder of McGraw-Hill shares, who argues for a more radical plan.

9/13/2011

State officials had legal authority to close the South Dakota School for the Deaf campus in Sioux Falls in favor of educating students with hearing impairments in local school districts, a federal appeals court has ruled.

The state closed the school last year after enrollment dropped from more than 130 in the 1970s to five in 2009 because technological advancements such as cochlear implants and hearing aids allow students to attend mainstream classes in school districts around the state.

9/13/2011

Anthony Leuck of Berkeley, N.J., is used to communicating in unconventional ways.

The 18-year-old is a quadriplegic with multiple disabilities that make speech and muscle control extremely difficult. He interacts through eye gaze or by tapping his head against a switch on a communication device to spell out words.

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JUNEAU -- A new partnership among Alaska schools could help improve "distance education" in the state, ultimately providing students in remote areas the classes they need to qualify for a new state scholarship program.

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President Obama's plan to create jobs includes up to $60 billion in new education funding to prevent teacher layoffs and to modernize and renovate more than 35,000 aging schools across the country.

The American Jobs Act, which Obama announced at a joint session of Congress last Thursday and will be introduced to both houses later this week, would stimulate the economy and save thousands of teaching jobs, according to the White House.

9/13/2011

Editor's Note: Craig R. Barrett is Former CEO and Chairman of Intel Corporation. This is part of CFR's Renewing America initiative, which examines how domestic policies will influence U.S. economic and military strength and its ability to act in the world.

9/13/2011

It's not enough for North Hollywood High School Principal Randall Delling. He is a man who wants more. He expects it of himself, his faculty and his staff -- and his students, who return to school on Wednesday.

North Hollywood High School recently landed in the national spotlight by earning a Washington Post ranking in the top 1 percent of schools in the nation to prepare its students for college.

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So many students were violating the Hattiesburg Public School District's policy against carrying cellphones during school hours that the district has decided it's OK to bring cellphones to school--just not to use them during class.

Superintendent James Bacchus said he proposed the policy, and the school board approved the change, The Hattiesburg American (http://bit.ly/opqS8L ) reported Sunday.

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The Broward County School Board meets today to choose their finalists for superintendent.

They?ll be looking at five candidates. Bryan Bowles, superintendent of the Davis School District in Utah, has withdrawn his application.

Starting at 9:30 a.m. Monday, the board will interview each of the remaining contenders and choose two or three to continue in the process.

9/12/2011

A northwestern Indiana school district is disputing a prosecutor's claim that it failed to report suspected sexual misconduct by a former assistant girls volleyball coach.

William Kaminski, an attorney for the La Porte Community Schools, said a school employee did report suspicions about former coach Robert Ashcraft.

9/12/2011

Middle-class public schools educate the majority of U.S. students but pay lower teacher salaries, have larger class sizes and spend less per pupil than low-income and wealthy schools, according to a report to be issued Monday.

The report, "Incomplete: How Middle-Class Schools Aren't Making the Grade," also found middle-class schools are underachieving. It pointed to their national and international test scores and noted that 28% of their graduates earn a college degree by age 26, compared to 17% for lower-income students and 47% for upper-income students.

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U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan said Friday that teachers have been ?beaten down for too long? and endorsed "doubling" their salaries.

?We need to elevate teachers,?? Duncan told a gathering of officials and educators in the fresco-ceiling library of Carl Schurz High School.

?I think we need to double salaries for teachers. We need to start them at a much higher level.?

Teachers ?shouldn?t have to take a vow of poverty,?? Duncan said. ?Great teachers should have the chance to make--pick a number--$130,000, $140,000, $150,000.??

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