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9/13/2011

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

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

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.

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.

9/13/2011

More than 35 percent of New Jersey's schools are now using Study Island, the web-based, high impact, low cost standards mastery solution from Archipelago Learning.

9/13/2011

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

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

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.

9/13/2011

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.

9/12/2011

9/12/2011

Florida, a pioneer in the field of virtual education, is extending its digital reach this year with a new law that will push even more students to log on to learn.

It is a move some educators call worrisome, fearful it really is an effort to cut costs, not boost education, and uncertain all online offerings are the right fit for so many youngsters.

But others say the Digital Learning Now law is precisely what Florida needs to prepare children for a technology-based future and to free them from the geographic constraints of the walled classroom.

9/12/2011

A former deputy superintendent for Atlanta Public Schools received $188,000 for the day of work she put in as head of a Texas school district before a test cheating scandal derailed her contract.

The DeSoto Independent School District board of trustees canceled Kathy Augustine?s contract as superintendent in July but never revealed how much the district paid to sever ties with the former Atlanta school official.

Augustine was only on the job one day before being placed on administrative leave as the test cheating scandal grew in Atlanta.

9/12/2011

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.??

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.

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

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.

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