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9/12/2011

9/12/2011

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.

9/12/2011

The City School District could get an extra $56 million in federal funds to modernize its schools as part of the economic development plan presented by President Barack Obama on Thursday.

The plan, which needs to be approved by Congress, sets aside $25 billion in federal funding for school construction projects. About 40 percent of that money would go directly to the country's 100 largest high-poverty districts, which include Rochester. The rest would go to states to distribute as they deem necessary.

9/12/2011

President George W. Bush was at Emma E. Booker Elementary School when it happened.

The students, in crisp white and navy uniforms, gathered around him at the front of the classroom, showing off their newfound reading skills. "Cat." "Sat." "Mat."

Bush was smiling, thanking them for being such "good readers."

Moments later, an aide, stone-faced and rigid, whispered something in his ear. Something about the World Trade Center being attacked.

9/12/2011

Students in the Dallas School District have many changes to look forward to this year when they return to classrooms today, the most impressive being the brand new high school.

The Dallas Post contacted principals at the four Dallas schools to see what else is new in and around the district this year.

Dallas High School

The brand new, state-of-the-art high school will mark a new era in Dallas School District education, according to the district?s website.

9/9/2011

9/9/2011

School Improvement Network?s PD 360 is now the professional development tool of choice for the over 1000 teachers at Wilson County School System in Tennessee.

9/9/2011

The Institute for Responsible Online and Cell-Phone Communication (IROC2) and Awareity are excited to announce a strategic partnership to improve prevention and intervention efforts in schools.

9/9/2011

The non-profit education researcher MIND Research Institute announced that third-grade students and their teachers at Ivey Lane Elementary School (Fla.) using MIND?s ST Math? visual math software program achieved a dramatic 26-point gain in grade-level math achievement on the 2011 FCAT 2.0.

9/9/2011

Detroit? U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan said Thursday he thinks Detroit can be the fastest improving urban school district in the United States, thanks to new leadership and the broad education reform under way across the city and state.

"Two years later, I couldn't be more hopeful and optimistic about Detroit and where it's going to go," Duncan said, referring to his visit in 2009, when he declared the city ground zero for education reform. "Be very ambitious."

9/9/2011

SARASOTA, Fla. ? The 16 children who shared modern America's darkest moment with President George W. Bush are high school seniors now ? football players, ROTC members, track athletes, wrestlers and singers.

9/9/2011

Thirty different nonprofits have applied to run new charter schools in New Orleans. New Orleans College Prep, which runs a K-8 school in Central City, is applying to expand with a high school at the Walter L. Cohen building.

In all, the different groups turned in 38 separate applications, as New Orleans edges closer to establishing the country's first school system made up almost entirely of charters, schools that take public funding but operate autonomously.

9/9/2011

Connecticut officials say they are shaking off last year's rebuff of the state's application for federal "Race to the Top" education grants and pursuing up to $50 million for early childhood education from the grant program's next round.

U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan announced the program, the Early Learning Challenge, in May to help states coordinate and bolster their preschool programs, particularly for poor children who need the services the most and whose families can least afford them.

9/9/2011

The long lines in front of Garfield High School started Tuesday.

But it wasn't students eager to get into classes at the East Los Angeles school, which began on Wednesday along with most L.A. Unified campuses. Instead it was parents either handing in proof that their children had been vaccinated against whooping cough or trying to find out where to get the mandatory shot.

"They just want to comply with the rules; they want to make sure that their kids will get a good education," Principal Jose Huerta said.

9/9/2011

WASHINGTON -- Attempts to bridge the divide between self-styled education reform groups and teachers unions, backed by progressive organizations, hit another snag last week, raising doubts about whether the two sides will ever be able to find true synchronicity.

9/9/2011

PHILADELPHIA -- Philadelphia school officials say private donors reneged on nearly $405,000 in pledges toward a severance package for the superintendent, leaving the district on the hook for the entire $905,000 buyout.

The money was paid Wednesday, about two weeks after Arlene Ackerman's tenure ended. Her leadership saw increased test scores and graduation rates but also clashes with community members, the teachers' union and elected officials.

The district said in a statement that the private money was withdrawn because of public concern over the donors' anonymity.

9/9/2011

BROOKLINE, Mass. -- A group in one Massachusetts town wants to ban students from reciting the Pledge of Allegiance in the public schools, saying it has no educational value and is reminiscent of totalitarian regimes.

Brookline Political Action for Peace will ask town meeting voters in November to pass a nonbinding resolution on the idea. The pledge is already optional in the Boston suburb's schools.

Supporters say a pledge ban would prevent bullying by protecting students who do not wish to pledge.

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