Menifee (Calif.) Union S.D. Opts to Appoint Replacement Trustee

Superintendent Linda Callaway said a replacement for Scott Mann – who resigned earlier this month before he was sworn in as Menifee's first elected mayor – could be named as soon as Jan. 7, when the board will interview applicants. Trustees are paid $265 per month, with health benefits available.

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Fla. State Rep. Janet Adkins Appointed to Education Panel

Florida House Speaker Will Weatherford, R-Wesley Chapel, has appointed state Rep. Janet Adkins, R-Fernandina Beach, to the Education Commission of the States. The national group, which meets once annually, is geared to facilitate the “exchange of information, ideas and experiences among state policymakers and education leaders,” according to its website.

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Flap Increases Over California School Named for Bandit

Tiburcio Vasquez, a 19th century outlaw, is remembered in historical accounts as a notorious criminal who terrorized southern California. But one school district in California wants to remember him another way: as a hero to the Hispanic community who fought back against injustice.

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Gloucester, Mass. Charter School to Close Next Week

A charter school in Gloucester that had agreed to close at the end of the school year is instead shutting down at the end of next week. The 100 remaining students at the Gloucester Community Arts Charter School will be moved into regular public schools.

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Maryland Announces State's High School Tech Ed Teacher of the Year

Jim Deitrich, currently teaching at Liberty High and former teacher at Westminster High, has been named Maryland's High School Technology Education Teacher of the Year.

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Barre School Technology Plan Would be Expensive

The price of pursuing a five-year plan that would eventually put a personal computing device in the hands of every student at Barre City Elementary and Middle School accounts for nearly $300,000 of a budget increase that — at least for the moment — is still sitting at roughly $1.4 million.

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Folly Quarter Middle Named Maryland Blue Ribbon School

Folly Quarter Middle School in Ellicott City has been named a 2012 Maryland Blue Ribbon School. It is one of six Maryland schools, and the only school from Howard County, to receive the honor.

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Rockwood (Ore.) Schools, Portland Parks Partnering to Build Community Gardens

Two Centennial School District schools are partnering with Portland Parks and Recreation to bring community gardens to Rockwood, a high-poverty neighborhood whose residents have limited access to fresh food.

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Coalition Proposes Alternative Solutions for Philly Schools

The solution for avoiding school closings and continued, painful budget cuts in the Philadelphia School District?

Detroit Teachers Protest Right to Work, Education Makeover

While the controversial right-to-work legislation drew all the attention in the last week, teachers from Plymouth-Canton Community Schools in Plymouth, Mich. tried Tuesday to draw some attention to legislation coming down the road that could affect them as much, or more. While they're concerned about the new right-to-work laws, the legislation that concerns them the most is a revamping of the way public schools are funded and who can get public-school funding, and an extension of the Education Achievement Authority's reach.

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