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LaPorte (Ind.) Schools: We Reported Sex Abuse Suspicions

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.

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Broward County (Fla.) Schools Narrow Chief Search

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 Bryan Bowles, superintendent of the Davis School District in Utah, has withdrawn his application.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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Hattiesburg (Miss.) Public Schools: Kids Can Carry Phones

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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McGraw-Hill to Split Into Two Listed Companies

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.

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Appeals Court: South Dakota Had Power to Close Deaf School

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.

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More Bullying Cases Have Parents Turning to Courts

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.

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Schools Can't Prove Taxpayer-Funded Tutoring Helps

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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Adapting to the iPad, Called Education's 'Equalizer'

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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25-Year-Old CEO Tutors Low-Income Students

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.

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Under the Watch of Principal Randall Delling, North Hollywood High (Calif.) Racks Up National Attention

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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