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Getting a National Nod

Deborah Delisle, a former state superintendent from Ohio, has been nominated to serve as the U.S. Department of Education’s assistant secretary of education. Delisle left her position last year when Republican Gov. John Kasich was elected.


Tourette’s Investigation

Environmentalist Erin Brockovich and a team investigating soil samples were ordered off the grounds of LeRoy (N.Y.) Junior-Senior High School in January. Since last summer, 15 students at the school have presented Tourette’s symptoms.


Even Healthier Schools

In January, the U.S. Department of Agriculture secretary, Tom Vilsack, announced the first major revision of school meal standards in more than 15 years. The new standards call for low-fat milk only, as well as reductions in sodium, trans fats and saturated fats.


High-Stakes Cramming

When asked by the Texas Board of Education about whether high-stakes testing is reducing actual learning in the classroom, Robert Scott, head of the Texas Education Agency, said some tests are necessary so students don’t fall through the cracks.


Gay-Straight Alliance

During the first-ever National Gay-Straight Alliance Day on Jan. 26, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan taped a video to share with students and teachers to emphasize the Obama administration’s commitment to safe schools and antibullying measures.