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Britain's May tackles education, appeals to Brexit voters
LONDON (Reuters) - Setting her sights on making Britain "the world's great meritocracy", Prime Minister Theresa May unveiled reforms to widen opportunity in schools on Friday in an appeal to "frustrated" Britons who voted to leave the EU.
18 points by Reuters | School United Kingdom Conservatism Thomson Reuters Reuters High school Grammar school Education
Student dressed as Hitler wins prize in front of Jewish students
It was an idea that should have immediately been dubbed an “ultimate fancy dress fail” before it was brought to fruition. Instead, a student dressed as Adolf Hitler for Book Week has been awarded a best dressed prize at a special assembly — in front of Jewish exchange students from Melbourne who were visiting the...
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View photos submitted for Best High School Marching Band contest; send yours from tonight's game
Check out some of the photos that have been submitted by readers as part of a nomination for cleveland.com's Best High School Marching Band contest. CLEVELAND, Ohio - As nominations for cleveland.com's Best High School Marching Band contest continue to come in, so do the photos and videos. More than 100 parents, students, faculty, alumni and community members have shared a glimpse of their favorite marching band in Greater Cleveland. Dozens of area schools have been nominated for inclusion in the contest. Click through the gallery above to see some of the many photos we've received as part of nominations. And while you're out at a football game this week or next week, send your nomination along with a picture and/or video to [email protected] or use the comments section below. Nominations are being accepted until Monday, Sept. 19 at 5 p.m. Be sure to include a short description on what makes the band so great, memorable moments and why it should be chosen to be included in the contest. We welcome pictures and/or videos of the band in action to help us decide if the band should advance to the first round of online voting. Or send a link to the band's Twitter page or links to Tweets or other social media posts we should check out. The only limitation is the high school must be located within our seven-county coverage area, which consists of Cuyahoga, Summit, Medina, Lorain, Lake, Geauga and Portage counties. Best Band contest dates: Here is a rundown on how the Best High School Marching Band contest will work. Now-Sept. 19: Nominations accepted from schools, bands, students, parents, fans -- you name it. Sept. 22-28: The bands that have been selected for the first round of the contest will be announced and the opening round of online voting will be held to determine the eight finalists. Voting totals in this round will also determine the eight seeds for the remainder of the contest. Sept. 29-Oct. 5: Voting in the quarterfinals round. Oct. 6-12: Voting in the semifinals round. Oct. 13-20: Voting in the final round to determine the winner of Greater Cleveland's Best High School Marching Band contest.
20 points by The Plain Dealer | High school Cuyahoga County Ohio The Band Remainder Candidate Greater Cleveland Nomination Education
Trial set for substitute teacher charged in student sex case
CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) - A November trial has been scheduled for a substitute teacher accused of having sexual contact with a Cedar Rapids student. Court records say Mary Haglin pleaded not guilty on Wednesday. She's charged with sexual exploitation by a school employee. Authorities say she had a sexual ...
-1 points by The Washington Times | Teacher High school Education English-language films School Human sexual behavior Sexual intercourse Court
Ex-Michigan Tech student accused of threat sues school
HOUGHTON, Mich. (AP) - A former Michigan Technological University student who was accused last year of threatening on social media to shoot black students is suing the school. MLive.com and the Detroit Free Press report Matthew Schultz was a junior at the Upper Peninsula school when he posted using the ...
-1 points by The Washington Times | Michigan Michigan Technological University Upper Peninsula of Michigan University Student Detroit Free Press Education Detroit
ITT Tech announces full closure after US sanctions
For-profit higher education company ITT Technical Institutes is ceasing operations in response to a series of prohibitions applied by the US Department of Education that included a ban on accepting new students who rely on federal aid. Read Full Article at RT.com
1088 points by Russia Today | For-profit universities and colleges ITT Technical Institute Vocational education For-profit school Education ITT Corporation United States Department of Education University
Councilor blasts BPS sneaks
Suburban families are illicitly sneaking their kids into Boston’s elite public exam schools and its free, nationally recognized pre-K program, a city councilor charged yesterday, vowing a crackdown.
195 points by Boston Herald | High school United States City council Kindergarten Resident Councillor City Education
New school year brings familiar challenges
Mayor Martin J. Walsh and Superintendent Tommy Chang welcomed nearly 57,000 Boston Public Schools students back to school for the start of a new year that will likely test leaders’ commitment to addressing racial disparities, see proposals for potential building closures and include negotiations for a new teacher union’s contract.“We are addressing some of the challenges we had last year and we really want to stay on top of those,” said Walsh, who spent yesterday visiting schools.
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Aussie kid awarded for Hitler costume in front of Jewish students
A private school in Australia apologized for an incident in which a kid was allowed to dress as Nazi leader Adolf Hitler for book week, and was even awarded a prize for the costume in front of some Jewish exchange students. Read Full Article at RT.com
1119 points by Russia Today | English-language films Teacher Education School Philip the Apostle American films Hierapolis
School Board votes to support state mandate for parental opt-in for sex ed classes
The Clark County School Board late Thursday voted to support the Nevada Legislature’s mandate that parents grant permission before their children participate in sex education courses.
273 points by Las Vegas Review-Journal | Teenage pregnancy High school Sex education Education Birth control Condom Marriage Human sexual behavior
More districts experimenting with four-day school week
JASPER, Mo. (AP) - Faced with a tight budget, the Jasper School District made cuts. Summer school and pre-kindergarten programs were discontinued. When a Spanish teacher left the district, her class was replaced with online coursework. Now Jasper is trying another experiment to save money: No school on Mondays. Starting ...
20 points by The Washington Times | High school School Education Teacher School district Superintendent
Program offers those with disabilities an education through college
For Mary Jane Conroy and Maria Rajakovich, being included has meant everything. 
1610 points by Pittsburgh Post-Gazette | Allegheny County Pennsylvania Education Pittsburgh Special education High school College Higher education Resource room
Let doctoral candidates teach science to kids: Column
Mediocre U.S. test scores would rise if we deployed hard-science grad students to elementary schools.         
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Illinois State, Illinois Wesleyan offer Peace Corps Prep
NORMAL, Ill. (AP) - Illinois State and Illinois Wesleyan universities are teaming up to prepare students for work in the Peace Corps. A news release from the two universities in Bloomington-Normal says the Peace Corps Prep certificate program will prepare students for development work internationally or within the U.S. The ...
1 points by The Washington Times | Illinois Normal Illinois University Illinois State University College Student Education Abraham Lincoln
News Analysis: Crux of Connecticut Judge’s Grim Ruling: Schools Are Broken
A decision that threw out the state’s education financing system as unconstitutional spoke to a larger nationwide truth.
2061 points by The New York Times | High school School Education College Teacher United States Connecticut U.S. state
Donald Trump Releases Education Proposal, Promoting School Choice
Mr. Trump on Thursday promised to direct $20 billion in federal grants for poor children to attend a school of their family’s choice.
3013 points by The New York Times | Charter school Iraq War Teacher Donald Trump Education School types Magnet school Education in the United States
California's schools won't be judged only by their test scores, school board votes
California is officially done with telling parents that schools are only as good as their test scores. The state Board of Education voted unanimously Thursday to rate schools using an evaluation that includes many more factors — among them academics, graduation rates, college preparedness and the...
303 points by Los Angeles Times | High school College School Education Grammar school Board of directors Evaluation Vocational school
ACLU sues Kansas City school district after young child handcuffed, reports say
The 7-year-old boy was taken to the principal's office in handcuffs, the lawsuit says. KANSAS CITY, Missouri -- The city's school district is being sued for a 2014 incident in which a 7-year-old student was handcuffed by a resource officer after crying and disrupting a teacher's class, reports say. The American Civil Liberties Union filed the lawsuit in federal court in Kansas City on behalf of the student, the Kansas City Star reports. The incident reportedly occurred in April 2014 at George Melcher Elementary School. The Associated Press reports the boy was told to change seats but refused because it would place him near a student who had bullied him in the past. The boy, who reportedly has a hearing impediment, began "crying and hollering," attracting the attention of school resource officer Brandon Craddock. The Star reports the lawsuit says the boy began to quiet down when Craddock entered the room. Craddock twice asked the boy to step outside into the hallway. The lawsuit states the boy became "frightened" when he went into the hallway and again began crying while trying to walk away from Craddock. According to the lawsuit, "Instead of stopping or employing any de-escalation techniques, Defendant Craddock twisted (the boy's) arms and handcuffed ... his arms behind his back, and then led him to the front office in handcuffs."  The boy was less than 4 feet tall and weighed less than 50 pounds at the time of the incident, the lawsuit says. He reportedly sat in the office handcuffed for as long as 15 minutes. The school district, Craddock and Principal Anne Wallace have been named as defendants in the lawsuit. It seeks an unspecified amount for damages and lawyers' fees. The boy's mother removed him from the school and home-schooled him for two years, reports say. The boy, now 9, returned to public schools this year.
30 points by The Plain Dealer | Civil liberties Plaintiff Kansas Kansas City Missouri High school Education
Threat of strike looms over start of Chicago school year
CHICAGO (AP) — Teachers in the nation's third-largest school district will vote this month on whether they want to strike as contract talks with Chicago Public Schools ramp up again.
-1 points by Arizona Daily Star | High school Credit rating Credit rating agency School Teacher Chicago Education
Teachers approve union at King of Prussia cyber school
Teachers at the Pennsylvania Virtual Charter School in King of Prussia have unionized. After a long wait that included a controversial decision by the full National Labor Relations Board, ballots counted on Wednesday showed that teachers at the school had voted 57 to 15 in favor of being represented by the PA Virtual Education Association, an affiliate of the Pennsylvania State Education Association.
-1 points by The Philadelphia Inquirer | Charter school Public school Collective bargaining School Education Trade union National Labor Relations Act Charter schools
State school board to vote on Fayette County consolidation
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - The West Virginia Board of Education is set to vote this week on a consolidation plan for Fayette County's public school system and a policy waiver that would again stop the requirement that teachers be evaluated based on their students' standardized test scores. The Charleston Gazette-Mail ...
-1 points by The Washington Times | High school Standardized test Charleston West Virginia West Virginia Public school Test State school Education
Donald Trump proposes expanded 'school choice' during visit to Cleveland charter school
Donald Trump looked back to the Baby Boomer generation and earlier during a Thursday afternoon speech at a Cleveland charter school, where he argued for an expansion of "school choice." CLEVELAND, Ohio -- Donald Trump looked back to the Baby Boomer generation and earlier during a Thursday afternoon speech at a Cleveland charter school, where he argued for an expansion of "school choice." "If we can put a man on the moon, dig out the Panama Canal and win two World Wars, I have no doubt that we can provide school choice to every disadvantaged child in the country," Trump said during his 40-minute speech, which focused on education issues. Trump spoke to a small, invitation-only crowd in the cafeteria of the Cleveland Arts and Social Sciences Academy, run by Accel Schools, an Arizona-based, for-profit operator of charter schools. He unveiled an education plan that included expanding merit pay, and creating a program to award $20 billion in grants for impoverished children to pursue "school choice" -- a catch-all phrase that refers to anything but traditional, government-run schools. The appearance at the school, in the heavily African-American Woodland Hills neighborhood, was part of Trump's ongoing effort to smooth over his "politically incorrect" political persona that many black voters and others have perceived as racist. Trump, speaking quietly and reading from a teleprompter, spoke of his intention to expand opportunities for inner-city residents and others. "My job will be to ensure that any American, African-American, Hispanic, anyone, will be placed on the ladder to success," Trump said. "I define that as a great education and a great job." He added: "You cannot have prosperity without safety. This is the new civil rights agenda of our time." http://www.cleveland.com/politics/index.ssf/2016/09/scenes_from_a_donald_trump_eve.html Charter debate ongoing Trump's speech touched a nerve of the charter-school debate -- opponents argue that diverting public money toward charter schools does so at the expense of traditional ones, which are more accountable. Last year, lawmakers passed a series of reforms meant to improve oversight of charter schools, some of which have been particularly troubled in Ohio. And, a state government effort is ongoing to audit the $108 million in state funding sent to ECOT, the largest online school in the state, to see whether the school inflated the hours students actually spent taking online courses. "In Ohio, we've seen more than enough of the 'solutions' Donald Trump is selling, but we're not buying," Melissa Cropper, president of the Ohio Teachers Federation, said in a statement. "Unregulated, unaccountable for-profit charter schools--like the one Trump is visiting today--have destabilized our public districts, defrauded taxpayers, and left our kids and educators worse off, not better." Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton's published education plan includes increasing federal funding to modernize school buildings, improving teacher training and pay and working to end the "school to prison pipeline" by reforming laws and disciplinary policies and putting money toward behavioral interventions. Clinton has made supportive statements about charter schools in general, although she has criticized those operated by for-profit companies like the one that owns the Cleveland Arts and Social Sciences Academy. Trump insists he opposed Iraq war from the start Trump dedicated much of the beginning of his speech to doubling down on his frequent claim, which independent fact-checkers have found to be false, that he opposed the 2003 war in Iraq from the very beginning. He acknowledged telling Howard Stern in September 2002, the month before Congress voted to authorize the invasion, that he "guessed" he was in favor of invading Iraq. But he also cited instances in 2004 where he was quoted opposing the war, claiming that his subsequent statements "superseded" his earlier ones. Trump summed up his claims about the Iraq War: "Had I been in Congress at the time, I would have cast a vote in opposition." Trump also declared that had he would have been "tougher on terrorism." "Osama bin Laden would have been "caught a long time ago before he was ultimately caught... prior to the demolition of the World Trade Center," Trump said. Trump meets with students, school officials Before Trump's speech, he met for 20 minutes for a "roundtable" discussion in one of the school's classrooms with a group of students, charter-school officials and others. Seated to Trump's right was Debroah Mays, the head of the school. To his left was Ron Packard, the CEO of ACCEL schools. Packard, a prominent figure in the charter-schools market, in 2015 bought the Cleveland Arts and Social Sciences Academy and other schools as part of an expansion into the Ohio education marketplace, The Plain Dealer has reported. http://www.cleveland.com/metro/index.ssf/2016/09/owner_of_charter_school_hosting_donald_trump_today_is_a_national_charter_figure_with_a_growing_ohio_presence.html Trump asked the students what they thought of how the school compared to a traditional public school. He also asked school officials and State Rep. Andrew Brenner, the Republican chair of the Ohio house's education committee, about charter-school funding in Ohio. Among the school officials who participated was Chris Delk, a school board member who is a Cleveland police detective. Delk said he is passionate about the charter-school movement because it provides an opportunity for him to show children that "not all police are bad." Trump responded by praising Cleveland police for their performance during the Republican National Convention. "Say hello to your commissioner... your chief. They were absolutely fantastic. You know, for weeks they were ohh, there's going to be riots," said Trump, who himself in March predicted "riots" if he were to have been blocked from receiving the nomination. "But they kept it down. It was so an incredible job. Really professional. So thank you." http://www.cleveland.com/rnc-2016/index.ssf/2016/03/donald_trump_i_think_youd_have_riots.html In an interview, Mays said she didn't want to speculate why her school was chosen. But she said while Trump's visit complicated the school day, it provided the school an opportunity to talk to him about charter-school funding issues. "For the children who were exposed to [the visit], I definitely think it was a wonderful educational experience. You turn on the news, and you see politics every day. But for our [students] who were exposed to it, this was a chance to see it up close and personal," she said. Later Thursday, Trump headed to a pair of private fundraisers -- one at the TownHall restaurant in the Ohio City neighborhood organized by Cuyahoga County Republican Party Chairman Rob Frost and Tony George, a politically active local businessman, and another at the home of Ed Crawford, an industrialist who is the state finance chair for Trump's presidential campaign. Trump was last in Cleveland on Monday, when he participated in a "roundtable discussion" with a few organized-labor figures before dropping by the Canfield Fair in Mahoning County.
2194 points by The Plain Dealer | Iraq War 2003 invasion of Iraq George W. Bush Iraq Charter school Education School President of the United States
Eastland Mall Target evacuated for bomb threat
Target at Eastland Center in Harper Woods was evacuated this afternoon because of a bomb threat, officials said.        
10 points by Detroit Free Press | High school Security Nicollet Mall Target Corporation Police American football Education College
Trump vows to push for school choice nationwide
Donald Trump rolled out a detailed education policy in a speech Thursday in Cleveland — coming out strongly in favor of school choice and pledging to campaign for it in all 50 states if he becomes president. The mogul proposed spending $20 billion on school choice — and ensuring kids who need that option the...
146 points by New York Post | Hillary Rodham Clinton United States Education Donald Trump Islam President of the United States Islamic terrorism Barack Obama
Group gets $150,000 contribution under new school choice law
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - A South Dakota organization helping students attend private schools under a state-backed scholarship program has received a $150,000 donation. Des Moines, Iowa-based insurance holding company Sammons Financial Group Inc. has provided the first donation under South Dakota's new school choice law, which was approved this ...
1 points by The Washington Times | South Dakota Nebraska U.S. state Iowa Native Americans in the United States North Dakota Great Plains Education
Trump pitches $20 billion education plan at Ohio charter school that received poor marks from state
The Republican nominee faced questions about his visit before he even arrived.
1649 points by The Washington Post | Charter school Education Teacher United States Department of Education Alternative education School choice Charter Public school
Hogan fundraising pitch tied to post-Labor Day start date
Republican Gov. Larry Hogan's latest fundraising pitch relies on the premise that Democrats will fight his executive order mandating Maryland public schools start after Labor Day and end by June 15. In a fundraising email to supporters Thursday, Hogan cast the disagreement as his attempt to institute...
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Eastland Center Target evacuated for bomb threat
Target staff reported the "non-specific" threat to police at 2:45 p.m. and decided to close the store       
-1 points by The Detroit News | High school Target Corporation Nicollet Mall Animorphs American films Aximili-Esgarrouth-Isthill Education Southdale Center
Teaching 9/11: It's history, just like Pearl Harbor
From mock drills to airplane seating for students who weren't born on Sept. 11         
2086 points by Arizona Republic | High school September 11 attacks Federal Bureau of Investigation Education Teacher September 11 School Special agent
Eastland Mall Target evacuated due to bomb threat
Target at Eastland Center in Harper Woods was evacuated this afternoon because of a bomb threat, officials said.        
10 points by Detroit Free Press | High school Security Nicollet Mall Target Corporation Police American football Education College
Teen shot outside high school, student arrested for 'hit list'
The unidentified teenage boy who was shot made his way into the school to be treated by nurses.
104 points by Daily News | High school Education Pittsburgh NBC Police Crime Monongahela River Lance Henriksen
Donald Trump proposes $20 billion school voucher education plan
Eric DuVallWASHINGTON, Sept. 8 (UPI) -- Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump unveiled a $20 billion initiative to enable children from poor families to choose which school they will attend.
666 points by UPI | School voucher Private school Education Teacher United States Charter school Management School
All in one speech: Donald Trump complains about the media, repeats false Iraq claim, unveils education policy
Campaign 2016 updates: Gary Johnson wonders what Aleppo is Sept. 8, 2016, 12:49 p.m. Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton campaign in swing states after their town hall on military issues. Libertarian nominee Gary Johnson is widely mocked after asking, "What is Aleppo?"Voters are finding it harder...
9 points by Los Angeles Times | School voucher Private school Donald Trump Education Teacher Barack Obama Education in the United States School
Teaching 9/11: 'To them, it’s history, just like Pearl Harbor'
From mock drills to airplane seating for students who weren't born on Sept. 11       
2086 points by USA Today | High school September 11 attacks Federal Bureau of Investigation Education Teacher September 11 School Special agent
Donald Trump expected to give education policy address (live coverage)
Trump has a publicly announced appearance scheduled at the Cleveland Arts and Social Sciences Academy at 2 p.m., according to his campaign website. CLEVELAND, Ohio -- Donald Trump is appearing at a Cleveland charter school this afternoon as part of his second appearance in Cleveland of the week. Trump is scheduled to speak at 2 p.m. at the Cleveland Arts and Social Sciences Academy, according to his campaign website. Trump is expected to give a policy address focusing on education issues at that time, although the event is running behind schedule. Trump was expected to also take part in a roundtable discussion prior to his speech. Trump is scheduled to travel to a pair of private local fundraisers later in the day. Cleveland.com's Andrew J. Tobias and Henry J. Gomez are at the school to view the speech. You can follow their live coverage via Twitter here: A Twitter List by _marykilpatrick  
22 points by The Plain Dealer | Donald Trump Education Ivana Trump Fred Trump
School using Breathalyzer-type test at events in alcohol fight
Valparaiso High School is using a grown-up device to make sure its students aren't engaging in grown-up activities. Starting with the Aug. 26 varsity home football game against Gary West Side, VHS students began undergoing Breathalyzer-type tests to make sure they hadn't been drinking. The device...
-1 points by Chicago Tribune | High school Education
Democrats say Republicans have let down rural schools
MADISON, Wis. (AP) - Assembly Democrats say Republicans haven't done enough to address funding cuts and teacher shortages in Wisconsin's rural schools. Democratic Assembly members said at a news conference Thursday that Republicans have no idea how to address the problem. The Democratic news conference came the day after Republicans ...
-1 points by The Washington Times | Wisconsin United States Education School Barbara Boxer United States House of Representatives Washington D.C. New Deal
School exit exams urged in Connecticut, despite US trend
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - In ordering Connecticut to overhaul its education system, a state judge suggests making exit exams a requirement for students to graduate from high school. It's a strategy some states first implemented in the 1970s, as a way to set a standard for measuring student performance. But ...
-1 points by The Washington Times | Education School Judge Connecticut High school U.S. state Student Hartford Connecticut
New Ohio schools Superintendent Paolo DeMaria must advocate for children: editorial
Ohio's new schools Superintendent Paolo DeMaria has a chance to show that he can stand up to political pressure, unlike some of the state's recent superintendents, and that he will be a committed advocate for our children, writes the editorial board. Ohio's new schools superintendent, Paolo DeMaria, might have a hard time filling the shoes of some of his predecessors -- not because they were so big, but because they were so small.  More on Ohio's new school chief This gives DeMaria an opportunity to show that his key concern is ensuring that Ohio's children get a top-notch education and that their parents and the public have a permanent seat at the table for any decisions. In particular, DeMaria needs to work hard to keep the Ohio Department of Education (ODE) insulated from political pressure. His predecessors did not achieve those goals. Richard Ross, who retired last year, was sandbagged by former school choice director David Hansen's deliberate omission of the failing grades of online charter schools. Hansen resigned from ODE soon after. He is the husband of Beth Hansen, Kasich's chief of staff and former presidential campaign manager.   Before that, schools Superintendent Stan Heffner handed in his retirement papers in 2012 after Ohio Inspector General Randall Meyer said he lobbied the state on behalf of an education company he had agreed to work for -- which shows he had little consideration for the needs of Ohio's children or its taxpayers.  DeMaria ought to set the bar higher for the Ohio superintendency than it has been for some time.  There are clear signs that DeMaria is willing to do the job -- especially given his crackdown on inadequate reporting by publicly funded charter schools in Ohio -- but to ensure that DeMaria has a clear field for reform, there needs to be a change in the governor's office as well. About our editorials Editorials express the view of the editorial board of cleveland.com and The Plain Dealer -- the senior leadership and editorial-writing staff. As is traditional, editorials are unsigned and intended to be seen as the voice of the news organization. * Talk about the topic of this editorial in the comments below. * Send a letter to the editor, which will be considered for print publication. * Email general questions or comments about the editorial board to Elizabeth Sullivan, opinion director for cleveland.com. // $('.floatingSeries').css({'font-family':'arial,helvetica,sans-serif','font-size':'14px','line-height':'20px','color':'#333333','width':'255px','margin':'10px','margin-right':'0px','float':'right','border-bottom-color':'#dadada','border-bottom-style':'solid','border-bottom-width':'1px','padding-bottom':'2px'});$('.floatingSeries h3').css({'text-transform':'uppercase','color':'#363636','font-size':'30px','line-height':'28px','padding-bottom':'7px','border-bottom-color':'#363636','border-bottom-style':'solid','border-bottom-width':'4px'}); $('.floatingSeries ul').css({'list-style-type':'none','list-style-position':'outside','list-style-image':'none','margin':'0px','padding':'0px'});$('.floatingSeries li').css({'font-family':'arial,helvetica,sans-serif','font-size':'14px','font-weight':'normal','color':'#333333','font-weight':'bold','line-height':'20px','border-top-width':'1px','border-top-style':'solid','border-top-color':'#cccccc','margin':'0px','margin-top':'6px','margin-bottom':'6px','padding':'0px','padding-top':'6px','padding-bottom':'4px','color':'#333333','text-decoration':'none'});$('.floatingSeries a:link').css('color','#333333');$('.floatingSeries h3').css('margin-bottom','2px'); // ]]> Gov. John Kasich must be more outspoken and explicit in showing his support for DeMaria in his fight with politically connected charter school interests. Admirably, DeMaria has resisted legislative efforts to defang House Bill 2, Ohio's tough new charter school reform law that requires improved ODE evaluations and oversight. That's critical, since some Republicans in the Ohio General Assembly already have blocked a new rule prompted by HB 2 that required charter school sponsors to prove to the state that they are complying with all of its rules - about 300 in all. Instead, lawmakers sent the rule to a rule-making committee to evaluate, a delaying tactic that could take months. The evaluations are supposed to be done by Oct. 15. DeMaria, in response, decided to take a random sample of 10 percent of each of the sponsors' schools to meet the requirement and complete the evaluations by the deadline. That was smart. But Kasich should have spoken up and told meddlesome legislators to follow the law. Speak up for charter school reform, Gov. Kasich ODE under DeMaria has also been fighting a legal battle to get student attendance records from ECOT, the Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow, an online school that has been criticized by the state for failing to show that its students have the required 920 hours of active learning in an academic year. DeMaria also has to make sure that the 19-member elected state board of education -- his immediate bosses -- and the public are in the loop.  That didn't happen under Ross, who engaged, with the help of some Mahoning County officials and others, in a top-secret state takeover of the underperforming Youngstown schools without the knowledge of either state school board members or the city. Ross' lack of full transparency poisoned politics on the board and tainted his reputation. DeMaria needs to learn from his predecessors' mistakes and make sure he is an honest advocate who sees his job as working on behalf of Ohio's children and being open and honest with the public. If he can achieve those goals, he could be one of the best superintendents that Ohio has had in some time. Have something to say about this topic? Use the comments to share your thoughts, and stay informed when readers reply to your comments by using the Notification Settings just below.
44 points by The Plain Dealer | Charter school Charter State Public school School Alternative education Ohio Education
Fatal shooting reported at West Texas high school
A manhunt was underway and schools were locked down in Alpine, Texas, amid reports of a fatal shooting at Alpine High, authorities said.       
3471 points by USA Today | High school Texas Sul Ross State University School district Alpine Texas Education United States Associated Press
No water in a hot Cleveland school? Depends who you ask
Water bubblers in one sweltering Cleveland school ran out of water Wednesday thanks to lead testing, but teachers and the district disagree over whether kids went without CLEVELAND, Ohio - Cleveland teachers were buzzing Wednesday on social media about the Newton D. Baker School of the Arts - one of 20 Cleveland schools without air conditioning - staying open even after reportedly running out of water. The school is one of 69 in the Cleveland school district whose water fountains have been shut off while the district awaits results of lead testing. In their place, the district has contracted with Culligan to provide water bubblers at the schools. With heat and humidity skyrocketing so high that the district had to close 10 schools early, those coolers ran out. Teachers and the district, though, differ on whether the school ever fully ran out of water amid temperatures approaching 90 degrees. Teachers say students had no water available until early afternoon, while the district insists that it provided bottled water that morning. "The water stations are all empty," one teacher said in an anonymous complaint that others sent out on Twitter. "We're not sure when more will be delivered. Toilets and everything flush. Just nothing to drink in this sauna of a building." "Know what's awesome?" another said online Wednesday morning. "It's 10 a.m., the heat index in my preschool room is 90* and there is no water at Newton D. Baker. Premier." "Why is a school with no drinking water even open?" that teacher asked. Errol Savage, the Cleveland Teachers Union representative for the building, also emailed district CEO Eric Gordon to alert him to the problem. "I know you don't micro manage district deliveries," Savage wrote. "However maybe you can pull some strings. It's 10:15 Newton D. Baker ran out of drinkable water yesterday.  The principal and custodian have both called for a water delivery.  But we don't have any and this building is already hot." District spokesperson Roseann Canfora said the online complaints are not true. "Newton D. Baker did not run out of water," she said, adding, "I was not aware of any school that was out of water." She said the district sent bottles of water to the school when it learned water supplies were low. She said Culligan came to replenish the bubblers by 1 p.m. "Did they run out of water in their water coolers? Yes," Canfora said. "Did they run out of water? No, because bottled water was brought in." Savage said teachers never saw any bottled water before Culligan came at 1 p.m. and instead had to stop students from using water fountains closed for the lead testing. "When the heat's over 90, you've got to have drinking water for the kids." There won't be any issues with water at the school today. It's one of the more-than-20 schools the district closed for the day because of the heat.
146 points by The Plain Dealer | Teacher Education Bottled water Desalination Water crisis School Water High school
Teen kills classmate in school bathroom then herself: report
AUSTIN, Texas – At least one person died in a shooting on Thursday at a high school in the West Texas town of Alpine, with early reports indicating a female student shot another female student in a bathroom and apparently killed herself, ABC News reported. The other student is alive, ABC news quoted Brewster County...
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Students rally to replace bullied deaf student’s supplies found in toilet
Students have rallied to replace the belongings of a bullied deaf student who found his backpack and supplies dumped in one of his high school’s bathrooms. Alexis Hernandez, who has had cochlear implants since age 1, allegedly was targeted by two fellow students at his Omaha, Nebraska, school, Fox 5 NY reported. In addition to...
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Police seize loaded gun on first day of school in NYC
NEW YORK (AP) - New York City police have confiscated a loaded gun from a student on the first day of school. Police say the gun set off the metal detector alarm at the Brooklyn School for Career Development. No one was injured. Charges are pending against the student, who ...
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Ex-ITT students face limited options
Lone Star College set up a special website listing its programs that may be connected to ITT students' degree path, and plans to host transfer fairs on Friday.
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Four suspects in custody after shooting; Perry Traditional Academy on lockdown
Pittsburgh Perry High School was placed on lockdown this morning after a student was seriously wounded in a nearby shooting.
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California's parents don't know they have a voice in school spending decisions
Parents in California have a right to help decide how their schools spend money, but many in the state may not know that. Researchers from the University of Southern California’s Rossier School of Education and Stanford University’s Policy Analysis for California Education found that more than...
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Complaint filed against Bothell teacher accused of lying
BOTHELL, Wash. (AP) - A Seattle-area school district has filed a misconduct complaint against a high school shop teacher accused of lying about being attacked on campus. The Northshore School District says it has evidence that 63-year-old Cal Pygott "deliberately misrepresented" facts about the May 19 attack. The Seattle Times ...
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De Blasio, Schools Chancellor push new graduation, reading goals
Mayor de Blasio and schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña said Thursday they want 80% of high school students to graduate on time by 2026.
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Omega Psi Phi Frat members hand out school supplies in Queens
Members of the Nu Omicron Chapter of the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity welcomed pre-K kids back to school with new backpacks in Jamaica, Queens.
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