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CHARTER SCHOOL SCANDALS: Mingus Springs Charter School

CHARTER SCHOOL SCANDALS: Mingus Springs Charter School

Maine graduation rate 80.4 percent - Boston.com

Maine graduation rate 80.4 percent - Boston.com

Maine graduation rate 80.4 percent


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AUGUSTA, Maine—Maine's high school graduation rate for 2008-09 is 80.4 percent under a new calculation method.
The state Department of Education on Monday released the 2008-09 graduation rate using a newly required federal method for calculating it.
The new method totals the graduation rate based on the number of students who entered 9th grade at the same time and graduated in no more than four years.
Because it only counts students who graduate in four years or less, the rates for

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Report From Teacher Meeting In North Carolina (New Must-Read Blog Recommendation Included) | Larry Ferlazzo's Websites of the Day...

Report From Teacher Meeting In North Carolina (New Must-Read Blog Recommendation Included) | Larry Ferlazzo's Websites of the Day...

Report From Teacher Meeting In North Carolina (New Must-Read Blog Recommendation Included)

I’ve just returned from North Carolina, where I met with a group of teachers from around the country working withThe Center For Teaching Quality. We’re preparing a policy report on Teacher Working Conditions and how they relate to student learning.
It was an excellent gathering, with stimulating discussions during the meetings. In addition, there was plenty of informal talk, too, ranging from comparing how doctors were listened to in the health care reform debate and how

Syrian Education Minister Bans Full Face Veils in Universities | Middle East | English

Syrian Education Minister Bans Full Face Veils in Universities | Middle East | English

Syrian Education Minister Bans Full Face Veils in Universities

Two Syrian women, left, wear the niqab, a face-covering Islamic veil, as they shop in Souk Al-Hamediah, Damascus' oldest market, Syria, 19 July 2010
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Two Syrian women, left, wear the niqab, a face-covering Islamic veil, as they shop in Souk Al-Hamediah, Damascus' oldest market, Syria, 19 July 2010

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Syria's education minister has issued a decree banning women on university campuses from wearing veils that cover their faces. The decision appears to be drawing fire from some quarters and praise from others.

Syrian Minister of Higher Education Ghaith Barakat says the decision to ban women wearing the "niqab" from entering university campuses was taken "at the request of a number of parents." Those parents, he said, do not

Nine local students win Horatio Alger scholarships - Sacramento News - Local and Breaking Sacramento News | Sacramento Bee

Nine local students win Horatio Alger scholarships - Sacramento News - Local and Breaking Sacramento News | Sacramento Bee

Nine local students win Horatio Alger scholarships

Published: Monday, Jul. 19, 2010 - 4:30 pm
Nine area students were among 36 California teens to receive the Horatio Alger state scholarship for overcoming adversity.
The $4,000 prize will go toward their college education. Entrepreneur Arthur Ciocca sponsors the scholarships through the Horatio Alger Association. Horatio Alger was a 19th-centruy American author, who wrote popular rags to riches stories.
"We are happy to help the deserving scholars from California attend college and achieve the American dream," Tony Novelly, president of the Horatio Alger Association, said in statement. "These scholars have exemplified the Horatio Alger ideals by using their challenges in life as a motivator for success."
Local winners include:
Read more: http://www.sacbee.com/2010/07/19/2900861/nine-local-students-win-horatio.html#mi_rss=Education#ixzz0uB1zVadU


Nate Hall poetry slam
A team of Sacramento teenagers has traveled to Los Angeles to compete in the 13th annual Brave New Voices International Youth Poetry Slam Festival.
Sponsors, volunteers and golfers are being sought for the annual Project SAVE Golf Tournament.
Cristo Rey High School is looking for businesses to hire their students.
Just as education experts are encouraging more classroom time to improve student grades and test scores, many California districts are moving in the opposite direction by shortening their school year amid a sustained and draining budget crisis.


Read more: http://www.sacbee.com/education/#ixzz0uB2GBBck

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Eduwonk � Blog Archive � Let’s Do The Time Warp Again!

Eduwonk � Blog Archive � Let’s Do The Time Warp Again!

Let’s Do The Time Warp Again!

Turning around low performing articles…
I woke up today and thought it was 2004, when this blog first launched. There in The New York Times was a Michael Winerip story that, well, left a few things out. Read the story but the basic take is that federal turnaround policy is forcing a great principal out of a good school.
Russo grabs three pieces of low-hanging fruit: Is a really excellent principal representative of the overall landscape of persistently under-performing schools? The last line of the story indicates the principal isn’t actually being fired but is rather taking over the district’s school improvement work. Seems fishy? But most obvious: Federal law doesn’t hold schools accountable for the performance of students they haven’t had a least a


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City backs away from sweeping contract plan after Liu protests | GothamSchools

City backs away from sweeping contract plan after Liu protests | GothamSchools

City backs away from sweeping contract plan after Liu protests

Protests from Comptroller John Liu have promted the city to scrap a proposal that would have let it enter into certain contracts without individual approval from the citywide school board.
Since the state legislature voted last summer to extend Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s control over the city schools, the Panel for Educational Policy has been required to approve all contracts worth more than $1 million

Remainders: In the salary wars, Joel Klein beats David Paterson

  • Chancellor Joel Klein is making a lot more money than Governor David Paterson. (Politics K-12)
  • The city wants the Panel for Educational Policy to give up some of its limited power. (City Room, GS)
  • How did the Columbus Secondary School principal get tenure if principal tenure doesn’t exist? (Chaz)
  • Rotherham thanks the Times’ NCLB-forced-out-a-good-principal story is simplistic. (Eduwonk)
  • Valerie Grey is the State Education Department’s new COO. (NYSED)
  • Doug Lemov describes great teachers as great problem-solvers. (Flypaper, Education Next)
  • Head Start programs could be in for a rude awakening, funding-wise. (Early Ed Watch)
  • NBC’s Education Nation convention is public-service meets marketing. (Sacramento Bee)
  • A Berkeley playwright is making a school board the setting for a culture war. (Times)
  • Charter schools may be hurting middle-class kids’ scores because they don’t focus on tests. (Flypaper)

CHARTER SCHOOL SCANDALS: WEB DuBois Academy

CHARTER SCHOOL SCANDALS: WEB DuBois Academy
WEB DuBois Academy TWO CHARTER SCHOOLS FACE CLOSURE, June 17, 2010, Cincinnati (OH) Enquirer Two local charter schools, East End Community Heritage School in Bond Hill and W.E.B. DuBois Academy in Over-the-Rhine, are on a watch list" to be shut down due to poor ...

Education Research Report: How New York City's New Small Schools Are Boosting Student Achievement and Graduation Rates

Education Research Report: How New York City's New Small Schools Are Boosting Student Achievement and Graduation Rates


The Washington Teacher: Why Not Blame DC's Teachers ?

The Washington Teacher: Why Not Blame DC's Teachers ?

Why Not Blame DC's Teachers ?


Are the winds changing under Chancellor Michelle Rhee ? Given the recent announcement of low standardized test scores on the elementary level in DCPS, Efavorite poses some interesting questions for us to consider.
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Have you noticed that Chancellor Rhee has not pointed the finger of blame at

openSUSE Education 11.3 - still not there yet | ZDNet

openSUSE Education 11.3 - still not there yet | ZDNet

openSUSE Education 11.3 - still not there yet

By Christopher Dawson | July 18, 2010, 11:18pm PDT

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Is it openSUSE or their educational package that’s the problem? Hardware and installer issues certainly suggest that the problem lies with Novell, not a hugely dedicated group who wants students to have access to the best FOSS available.

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I really wanted to love the latest version of openSUSE’s education-oriented distribution, Li-F-E (Linux For Education). It was released this weekend, alongside version 11.3 of the main openSUSE distribution, and was incredibly promising with a host of great features. Ultimately, though, it was let down by poor hardware support and a glitchy installer that left me anxious to switch back to Ubuntu.
openSUSE is Novell’s community-driven, free Linux distribution. It’s powerful, fast, and feature-rich. Layer on a group of super-smart, completely dedicated educators/developers/volunteers who run the Education group and it would seem that you have a recipe for success. According to the group’s website,

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