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Education News Archive - December 13, 2006

By Juan Antonio Lizama, Richmond Times-Dispatch, Va. Dec. 13--As girls sat neatly working on math problems in Laurie Walton's fourth-grade class at Mechanicsville Elementary School, it was so quiet you could hear a hairpin drop.

Word of the Day
barratry
  • The offense of persistently instigating lawsuits, typically groundless ones.
  • An unlawful breach of duty on the part of a ship's master or crew resulting in injury to the ship's owner.
  • Sale or purchase of positions in church or state.
This word ultimately comes from the Old French word 'barater,' to cheat.
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