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Education News Archive - March 16, 2006

By M. Ferguson Tinsley, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Mar. 16--An ongoing rivalry developed when charter schools debuted nine years ago. Charter school officials say they offer an alternative to the stodgy traditionalism of public schools.

Word of the Day
fleuron
  • an ornament or knob in the shape of a flower
  • In architecture, a floral ornament; specifically, the large conventional flower usually placed in the center of the abacus of a Corinthian capital or classic ceiling-caisson; also, the floreated termination of a Gothic finial.
[ "The word 'fleuron' comes from French."]