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Education News Archive - April 19, 2006

By The Associated Press Some parents and teachers discuss their expectations for schools meeting state math and reading standards by 2013-14, as set by the No Child Left Behind law. These parents and teachers were among those in the AP-AOL Learning Services poll.

Word of the Day
attercop
  • A spider.
  • Figuratively, a peevish, testy, ill-natured person.
'Attercop' comes from the Old English 'atorcoppe,' where 'atter' means 'poison, venom' and‎ 'cop' means 'spider.' 'Coppa' is a derivative of 'cop,' top, summit, round head, or 'copp,' cup, vessel, which refers to 'the supposed venomous properties of spiders,' says the OED. 'Copp' is still found in the word 'cobweb.'
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