Education News Archive - August 31, 2007

LOS ANGELES, Aug. 31 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- WHAT More than 2,500 parents, children, preschool providers and educators are expected to gather at the Universal Preschool Conference and Education Expo on Sept.

By Kiran Krishnamurthy, Richmond Times-Dispatch, Va. Aug. 31--A Virginia Department of Education investigation found that 56 students at a Stafford County high school were "not accurately accounted for" during May's round of state-mandated standardized tests.

The news, uncovered in a survey carried out by The Independent, that more than 1,000 pupils of school age are likely to be sitting about at home next week instead of going to school is hardly surprising.

Word of the Day
  • A murmuring sound; a rushing or whistling sound, like that of the wind; a deep sigh.
  • A gentle breeze; a waft; a breath.
  • Any rumor that engages general attention.
  • A cant or whining mode of speaking, especially in preaching or praying; the chant or recitative characteristic of the old Presbyterians in Scotland.
  • To make a rushing, whistling, or sighing sound; emit a hollow murmur; murmur or sigh like the wind.
  • To breathe in or as in sleep.
  • To utter in a whining or monotonous tone.
According to the OED, from the 16th century, this word is 'almost exclusively Scots and northern dialect until adopted in general literary use in the 19th.'