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Education News Archive - June 21, 2008

Last week several county schools were placed on the Government's hit list where fewer than 30% of pupils were achieving at least five good GCSEs. They were given an ultimatum. Gloucestershire County Council has been told it has 50 days to produce detailed action plans to turn round the schools.

By From staff and wire reports Democrats have filled a vacancy on their statewide ticket now that longtime Lafayette-area schools superintendent Richard D. Wood is running for state superintendent of public instruction.

Friends Seminary School Autumn Adkins, 212-979-5035 ext. 193 Assistant Principal Friends Seminary School, regarded as one of the country's top private schools, today announced the addition of Arabic to its curriculum of languages being offered to its students beginning in the Fall 2008 semester.

LABOUR's deputy, Schools Minister Jim Knight has challenged the Conservative Party to "come clean" on grammar schools. Mr Knight said he had written to Shadow Schools Secretary Michael Gove to press him on the issue, claiming the Tories were "divided" on academic selection.

By JOHN MARTIN, Courier & Press staff writer 464-7594 or martinj@courierpress.com Eighth-grader Joshua Deem is spending his mornings this week looking through a microscope. In the afternoons, he is in a robotics class.

By Mary Pickels; Liz Zemba A group of parents and concern citizens applaud when Attorney Richard Bower that the court has order Connellsville Area School District to rescind its closing of three elementary schools and the reconfiguration of grades in the school district.

By Martha Raffaele HARRISBURG -- Pennsylvania's special-education funding formula is under attack in a federal lawsuit that claims it shortchanges needy urban school districts.

By Sara Schilling, Tri-City Herald, Kennewick, Wash. Jun. 20--Some teachers from Kennewick High School are concerned that proposed modifications to the district's high school boundaries don't address socioeconomic issues.

By KARIN KAPSIDELIS For his part-time job as a career coach at Highland Springs High School, Mac McLeod says he spends a lot of time in the hallways, cafeteria and bus stops helping students focus on "life after high school." Many have "no real clue as to what they're going to do when they finish," he said.

Word of the Day
humgruffin
  • A terrible or repulsive person.
Regarding the etymology of 'humgruffin,' the OED says (rather unhelpfully) that it's a 'made-up word.' We might guess that 'hum' comes from 'humbug' or possibly 'hum' meaning 'a disagreeable smell,' while 'gruffin' could be a combination of 'gruff' and 'griffin.'