Education News Archive - July 02, 2008

A Decision on whether to close a school struggling to fill its roll will be taken today. County Hall wants to shut Lafford High School in Billinghay, near Sleaford. It warns that falling pupil numbers mean the school will soon become "financially unviable".

By Josh Dulaney FONTANA - Cali Olsen-Binks started school on Tuesday. The 42-year-old educator is the superintendent of the Fontana Unified School District, and Tuesday was her first day on the job. The school board in April chose Olsen-Binks to replace Jane D. Smith, who retired June 30.

By Terrence Stutz and Karin Shaw Anderson, The Dallas Morning News Jul. 2--AUSTIN -- Texas students are out of shape -- and the older they get, the flabbier they get, according to the first statewide physical fitness assessments of public schoolchildren.

Parents in Richmond and Columbia counties whose children took standardized math and reading tests again this month will know the results in July.

By Carol Biliczky, The Akron Beacon Journal, Ohio Jul. 2--University of Akron officials are optimistic that a 17 percent increase in freshman applications will translate into an overall growth of 4 to 5 percent on the main campus this fall.

By Greg Gelpi and Betsy Gilliland A handful of Richmond County schools bucked a statewide trend that saw standardized test scores plummet this year with the introduction of a more rigorous math curriculum, according to figures released Monday.

By Heitzmann, Ray The author argues that case study instruction should be a central component to teacher preparation programs. It is a pedagogy that offers many opportunities and strategies for perspective teachers to gain insight into events that occur within the school and classroom.

By Mangu-Ward, Katherine Why is everyone flaming the University of Phoenix? BY MANY MEASURES, the University of Phoenix is the most successful institution for higher education in American history.

By Cahill, Susan M Mitra, Sue Though school districts across the United States are responding to special education legislation by embracing inclusive practices, many classroom teachers are struggling with inclusion.

By Liz Bowie, The Baltimore Sun Jul. 2--Maryland schools with only a small group of students who can't pass state tests will no longer be labeled as failing and be forced to make draconian changes under a plan approved yesterday by the U.S. Department of Education.

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