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Education News Archive - July 20, 2008

Pupils and staff at a Devon primary school are celebrating after receiving high praise from Ofsted inspectors. Children at Rackenford CofE Primary were described as enthusiastic learners who enjoyed their lessons and achieved above average standards, by inspectors, who visited the school in June.

A School that has given so many Lincoln youngsters a good start in life has closed its doors. Ermine Infant School is to be merged with Ermine Junior School to become a primary school in September.

By HANNAH TAYLOR An education stalwart has retired after a 40-year career with South Devon College. Gordon Budd, schools liaison manager, began his career in 1968 as a part-time lecturer in painting and decorating.

Youngsters from Cockington, Hayes and Priory primary schools have been presented with the Torbay Civic Award. They received their certificates from council chairman Cllr Michael Hytche at a ceremony at Oldway Mansion.

By Laurie Fox and Holly K. Hacker, The Dallas Morning News Jul. 20--Kids today are whizzes at text-messaging. But when they're asked to craft a well-thought-out answer based on a short piece they've read, many are all thumbs.

By Amy Hetzner, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Jul. 20--Schools in Milwaukee and three suburban districts will share a state grant to help teach their growing immigrant communities, the state Department of Public Instruction announced Friday.

By Anonymous Two banks, two bankers receive awards for their financial literacy contributions In Amarillo, Lilia Escajeda volunteers thousands of hours on an annual basis teaching financial responsibility to Habitat for Humanity homeowners, Cal Parley's Boys Ranch residents, elementary school students, refugees and recent immigrants, to name just a few groups.

By Anonymous Most people know that when it comes to employment, opportunities are better for high school graduates than for high school dropouts. But if you're still skeptical, just take a look at data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).

By Anonymous Town North Bank, located in Dallas, topped $269,000 in scholarship awards after announcing the 2008 Mayors' Scholarship recipients. Six Carrollton-Farmers Branch Independent School District seniors will receive $4,000 each.

By Dan Whisenhunt, The Anniston Star, Ala. Jul. 20--A dozen high school students visited Jacksonville State University this week to learn how to be peer tutors.

Word of the Day
cock-a-hoop
  • Exultant; jubilant; triumphant; on the high horse.
  • Tipsy; slightly intoxicated.
This word may come from the phrase 'to set cock on hoop,' or 'to drink festively.' Its origin otherwise is unclear. A theory, according to the Word Detective, is that it's a 'transliteration of the French phrase 'coq a huppe,' meaning a rooster displaying its crest ('huppe') in a pose of proud defiance.' Therefore, 'cock-a-hoop' would 'liken a drunken man to a boastful and aggressive rooster.'
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