Education News Archive - July 26, 2008

By GLENN PRICE Scientific staff and students at St Cuthbert Mayne School, Torquay, are celebrating the news that they have joined an elite group of education establishments. After a lengthy application, the school has been awarded combined science and mathematics specialist school status.

By ZENA HAWLEY Pupils at a Derby primary school where 14 different languages are spoken make very good progress from a low starting point, according to Government inspectors.

By Tim Puko Pittsburgh Public Schools students showed almost across-the- board improvement in state test scores from last year, though that will not likely be enough to meet federal progress standards, district officials announced Thursday.

More than pounds120 was raised for ChildLine during an end-of- term concert at a Derbyshire primary school. Pupils at Curzon C of E Primary School, Quarndon, entertained parents and guests with two performances of hit musical Oliver.

THE number of children being excluded from schools in York could be reduced to zero - but at the price of jobs - under proposals to reduce the education authority's wages bill to allow more money to be spent on supporting pupils.

The young student parents who attend the Warrick Education Center are in need of volunteers to work in the center's nursery so they can attend class and earn their high school diplomas.

Media teams at the Department for Children, Schools and Families were busy fire-fighting last week. First there was the Can't Read, Can't Write TV show, which branded UK adult learning standards 'a national scandal'.

Councillors will go into Sheffield schools from Septemb-er to help children learn to read. Members of the council's cabinet committee will take the necessary training to become reading volunteers before going into schools to listen to the pupils read on a one-to-one basis.

Unable to get school-choice legislation passed in Virginia, Del. Christopher B. Saxman, R-Staunton, has formed an advocacy organization to get grassroots support behind school choice. "Parents need an option," Saxman told a news conference yesterday at the General Assembly Building.

By Cathy Benson cathy.benson@botetourtview.com Perhaps the most significant item the board voted on at last week's school board meeting was to ask the county to create a school division capital reserve fund. That was later approved in the regular board of supervisors meeting on July 22.

Word of the Day
  • A handkerchief.
  • Specifically— The legendary sweat-cloth; the handkerchief of St. Veronica, according to tradition miraculously impressed with the mask of Christ; also, the napkin about Christ's head (Johu xx. 7).
  • In general, any miraculous portrait of Christ.
The word 'sudarium' comes from a Latin word meaning 'a handkerchief'.