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2010-05-27 06:00:00

THE CULMINATION OF A YEAR IN ENACT'S DROPOUT PREVENTION PROGRAM NEW YORK, May 27 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- SHOW UP! 2010 is the culmination of a year of work by students enrolled in the ENACT Dropout Prevention Programs. The performance will build upon ENACT's workshops with students, crafting an entire program of theater that incorporates humor, drama and rhythm to offer a window into the daily challenges that students face in the New York City public school system - challenges that can...

2009-07-15 11:21:04

 A market-based approach to increasing school choice actually leads to fewer educational opportunities, particularly for disadvantaged students in urban areas, according to a University of Illinois expert in education.As schools compete for students to improve their market position, the demands of the market often trump specific educational policy goals such as increased equality and access to better-performing schools, according to Christopher Lubienski, a professor of educational...

2008-10-13 12:00:32

The concept of economies of scale -- that bigger is better, more efficient, more cost-effective -- may work in businesses where you want fries with that, but not necessarily in the business of education, where you want high school graduates. That's the argument presented by Think New Mexico, which is asking the '09 Legislature to stop paying for construction of mega schools in favor of smaller ones that deliver higher graduation rates. "The single best thing we can do is stop building...

2008-10-07 03:00:20

CHICAGO - Maurisha Gaiter didn't raise her two daughters to be honor roll students by letting them skip class. But frustrated with overcrowded classrooms, outdated textbooks and a shortage of computers, Ms. Gaiter is sending 11-year-old Maurisha and 14-year-old Sakiijdra into some of the state's wealthiest suburbs to join hundreds and possibly thousands of other Chicago pupils in protesting an unequal system for funding schools. "I don't want to send my kids to any second-class school...

2008-10-02 18:00:25

By JANESE HEAVIN Private schools in Columbia are teaming up and pooling their resources in hopes of becoming more competitive with Columbia Public Schools. About a dozen private and religious schools formed a network this summer and met again last month to talk, in part, about coordinating marketing and recruiting efforts. "It's really important because so much attention is given to the public schools," said Karen Shryock, the Columbia Independent School admissions director who formed...

2008-10-01 00:14:08

By RICHARD GARNER The big question Why are we asking this now? Michael Gove, the Conservatives' schools spokesman, spelt out his blueprint for education at his party's annual conference - announcing that his party would adopt the Swedish model of allowing parents' groups, charities and companies to set up their own "free" which they could then run themselves. How does the Swedish system work? Under the policy, which was first introduced in the 1990s, parents are given a sum of...

2008-09-15 15:00:28

By TOM KERTSCHER Germantown -- The School Board has taken the rare step of eliminating full-day kindergarten -- which is offered at all but a handful of school districts in Wisconsin -- as it prepares for the second time this year to present voters with a referendum for a new elementary school. School Board Vice President Mike Schultz said he did not propose eliminating full-day kindergarten as a way of persuading voters to vote for the new school, which could provide enough space to...

2008-08-26 21:00:26

By MAGGIE FITZROY Brette Reiman was angry and embarrassed. She has two children who attend Landrum Middle School, one who attends Ocean Palms Elementary, and she's been a longtime volunteer and supporter of Ponte Vedra Beach-area public schools, serving with the Parent Teacher Organization and School Advisory Committee. But when she learned that Florida ranks 50th of all 50 states in terms of per-capita spending on education, Reiman decided she needed to do more. Now she's become a...

2008-08-25 12:01:08

By S Education is the first rung on the ladder of success for any citizen. As Thomas Jefferson said, "If the children... are untaught, their ignorance and vices will in future life cost us much dearer, in their consequences, than it would have done, in their correction, by a good education." Everyone deserves the opportunity to find the best way to reach that first rung so that we all benefit from an educated society. Sadly, today many children are struggling to reach that first rung,...

2008-08-17 18:00:42

By Dan Lips As American students prepare to head back to school, parents should prepare for the imminent advertising blitz. Commercials selling everything from laptops to lunch boxes will soon jam the airwaves as companies try to explain how their latest products will help make this school year a success. Unfortunately, when it comes to what really matters -- the quality of your child's school -- parents rarely hear from schools because they have little control over what school their...


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cruet
  • A vial or small glass bottle, especially one for holding vinegar, oil, etc.; a caster for liquids.
This word is Middle English in origin, and ultimately comes from the Old French, diminutive of 'crue,' flask.
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