Latest Public school Stories

2008-08-14 21:00:24

Vancouver Public Schools has reached a landmark, with half its elementary schools offering all-day kindergarten. Three programs require that parents pay; seven others offer the program for free. The state pays every district to educate its youngest students for half a day. But the lowest income schools get extra money for students to attend all day, in large part because of the achievement gap between low-income students and their wealthier classmates. All- day means 8:30 a.m. to 2:50 p.m....

2008-07-31 09:00:47

Chinese urban students will be free from tuition and other fees BEIJING, July 30 (Xinhua) -- China will make all urban students free from tuition and other incidental fees as of the coming Autumn term to promote the nine year compulsory education system, according to a State Council decision made Wednesday. The decision was taken at a State Council (cabinet) meeting presided by Premier Wen Jiabao. The meeting decided that the government would continue to offer free textbooks and...

2008-07-29 06:00:42

To the editor: It is nearly August and the large retail chains have lined the shelves with brand new crayons, five-subject notebooks and smooth- writing gel pens. Children will return to school soon. On Aug. 25, many parents will engage in a collective sigh of relief. However, some of the parents of kindergartners will seethe at the quiet policy of "separate but equal" the Clark County School District employs. I teach in one of the local high schools, so I am unversed in the machinations...

2008-07-28 15:00:53

By ANGEL RIGGS See state aid figures for all the state's school districts Aid to Tulsa Public Schools, however, will remain the same. OKLAHOMA CITY -- Nearly half of Oklahoma's schools will receive less state funding this year compared with last year, although Tulsa Public Schools' state aid is expected to remain flat, according to figures provided Thursday to the state Board of Education. The state will send Tulsa Public Schools $112.4 million in the fiscal year that began July 1,...

2008-07-24 06:00:53

By Arielle Levin Becker, The Hartford Courant, Conn. Jul. 24--Jennifer Jackson finally had good news for her daughter, Raeyah: Her new school, the much-anticipated Achievement First Hartford Academy, will open next month after all. The 10-year-old took it with an adult dose of skepticism. "Are you sure?" she asked. She'd had her hopes up before, then been told the school might not open. This time, Raeyah can be sure. After a $2.1 million state funding shortfall threatened to keep...

2008-07-22 15:00:57

By Jessica Schonberg, Enquirer-Herald, York, S.C. Jul. 21--John and Christina Davis are looking for something different from what local public schools offer. They don't bash the public schools. But they find the opportunity appealing for their four children, ages 3 to 12, to attend a smaller school, with lots of parental involvement and only one campus for kindergarten through 12th grade. So, the Davises signed on with York Preparatory Academy, a charter school scheduled to open...

2008-07-07 21:00:21

Cue the applause for the Shelby County Commission for an effort launched by some members last week to rein in pay raises for top administrators at Shelby County Schools. The $56,000 hike for Superintendent of Schools Bobby Webb may be a contractual obligation. It may be close to the industry standard for a district with more than 47,000 students. But it's also a jarring note for taxpayers wondering how their services are going to be affected by upcoming cuts in the county work force....

Word of the Day
  • Like a worm in form or movement; vermiform; tortuous or sinuous; also, writhing or wriggling.
  • Like the track or trace of a worm; appearing as if worm-eaten; vermiculate.
  • Marked with fine, close-set, wavy or tortuous lines of color; vermiculated.
  • A form of rusticated masonry which is so wrought as to appear thickly indented with worm-tracks.
This word ultimately comes from the Latin 'vermis,' worm.