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2008-07-28 03:00:33

By Lauren Roth, The Virginian-Pilot, Norfolk, Va. Jul. 28--VIRGINIA BEACH -- After two years of quiet planning, the superintendent of schools has unveiled his vision. Jim Merrill wants to overhaul teaching and focus on critical thinking instead of test preparation. For the past decade, the state's public schools have adjusted teaching to fit Standards of Learning tests, the yardstick used to measure school performance. "You could pass SOLs and still fail a kid," Merrill said. His...

2008-07-27 15:00:35

By Julian Emerson, The Leader-Telegram, Eau Claire, Wis. Jul. 27--Perhaps the strongest evidence that the Eau Claire school board never formally approved allowing former Eau Claire school Superintendent Bill Klaus to access his retirement stipend last summer comes from Klaus himself. During an interview with an Eau Claire Police Department investigator in May, Klaus acknowledged that no board member made a motion to change Klaus' contract to allow him to begin receiving his $267,209...

2008-07-27 12:00:37

By Steve Henson, The Pueblo Chieftain, Colo. Jul. 27--If Pueblo City Schools Superintendent John Covington has any plans to close Central High School, he might as well simultaneously turn in his resignation. And he'd better take the red-eye out of Colorado while he's at it. Closing Central isn't in the plans for the district, however, so all of those who bleed blue-and-white can just calm down a bit. In a vivid display of how a rumor can fuel hysteria, a large group of worried...

2008-07-27 12:00:37

By Julie Hubbard, The Macon Telegraph, Ga. Jul. 27--A decade in the making, north Bibb County's first public high school is about to open. Erected on the site of a former Christmas tree farm, the project cleared a series of hurdles over the years, from early legal action to block a proposed property sale to decisions on which neighborhoods in the area would attend the new school. Now, Howard High School is readying for its first students. The school system hopes the school will...

2008-07-27 09:00:29

By Patrick W. Connelly, The Herald, Sharon, Pa. Jul. 27--BROOKFIELD -- Police say they will file charges Monday against Brookfield School Board President Joseph Pasquerilla for an incident at his home on July 19. Pasquerilla, 61, of 7944 W. Lincoln St., Masury, will face charges of misconduct at an emergency and disorderly conduct. Brookfield police said township firefighters responded to a burning complaint at about 5 p.m. that day. They were putting out burning twigs and leaves in...

2008-07-26 15:00:37

By Kelli Gauthier, Chattanooga Times/Free Press, Tenn. Jul. 26--For the first time in 12 years, the District 7 seat on the Hamilton County Board of Education will have a new face, and both candidates say they're ready to change the direction of the board itself. Linda Mosley, senior vice president and relationship manager of private client services at First Tennessee Bank, hopes voters will let her use her 30 years of experience in banking to lead the school board to a new level of...

2008-07-26 15:00:37

By Josh Lanier, Independent Tribune, Concord, N.C. Jul. 25--CONCORD -- The Cabarrus County Board of Education approved transfer measures Thursday for schools that did not meet No Child Left Behind standards for a second consecutive year. W.M. Irvin, Winecoff, Weddington, Coltrane-Webb, Wolf Meadow and Royal Oaks elementary schools failed to meet Adequate Yearly Progress as set by NCLB, and parents will have until Aug. 14 to decide if they would like to transfer their children to other...

2008-07-26 03:00:32

Goochland County governmental and educational leaders continued a discussion this week on how to accommodate expected enrollment growth for elementary school students. On Monday, the Board of Supervisors all but scrapped the School Board's $23 million proposal to borrow money without a referendum to renovate Goochland Elementary School, which represents the school district's most pressing space need. At a special meeting called to discuss school construction, supervisors suggested that the...

2008-07-25 21:00:30

By Thad Komorowski When Judith Howard took over as school superintendent of the Niagara-Wheatfield Central School District 10 years ago, her work was cut out for her. In 1998, the school district had managed to survive a number of years in near turmoil. There was a political chasm on the School Board between educators and fiscal conservatives. Meetings went on for hours and the results were split votes and in-fighting. The longtime superintendent left unexpectedly and his...

2008-07-25 18:00:49

By JANESE HEAVIN What started 50 years ago as an advocacy group designed to train new board of education members, the Missouri School Boards' Association has evolved into a one-stop shop for public schools. The not-for-profit corporation provides legal advice, consulting services and health insurance. It helps schools write policies, save money on utilities and apply for federal dollars. It goes to bat for public education at the state Capitol and even sponsors television programming....


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