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2008-10-06 06:00:31

By James Haug By JAMES HAUG REVIEW-JOURNAL Help for schools tagged as "needing improvement" under the federal No Child Left Behind Act segued to a no-consultant-left- behind discussion Thursday when Clark County School Board members approved payment of $2,200 per day to each of two out-of-state contractors. One consultant, Roberta Hennigan, will be paid $44,000 for 20 days of work. The second consultant, Jeri Balick, will earn $33,000 for 15 days of work. The consultants will help...

2008-10-03 18:00:00

By JANESE HEAVIN Columbia's next superintendent of schools needs to have expertise in curricula and instruction and also be savvy when it comes to school finances, said Steve Calloway, vice president of the Board of Education. But if Superwoman isn't available, "I would lean toward somebody with more expertise on the curriculum side," Calloway said. School administrators often specialize in either instructional practices or in school finances, but rarely both. That means school board...

2008-10-03 06:00:21

By Katy Murphy OAKLAND -- A movement to improve education in the city's poorest neighborhoods through the creation of small schools has been largely successful, Stanford University professor Linda Darling-Hammond told the Oakland school board -- which commissioned the research -- this week. The Stanford research team's favorable report comes at a critical moment in the reform movement's history. In a series of recent public meetings, Oakland's interim superintendent has questioned whether...

2008-10-03 03:00:25

Richmond County school board members showed support Saturday morning for a plan that would eliminate sixth-grade classes at Tubman Middle School, keeping the school's rising sixth-graders at their elementary school one more year. Board members, meeting as part of a retreat at The Partridge Inn, said they liked the idea but first want Richmond County schools Superintendent Dana Bedden to meet May 6 with the public to discuss the idea and get parents' input. Dr. Bedden said the...

2008-10-03 00:00:19

By Kristy Locklin The possibility of expanding Pine-Richland High School will be the topic of a special school board meeting on Oct. 13. Last fall, an ad hoc group of residents, staff and students began evaluating the building. Originally designed to hold 750 students, it was expanded in 2000 to hold 1,500 students in grades nine through 12. This year's enrollment is 1,450. Members of the High School Expansion Committee agree that additions are necessary to handle a growing student...

2008-10-02 21:00:19

By Kerry Lester Imagine the scenario: A local peace group has long distributed fliers at a suburban high school. These fliers encourage students to make informed choices when joining the military. One day, an administrator decides that the peace group's is "military bashing." The group is asked to leave. Military recruiters, also distributing fliers at the school, keep making regular visits. The peace group cries foul over the school's choice. Is such a decision fair? Too rash?...

2008-10-02 15:00:52

By FM WIGGINS PETERSBURG -- City schools have saved more than half a million dollars so far by following the recommendations of an efficiency review. At last night's School Board meeting, Dr. Simmie Raiford of MGT America -- the group which performed the efficiency review that was completed in late 2006 -- said the school system has followed 81 percent of the 91 recommendations made in the report. More than half of the recommendations were designed to have a fiscal impact on the school...

2008-09-29 12:00:33

By Miranda C.R. White REDLANDS - Members of the Redlands school board discussed two major issues at their meeting Tuesday - standardized test results and the 2008-2009 budget. Scott Bohlender, assistant superintendent of educational services, gave a presentation on the district's 2008 STAR (Standardized Testing and Reporting) test results. "We have good news to present to you this evening," Bohlender said. He showed the Redlands Unified School District Continual School Improvement...

2008-09-29 06:00:28

By Linh Tat FREMONT -- When it comes to identifying key issues, candidates for the Fremont school board consistently rank school funding, student achievement and communication among their top priorities. But though they share similar priorities, the candidates differ in their approach to these and other issues. The five candidates -- Desrie Campbell, Ann Crosbie, Bryan Gebhardt, Lily Mei and incumbent Ivy Wu -- are hoping their ideas will sway voters on Nov. 4 to elect them to one of...

2008-09-28 15:00:29

By TOM KERTSCHER Germantown -- A School Board member says voters can approve a $22.5 million school referendum without seeing an increase in property taxes -- and a pro-referendum committee goes even further, saying a successful referendum could actually lower property tax bills. The president of the Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance has his doubts, and some Germantown School District residents question the idea that borrowing $22.5 million for a new elementary school wouldn't raise their...


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barratry
  • The offense of persistently instigating lawsuits, typically groundless ones.
  • An unlawful breach of duty on the part of a ship's master or crew resulting in injury to the ship's owner.
  • Sale or purchase of positions in church or state.
This word ultimately comes from the Old French word 'barater,' to cheat.
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