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2008-09-11 18:00:30

By BRANDON LARRABEE ATLANTA - A sweeping report on local school boards released Wednesday recommends imposing statewide standards on candidates and empowering the state Board of Education to remove local board members who aren't doing their jobs. Board candidates should be required to hold a high school diploma or GED, sign a code of ethics and pass a drug test, according to the report from a task force of business and education leaders. The panel admitted, however, that the drug test...

2008-09-11 15:00:33

A proposal by a Saco legislator to give local schools the flexibility to schedule four-day weeks has the makings of a good idea even if the details change. Democratic Sen. Nancy Sullivan, a longtime seventh-grade social studies teacher, wants to change Maine rules so that instead of requiring students to be in classrooms 175 days each year, schools would have to meet an hours-in-school standard. How individual schools schedule those hours - perhaps over a four-day week - would be up to...

2008-09-09 15:00:34

By Linh Tat UNION CITY -- New Haven school board trustees have named David Pava, a product of the school district and one of its employees for the past 31 years, as interim superintendent. The board continues to search for a permanent schools chief, a job it hopes to have done by mid-October. The board's decision came on the heels of Superintendent Pat Jaurequi's unexpected announcement this week that she is leaving the position. Jaurequi will lead the San Juan Unified School District...

2008-09-09 15:00:34

By ALAN J. BORSUK and DANI MCCLAIN With the announcement of a $1 million grant from the Waukesha- based Kern Family Foundation on Monday, Teach for America stands on the brink of opening operations here, with the goal of putting 30 teachers in Milwaukee Public Schools classrooms by next fall. The arrival of Teach for America, a national force in motivating high-caliber college graduates to teach in low-performing urban schools, would bolster efforts by prominent education organizations to...

2008-09-09 15:00:34

By Linda Borg PROVIDENCE -- Classical High School has a new principal, Scott D. Barr, a former Classical High School social studies teacher and brother of former Lincoln state Rep. John Barr. Barr takes over the helm from Cheryl Gomes, who retired this summer. Classical is considered the premiere high school in Providence because students must pass an examination for admission, and nearly all of its graduates attend college, including many Ivy League institutions. Lauren Zurier, a...

2008-09-08 09:00:40

By Linh Tat UNION CITY -- The New Haven school board has called an emergency meeting for tonight to discuss naming an interim superintendent to replace outgoing schools chief Pat Jaurequi, who over the weekend accepted a position with another district. Jaurequi, who arrived in New Haven in 2004 and whose contract was extended just this spring to 2012, said she was not actively seeking a new job but was recruited. The other district -- whose name she will not disclose until that school...

2008-09-08 09:00:40

By Rowena Coetsee Antioch Unified School District trustees are among a handful of school boards around the country about to start two years of training in how to do their job more effectively. School board members Walter Ruehlig, Gary Agopian, Claire Smith, Joyce Seelinger and Teri Lynn Shaw have accepted an invitation, along with Superintendent Deborah Sims, to take lessons from a Texas nonprofit organization that teaches school boards to adopt effective policies by focusing on what...

2008-09-08 00:00:24

News You can use Dubuque polling hours Tuesday are 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. For voting hours in other counties and polling sites go to THonline/elections08 If there was any doubt that local residents care about what's happening in public schools, this year disposed of that doubt. Dubuque Community School District Board members heard from taxpayers and parents on several issues during the past year. Parents and students weighed in on the redistricting issue. Stakeholders spoke up again when the...

2008-09-05 18:00:22

By ELISABETH HULETTE Staff Writer School board members yesterday praised a new middle school schedule proposal and expressed relief that the troublesome issue finally appears to be solved. "They really hit the nail on the head," said Collin Wojciechowski, the student member on the board. "It helps prepare kids for high school, and the type and number of courses available in high school." Proposed by Superintendent Kevin M. Maxwell, the new schedule would replace the current four,...

2008-09-05 00:00:22

By George B. Sanchez Nearly 700,000 students head back to Los Angeles Unified classrooms today, and tens of thousands of them will no longer suffer through chaotic, year-round schedules thanks to the district's massive ongoing construction program. The $19.2 billion effort, which would build more than 140 schools by 2012, will add six schools this fall, including two in the San Fernando Valley. The new schools have allowed the LAUSD to cut its year-round schools to just 114 this fall,...


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call-note
  • The call or cry of a bird or other animal to its mate or its young.
'Call-note' is newer than 'bird-call,' which originally referred to 'an instrument for imitating the note of birds' but now also refers to 'the song or cry of a bird.'
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