Open your notebooks and sharpen your pencils. School for thousands of public school students is about to get quite a bit longer.
Five states were to announce Monday that they will add at least 300 hours of learning time to the calendar in some schools starting in 2013. Colorado, Connecticut, Massachusetts, New York and Tennessee will take part in the initiative, which is intended to boost student achievement and make U.S. schools more competitive on a global level.
The three-year pilot program will affect almost 20,000 students in 40 schools, with long-term hopes of expanding the program to include additional schools – especially those that serve low-income communities. Schools, working in concert with districts, parents and teachers, will decide whether to make the school day longer, add more days to the school year or both.
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The Barbe High School cafeteria has been judged to be “sanitary” by the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals, almost three weeks after the school failed a sanitation inspection because of rodents.
The American Press reports (http://bit.ly/qjfACs ) the DHH inspection on March 1 found nine sanitation code violations in the cafeteria, including four critical violations. The DHH defines critical violations as those that could directly contribute to food contamination or illness. View full article »
A high school east of Cleveland was put under lockdown on Monday following a shooting that was believed to have injured several students, authorities said.
One person was in custody in connection with the incident, Joseph Bergant, superintendent of the Chardon, Ohio, schools said on local television, which was relayed by CNN. The shooting occurred at Chardon High School.
Chardon is about 35 miles east of Cleveland. View full article »
President Obama’s “accommodation” to religious organizations earlier this month on the contraceptive coverage mandate has not quelled the furor as at least a half-dozen groups, primarily small, religiously affiliated colleges and universities, take the administration to court over the rule.
“The First Amendment protects Americans from mandates that require us to act against our own convictions,” Geneva College President Ken Smith said in a statement. View full article »