Teachers and principals in Florida are anxiously awaiting the grand opening of the Schultz Center for Teaching & Leadership, a new professional development academy in the Northeast part of the state. The center will provide educators with training in technology and pedagological methods.
Philadelphia school officials and policymakers Nov. 8 lambasted for-profit Edison Schools Inc. executives in a meeting at City Hall, warning the company that a hostile takeover of the city's schools would result in disaster for shareholders. Mayor John Street told Penn. Gov. Mark Schweiker that he wouldn't begin negotiations on the future of the district until the proposal to install Edison is dropped.
The Alabama Board of Education voted unanimously on Nov. 8 to amend state science textbooks to reflect that the theory of evolution is controversial. The Alabama Academy of Science opposed the move, noting that evolution is not controversial in the scientific community.
The U.S. Supreme Court chose to take a case debating whether public schools may require students to pass drug tests in order to participate in extracurricular activities. The ACLU claims that students involved in extracurricular activities are less likely to use drugs and therefore the case is counterproductive.