None of the three Minnesota school districts participating in a USDA-funded pilot program to learn more about irradiated beef has decided to purchase the product. In its final report, the Minnesota Department of Education said the school districts were reluctant to offer irradiated beef in school lunches because of the issue's controversy.
A study of Cleveland's voucher program that found no difference in achievement between voucher students and non-voucher students has nevertheless yielded invaluable information. the Plain Dealer says. The newspaper says the study's data can be used by both proponents and critics of voucher programs to help all kinds of educational institutions improve the way they operate.
More high schools in Illinois are barring some of their lowest-performing 11th-graders from taking state-mandated tests, a practice that has helped boost schools' test scores. Some districts are discarding the traditional method of defining "junior" as a student in the third year of high school, opting instead to use the number of credits taken toward graduation.
Superintendent Merrett Stierheim will depart the Miami-Dade school system, the nation's fourth largest, when his contract expires in June. Calling the job "the mother of all challenges," the former Dade County manager will leave to his successor a divided School Board, the state's largest number of failing schools and a massive, change-resistant bureaucracy.
Many schools are uncertain of how to combat cyberbullying, the practice of using of Web sites, text messages and other virtual tools to discredit or humiliate peers. Some administrators are using old-fashioned sleuthing techniques and explicit Internet policy statements to identify and punish offenders.