While most public-school suspensions have remained at about the same level, fewer students at Boston's vocational technical schools are being expelled of late. Educators credit the schools' push to get students more involved in their own education and say increasing student interest in the schools has also made admissions more competitive.
President-elect Barack Obama reportedly is considering a range of candidates for the country's top education post, according to Democratic and transition officials. The list consists of former secretary of state Colin Powell, Democratic Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius, Chicago schools chief executive officer Arne Duncan, former South Carolina schools superintendent Inez Tenenbaum and Stanford University education professor Linda Darling-Hammond.
Revisions to math standards proposed by Virginia's education department aim to eliminate some repetition and ensure all grade-school students are prepared for algebra. "I feel like we're getting a little more into the heart of the material," said Carolyn Williamson, president of the Virginia Council of Teachers of Mathematics. "It makes sense that students should have some fluency and mastery with one set of topics before you move on to the next."
Children who text message their daily eating and exercise habits as part of a food diary are more likely to stick to diets. Diaries are known to be effective weight-loss tools, and in a study, children ages 5 to 13 were almost twice as likely to text daily records of their food intake, exercise and screen time as were those using pen-and-paper diaries.
Across the United States, schools may soon face budget freezes or cuts as states grapple with revenue shortfalls due to the worsening economy. "I think this is the best we can do in the situation we're involved in," said Mark E. Emblidge, president of Virginia's board of education, which has opted not to ask for funding increases this year for the Standards of Quality, state-mandated minimum goals for public schools.