Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland has signed a bill requiring schools in the state to educate students about dating violence and healthy relationships. The Tina Croucher Act, which is directed at seventh- to 12th-graders, is named for an 18-year-old Ohio girl who was killed by her ex-boyfriend in 1992.
Some parents in Washington state who say they want a more focused learning environment for their children are turning to Washington Virtual Academies, an online-learning program for students in grades K-12 also known as WAVA. One mother said her son is completing seventh grade at home through WAVA to get away from the distractions of large class sizes in local schools. The WAVA curriculum includes online lessons and webinars in core subjects as well as physical education, foreign languages and Advanced Placement courses.
The Pennsylvania Commission of Human Relations has agreed to investigate allegations of discrimination against immigrant students at South Philadelphia High School, and the inquiry could become districtwide. "We wanted to respond with immediacy to what we thought were really urgent pleas from the students and their advocates," the panel's chairman said. The inquiry will be the second independent investigation into recent racial tensions at the school.
A Kentucky special-education teacher says a classroom unit about superheroes helps engage and focus his students in academic learning. Middle-school teacher Jeremy Belcher says that creating background stories for superheroes helps with writing skills, while graphs and charts detailing the heroes' powers help with science and math. "We go full class periods with them totally focused and into what they're doing," Belcher said.
A new master's degree program at California's Teachers College of San Joaquin -- operated by and located in a county education office -- is training teachers to work with students in career-focused education programs. "The scope of our work is around creating real teachers who are able to connect real life to high school rather than just having a teacher who is an academic expert or an expert in the career/technical side," the school's dean said.