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Maryland County's Plan: Copyright Students' Work

It all stemmed from an Apple presentation...

(Newser) - As far as proposed Board of Education policies go, it's an unusual one: A Maryland county is looking to copyright the work created by its students and faculty. As the Washington Post explains, that means a kindergartener's finger-painted drawing would belong to the school system. But the Prince... More »

California School Board Hopeful: I Kidnapped Girls

Former teacher Alvina Sheeley says she meant no harm

(Newser) - Former high school teacher Alvina Sheeley says she's the right person for a spot on a school board in northern California—despite her history of kidnapping children. The 70-year-old candidate, who is running for a spot on the Fairfield-Suisun board, was visiting relatives in Illinois in 1998 when she... More »

School Boots Student Groups After Gay Club Forms

New Mexico district says it's a coincidence

(Newser) - A New Mexico school district has forbidden all extra-curricular clubs from meeting during school hours or using school resources—right after a gay-straight alliance applied to become a club. The Clovis school board says it’s purely a coincidence, and that it had already been reviewing the policy, but the... More »

Guard Who Took Down Gunman: 'I'm No Hero'

Mike Jones says he'd been terrified he let school board down

(Newser) - When distraught ex-con Clay Duke took a school board meeting hostage on Tuesday, it was security guard Mike Jones who saved the day, shooting and wounding Duke, who then killed himself. But Jones says he was only doing his job. “I’m not a hero folks,” he said... More »

School Board Hostage-Taking Caught on Video

Fla. board member fought back against gunman Clay Duke

(Newser) - If there was a prize for America's bravest school board member, Ginger Littleton would be a shoo-in. Video of yesterday's hostage-taking incident at a Florida school board meeting shows that after gunman Clay Duke ordered everybody apart from six men to leave the room, Littleton returned to the room and... More »

Gunman Kills Self at Florida School Board Meeting

His motives remain unknown

(Newser) - A gunman shot himself to death at a Florida school board meeting today, police say. The still-unidentified man walked up to a podium to speak, then spray-painted a red "V" with a circle around it on a wall and began firing. His motives are unknown. No other injuries were... More »

Gay Teen Jumps to Suspended Teacher's Defense

In viral video, Graeme Taylor cites suicide attempt at age 9

(Newser) - Video of a 14-year-old student’s incredibly eloquent defense of a suspended Michigan teacher is making waves on the web, the Detroit Free Press reports. The clip shows Graeme Taylor speaking at a school board meeting about his experience as a 9-year-old driven to a suicide attempt by bullying. Taylor... More »

Kansas City Closing Half Its Schools

'We took a meat ax to the district'

(Newser) - Kansas City's school board narrowly voted to close 29 of the city's 61 public schools after an emotional, standing-room-only meeting last night. The measure, a desperate attempt to prevent a projected $50 million budget shortfall, passed 5-4 despite pleas from parents and community leaders to keep the schools open, the... More »

First-Grader With Camp Knife Back in School

Board shortens punishment from 45 days to 3

(Newser) - The Delaware first-grader suspended for bringing a camping knife to school is welcome to return after the school board amended its zero-tolerance policy. Zachary Christie was to spend 45 days at an alternative school; now, kindergarten and 1st-grade students with a “dangerous instrument”—a blade less than 3... More »

Mom: Bible Says Kids' Shirts Can Be Untucked

Wins daughter's school dress-code battle after citing verse to board

(Newser) - Battling a school for her daughter’s right to attend with an untucked shirt, a Texas woman cited the Bible, which calls for women to “adorn themselves in modest apparel, with propriety and moderation,” the Dallas Morning News reports. “I don’t want her behind showing,”... More »

Back-to-School Lists Bust Budgets

Cash-strapped districts turn to parents for 'communal' supplies

(Newser) - Ever-expanding back-to-school lists are squeezing family budgets, the New York Times reports. The bill often tops three figures as school ask for pricey items like flash drives—often specifying the brand name. And many cash-strapped districts are turning to parents to provide supplies like paper towels, baby wipes and Band-Aids,... More »

Georgia School System Loses US Accreditation

Atlanta-area district becomes first in nearly 40 years stripped of recognition

(Newser) - A Georgia school system has become the country's first in almost 40 years to have its accreditation yanked, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports. Clayton County parents and students were devastated by the move, blamed on the district's "dysfunctional" school board. An exodus of students is expected to accelerate. More »

School Supers Draw Big Bucks, Bigger Perks

Turnaround experts find profitable niche in failing school districts

(Newser) - Teachers aren't living in luxury, but some school superintendents are, the Christian Science Monitor reports. Some are pulling in $325,000 a year, plus multi-million-dollar consulting budgets to restructure impoverished, underperforming public school systems. The Monitor calls them "central office rock stars," a product of the No Child... More »

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