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It's So Hot in Baltimore That Schools Are Closing

Dozens of them

(Newser) - Dozens of Baltimore County schools that don't have air conditioning are closed Friday because of the heat, the AP reports. The temporary closures of 37 schools are because of a measure approved by the county's board of education earlier this month that says non-air-conditioned public schools must close... More »

Bomb Threats Reported at Schools in 18 States

Robocalls believed to be 'swatting' hoaxes

(Newser) - Schools across the nation were hit by a wave of robocall bomb threats Monday, closing buildings and forcing the evacuation of thousands of students, USA Today reports. Elementary, middle, and high schools in at least 18 states were targeted, and security expert Ken Trump says the automated calls seem to... More »

Mississippi Town Must Desegregate Schools

Current setup is 'vestige of discrimination': court desegregation order

(Newser) - A small town in Mississippi with a railroad track down the middle literally separating its white community from its black one has been mandated by a federal court to desegregate its schools, possibly ending a half-century battle over the issue, Reuters reports. Per an order handed down by the US... More »

Detroit Teachers Call In Sick: 94 of 97 Schools Closed

Teachers found out they likely won't get paid past June 30

(Newser) - Detroit Public Schools' finances are in such bad shape that teachers were told over the weekend they won't be getting paid past June 30, barring emergency funds from the Michigan Legislature, the Detroit Free Press reports. Most of the district's 2,600 or so teachers aren't taking... More »

Author: Ditch Mandatory Algebra in Schools

Instead, teach kids basic math skills they'll use in the real world: Andrew Hacker

(Newser) - Something's not adding up, according to what the AP calls a "provocative new book" that pleads the case of getting rid of mandatory algebra in US schools. "One out of 5 young Americans does not graduate from high school … one of the worst records in the... More »

School Accidentally Emails 'Whiners' Form to Parents

Snarky 'Hurt Feelings Report' blasted out by mistake

(Newser) - File under really bad email blunders: A staff member at Wilmington, Delaware's Lombardy Elementary School blasted out an event email that included the wrong attachment—a blank "Hurt Feelings Report," the News Journal reports. Set up to resemble a bullying complaint form, the snarky document's "... More »

As Threats Increase, Schools Struggle to Balance Safety, Disruptions

Threats against schools up 158%, though most not credible

(Newser) - As head of security for public schools in Fairfax County, Va.—the nation's 10th largest school district—Tom Vaccarello is responsible for the safety of 189,000 kids in 196 schools. It's a big job: Each academic year, he tells the Washington Post , schools in his district... More »

Bomb Threat Shuts Down All Schools in LA

It warned about backpacks and packages

(Newser) - Students in Los Angeles have no school today for the worst of reasons: a bomb threat. Police say the Los Angeles United School District received a "credible threat" involving backpacks and packages left at schools, reports the Los Angeles Times . "I think it’s important to take this... More »

The Man Who Built Sears Built Something Much More Incredible

New documentary explores Julius Rosenwald's philanthropy

(Newser) - Julius Rosenwald is well known as the 20th-century American businessman who co-founded what we now call Sears. But a new documentary by Aviva Kempner explores Rosenwald's lesser-known role as a Jewish philanthropist who brought education to thousands of African-American children at a time when most had no schools to... More »

Bridal Shop Visited by Ebola Patient Closes for Now

Owner shuts down temporarily amid media blitz

(Newser) - While she was in Ohio last weekend, Amber Vinson visited the Coming Attractions Wedding and Formal Shop with friends so they could try on bridesmaids' dresses for Vinson's upcoming wedding. When news broke that the nurse had become an Ebola patient , it didn't take long for the media... More »

US Needs to Dump Its Entire Terrible Education System

It hurts our kids, and there is a better way: Peter Gray

(Newser) - People talk a lot about how to fix our educational system—but the only real answer is to get rid of it, or at least its traditional components, writes research professor Peter Gray on Salon . Gray, an expert on psychology and how children learn, points out that schools today retain... More »

We've Got a Choice: Schools or Nursing Homes?

Robert Samuelson doesn't think our economy is strong enough to pay pensions

(Newser) - If anyone tries to tell you that Detroit's bankruptcy is an isolated incident, "don't be fooled," writes Robert Samuelson at the Washington Post . The truth is that for governments across the country, "the scramble for scarce resources is intensifying. Schools compete with nursing homes."... More »

Linking Teacher Pay to Test Scores Is a Joke

Eugene Robinson: Corruption allegations in Atlanta prove the point

(Newser) - The huge corruption case in Atlanta schools makes one thing clear, writes Eugene Robinson in the Washington Post : It's time we put an end to the dumb idea of linking teacher pay to standardized test scores. Prosecutors say the former superintendent and others collected fat bonuses for improved scores—... More »

Texas Lawmaker to Schools: Put the Paddles Away

Legislator's bill would outlaw all forms of corporal punishment

(Newser) - A principal-turned-lawmaker is trying to outlaw paddling, spanking, and all other forms of corporal punishment in Texas schools. Legislator Alma Allen's bill would make it illegal for school district employees to get physical to enforce discipline, reports the Houston Chronicle . Many of the state's big cities already ban... More »

US Littered With Empty Schools

Maintenance a drain on districts

(Newser) - Across 12 major US cities, there are 327 empty school buildings simply waiting to be sold—all the while costing districts money for maintenance without bringing in tax dollars, a Pew Charitable Trusts study finds. Prospects for sale are dimmed as parents increasingly send kids to charter or private schools,... More »

Schools Close Over Fears of 'Doomsday' Violence

People 'on edge' after Newtown: police officer

(Newser) - With schools on high alert after the Newtown shooting, rumors of a Mayan-predicted "apocalypse" are compounding fears of violence. Three counties in Michigan have been so overwhelmed with addressing the concerns that they've simply decided to close schools two days early for winter break. "We're not... More »

Bill Would Have National Guard Protect Schools

Barbara Boxer: 'Is it not part of the national defense to make sure our children are safe?'

(Newser) - Would you feel safer sending your kids to school if the National Guard was outside? Well, that could be a possibility if Barbara Boxer has her way. The California senator has introduced a bill that would allow local governments to use the Guard to enhance school security, Politico reports. That... More »

Asia Still Kicking Our Kids' Butts in Math, Science

Singapore dominates, according to new testing results

(Newser) - The results of new testing are, unfortunately, more of the same: US kids remain behind a host of other countries in math and science, specifically those in East Asia. American fourth-graders rank 11th in math and 7th in science, while eighth-graders are 9th in math and 10th in science. Leading... More »

Hong Kong Scraps Pro-China 'Brainwashing' Class

Protesters oppose new education plan

(Newser) - Looks like pro-China "indoctrination" classes have been canceled. After thousands protested in Hong Kong yesterday over a plan to make students learn Chinese patriotism, officials on the semi-independent island scrapped the idea, the Washington Post reports. Many worried that Beijing wanted Hong Kong students to support China's Communist... More »

Native American Mascots Banned in Oregon Schools

State orders eight high schools to make changes

(Newser) - Eight Oregon high schools will have to retire their Native American mascots after the Board of Education voted yesterday to prohibit them. In doing so, the board gave the state some of the nation's toughest restrictions on Native American mascots, nicknames, and logos. The schools have five years to... More »

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