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[PLUGGED IN] The good, the bad, the ugly

September 2007

From free food to food fights. But no touching!

GOOD
In a groundbreaking decision, the governor of Utah appointed six public school district superintendents to serve as voting members on college boards of trustees. The plan is to create a seamless education system for kindergarten through college graduation. … This summer the Partnership to End Childhood Hunger provided more than 30,000 children in Washington, D.C., with free meals. ... HP is awarding more than $1.2 million in HP equipment, cash, and professional development to teams of teachers at 15 K–12 public schools. Each school will receive 11 HP Tablet PCs, 10 HP digital cameras, 10 all-in-one printers, 10 digital projectors, and stipends for the 15 teachers involved in the technology integration work.

UGLY
Twenty Montreal policemen took three hours to quash a food fight at Honore Mercier High School, which ultimately ended in a riot. The food fight was planned online, and ended up out of control. The school principal, Luc Beliveau, blamed the Internet for becoming a breeding ground for “kinds of activities that are not always positive.” He has also said he will ban cell phones when students return in the fall. Two students face assault charges for their part in the fight and subsequent riot. ... After the Brunswick County (DE) Board of Education accepted the resignation of Brenton Wuchae, the 40-year-old teacher and coach married one of his 16-year-old students. Now in the latest twist, the student’s parents are suing the county board for failing to properly discipline Wuchae.

BAD
Thirteen-year-old Fairfax County, Virginia, student Hal Beaulieu was sent to the office for hugging his girlfriend. Kilmer Middle School has a zero-tolerance “no touching” policy in place. Deborah Hernandez, Kilmer school principal, supports the rule, suggesting that many students simply lack the maturity to understand what is acceptable or welcome. ... Florida legislators are working to reduce the required number of training hours for reading teachers working with students learning English. The projected decrease would reduce required training from 300 hours to 60.

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