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Teenage girl's hand allegedly slashed in school knife fight

By sandycooke - May 17th, 2010, 22:47, Category: General

A TEENAGER'S hand was allegedly slashed during a fight in between two female pupils at a college in Melbourne's southeast yesterday.

Police had been known as to Hampton Park Secondary Higher education about 10.15am yesterday soon after a knife was allegedly produced while in the fight involving the two Year 12 pupils.

Principal David Finnerty said the incident happened near a locker location at recess.

"There was an incident that occurred in the college yesterday involving two year 12 pupils aged roughly 17,’’ Mr Finnerty stated.

"The incident may be the subject of an ongoing police investigation and consequently it can be inappropriate it be discussed additional at this time.’’

Mr Finnerty wouldn't comment on the alleged attacker’s status in the university or even the condition of the injured student.

He said the college would perform its personal investigation.

"Student safety and wellbeing is our primary concern and we take our responsibility very seriously,’’ Mr Finnerty stated.

"I will perform a thorough investigation and make a selection within the greatest pursuits in the students concerned and the wider pursuits of college students with the university.’’

A Victoria Police spokesman claimed no-one had been charged over the alleged event.

Herald Sun

Pay Freeze Sought in Yonkers Schools

By sandycooke - May 17th, 2010, 22:46, Category: General

Facing a $43 million price range gap from the next fiscal yr, Yonkers school officials named Monday for all 4,000 employees to agree to some one-year wage freeze — or face the possibility of layoffs of 13 percent with the staff.

Bernard P. Pierorazio, the superintendent, said the wage freeze would save $16.5 million with the 25,100-student district in Westchester County, the fourth greatest in New York Talk about. The freeze would apply to both cost-of-living boosts and the so-called action boosts that employees acquire for more decades of knowledge.

The wage freeze is the single greatest savings inside a four-part proposal that would also cut $8.9 million in administrative expenses and seek an more $15.6 million from the state and $2.4 million on the city for your fiscal twelve months that begins July 1.

“We are in dire straits,” Mr. Pierorazio explained inside of a telephone interview. “In my 36 years while using area, this would be the worst I’ve ever witnessed it.”

He described the proposal in an automated phone message to just about every employee on Sunday night. But the call for a wage freeze failed to sway some union leaders.

Pat Puleo, president in the Yonkers Federation of Teachers, which represents 2,000 teachers, referred to as it a “nonstarter” — especially due to the fact the union has filed a grievance more than what it says is money owed to about 1,000 teachers for action heightens this 12 months. (The district mentioned it had paid for teachers to move up one step, whilst the union mentioned they have been entitled to move up two steps.)

Ms. Puleo, an art teacher for 20 years, mentioned that a freeze on action raises could be “punitive” for your least experienced teachers, who start at $56,000 and often have college loans to repay. “It’s placing them in a very very challenging position,” she claimed.

Bobbie DiBattista, president with the Yonkers unit of the Civil Service Workers Association, with virtually 1,800 noninstructional staff members within the area, claimed her members had previously produced spend concessions — going without the need of raises for two from the four decades that they worked without a contract from 2003 to 2007.

She claimed her members were being now getting asked to forgo a three percent raise for an assurance of no layoffs for only one calendar year. The regular salary is $26,000. “I cannot do that to my members simply because their salaries are so low,” she claimed. “Right now we usually are not even seeking at his proposal. We’re not interested.”

Mr. Pierorazio explained that with no the wage freeze along with other cost-saving measures, the district may have to lay off as numerous as 455 staff, which includes 220 teachers. It may also must do away with favorite software programs like a full-day prekindergarten system for 1,650 4-year-olds, sports software programs at the middle and higher schools, and some busing services.

Yonkers, which has proposed a $500 million spending plan for next calendar year, or perhaps a 2.8 % increase, faces a $20 million reduction in point out aid, a $13 million enhance in retirement and wellness care fees along with a $16.5 million raise in contracted employee raises.

The New York Times

# Fire destroys mobile home in Kearns # Driverless oil truck rolls into Kearns house # Man charged

By sandycooke - May 17th, 2010, 22:45, Category: General

Park City » With state cuts to education, school districts close to the point out are seeking to come across methods to compensate for that shortfall, such as the North Summit Education Center, which began negotiations with its instructors and classified non-teaching workforce associations previous week. Talk from the cuts came as no surprise to instructors and workers, but coming to terms on how and exactly where to tighten the belt will likely be a challenging method.

"We started negotiations, talking to the teachers about these factors, final week. And with talks like this, I anticipate negotiations to last through the summer," mentioned North Summit Superintendent Steve Carlsen.

One of the primary topics up for discussion may be the possibility of shifting some of the price from the current health program from the centre to employees. Under the existing method the classes district pays for 100 % from the well being approach, at a charge of $100 million. The board is thinking of asking workforce to take over at the very least a five % co-pay, an alternative that alone would save the district close to $50,000.

The area pays 100 percent on the existing dental approach as effectively in a cost of $95,000 per year and is thinking of a co-pay, and even carrying out away with all the coverage completely, which, Carlsen mentioned, a lot of other districts have already done.

An additional prospective finances cut, albeit an equally unpopular one, will be the method on the centre implementing an across-the-board salary cut of 1 to 2 %. With the district's salary spending budget standing at about $5

million, the savings would add up swiftly. But classes salaries at the Coalville-based district have held steady for some time plus the board seriously isn't eager to produce the cuts.

Two instructors within the center by now retired willingly, but all retirees will need to be replaced, cutting into the savings, as the district is already at the minimum staff-wise that they may be secure with, claimed Carlsen. But the turnover, shifting from veteran lecturers to new hires, will help save some money as new lecturers fall lower around the pay out scale than the retiring instructors. Either way, class size plus the latest student-teacher ratio will continue to be the identical despite the decreased finances, he emphasized.

Beyond negotiating while using the teachers association for concessions, the board will most likely ought to seek extra solutions for its price range gap, said Carlsen.

One option can be furloughing lecturers. Utah involves students being in education for 180 days, but the Think Board of Education can enable districts the alternative of using up to 5 days off, furloughing lecturers and workforce, like a means of manipulating spending budget deficits. North Summit is taking into account acquiring one day off in the course of the 2010-2010 classes 12 months which would help save $28,000 in salary, as properly as an undetermined sum in utilities, e.g., fuel for busses, making heat and electrical energy, and so on.

The area has made the decision against raising property taxes or getting advantage of an option to request money from what's known as a local-voted leeway tax. As soon as districts withdraw the maximum amount of money, the leeway alternative is exhausted. Therefore classes districts are reluctant to use this selection, looking to keep it as a failsafe within the event of even more dire economic circumstances from the future.

The Salt Lake Tribune

School remembers Anzac Day crash airman

By sandycooke - May 17th, 2010, 22:43, Category: General

An airman who died inside the Anzac Day helicopter crash has been remembered at his former university being a quietly established and loyal pal.
Corporal Benjamin Carson was a pupil of St Andrew's College seven many years ago along with the school right now provided the services of its chapel to family and pals of Carson.

University Chaplain Hamish Galloway says he remembers Carson's qualities properly.

"It was his respectful, sincere, loyal and established demeanour that I don't forget so nicely."

Squadron Sergeant Luke Miller also shared memories of his good friend currently.

"He'd really turn as much as class just that small bit earlier than me everyday and just flick open his book and pretend that he was studying within the morning just to obtain one up on me," says Miller.

The 25-year-old was one of three guys who died on Anzac Day when their Iroquois helicopter crashed around Wellington.

The investigation into that crash is expected to take an additional six months.


Asbestos find closes school

By sandycooke - May 17th, 2010, 22:41, Category: General

The Department of Education says it seriously isn't sure how prolonged a southern Wollongong classes are going to be closed, following asbestos was determined in the roof of the classes buildings.

Operate was underway to upgrade the Warilla North Public School as element on the Federal Government's Creating the Training Revolution plan when the asbestos was discovered.

About 120 students from the school will probably be sent to neighbouring schools as a precaution, which includes Mt Warrigal or Barrack Heights.

Education Department regional director, Maria Grace Spence, says air monitoring overnight at the institution has found no airborne asbestos.

"I've just received a phone call to tell me the air monitoring last night came up damaging," she mentioned.

"So there was no airborne asbestos from the classrooms, so that's excellent news."

ABC News

Prerogative of schools

By sandycooke - May 17th, 2010, 22:39, Category: General

Re: March of Living no location for teens, May 15.

As a pro-life advocate, I participated within the March for Everyday living anti-abortion rally on Parliament Hill and also the march by means of the streets of downtown Ottawa on March 13. I was not astonished to see such big numbers of young individuals at the event.

The participation of these young people was organized by different Catholic school boards, as is their prerogative. Field trips are widespread occurrences in public schools, too.

What secularists and public school taxpayers are likely to forget is the fact that Catholics pay the exact same provincial taxes to assistance universities in general and have the constitutional right in Ontario not only to exist, but to direct their municipal property taxes to service Catholic educational institutions if they so wish.

Catholic universities are faith-based educational institutions. They may be centered on the teachings of Jesus Christ, the gospels, and also the church he founded. Religious instruction is a part of the curriculum that's taught and Christian morality is section of that curriculum.

Children are taught that everyday living is sacred from conception to normal death. Abortion is regarded as to get the taking of a human life at its most vulnerable state. The Catholic faith is not the only religion that's anti-abortion. It joins Muslims, Jews along with other Christian faiths in condemning it.

Parents have the best to raise their young people in their faith and to permit them to physical exercise their democratic right to protest peacefully as practically 12,500 individuals did. What is problematic is always that pro-choice abortion supporters believe that their voice is the only real one to become heard, that abortion is usually a done deal and that no one is allowed to speak on behalf in the unborn kid in this or any nation.

Ottawa Citizen

Cox stepping down; governor to name replacement

By sandycooke - May 17th, 2010, 22:38, Category: General

Point out Colleges Superintendent Kathy Cox announced Monday that she is abandoning plans to run for the third term and heading to Washington to run a new national instruction nonprofit.

Cox's selection, that is effective June 30, leaves a five-person race for state university superintendent with no clear front-runner. Gov. Sonny Perdue could, on the other hand, give a leg as much as one of all those candidates when he selects an interim superintendent, almost certainly from the following couple of weeks.

A tearful Cox told reporters at an afternoon news conference that she had broken the news to Perdue late last week and will be on the employment in Washington on July 1 to run the U.S. Knowledge Delivery Institute.

"I've verified standard persons can get elected, standard individuals can remain elected and standard people can serve with dignity and not produce scandalous headlines," she claimed.

Cox will likely be the initial chief executive officer of the Instruction Delivery Institute, the brainchild of Sir Michael Barber, an instruction adviser to then-British Prime Minister Tony Blair. The organization can help states produce methods for strengthening student achievement.

"I really feel this employment was written particularly for me," she mentioned.

Cox, a former talk about legislator, has been credited with implementing a tougher express curriculum and raising Georgia's graduation rates. She also was an advocate for much more flexibility for local college techniques, which collectively saw $3 billion in "austerity cuts" in basic college funding in her time as superintendent. People cuts led to teacher furloughs, layoffs and the elimination of programs.

She also has received accolades for ending chaos from the 1,000-employee think Department of Training using the tenure of her predecessor, Linda Schrenko, who went to prison.

"I'm not planning to say it was a train wreck, nevertheless it was in quite bad shape," Jeff Hubbard, president from the Georgia Association of Educators, claimed with the Knowledge Department before Cox. "She and her staff brought about some reforms on this point out."

The GAE, the state's second-largest teacher group, endorsed Cox in her previous elections for point out superintendent in 2002 and 2006, nonetheless it had not began the process of interviewing candidates for this year's endorsement, Hubbard stated.

Some political observers experienced expected this to be Cox's toughest re-election campaign, in component, due to an unsettled chapter in her tenure as superintendent involving the distribution of $1 million she won like a contestant within the Fox Broadcasting Corp. game present "Are You Smarter Than a 5th-Grader" in September 2008.

When Cox won, she mentioned the money would head to three point out schools that serve the blind and deaf. But 3 months later Cox and her husband, John Cox, filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy protection, citing a debt of $3.5 million, a lot of it related to John Cox's home-building business enterprise in Fayette County. A Chapter 7 trustee assigned to the bankruptcy case filed suit in 2009 against the Foxes to claim her winnings for creditors.

Attorney Common Thurbert Baker has because weighed in, arguing that Cox was only invited to compete on the present for any charitable interest and that the money should go towards schools. Cox explained Monday that she'll give depositions, or do whatever is needed, even from her new post in Washington, to secure the money for the schools.

She denied that she experienced been worried in regards to the election outcome. "I was committed to working, and I knew I would win," she told reporters at the information conference.

Perdue issued a statement instantly next Cox's news conference calling her a "passionate advocate for Georgia’s students, committed to strengthening achievement for every kid."

"While we will miss her right here in Georgia, I share her excitement in this new chance," the governor stated.

Perdue has until finally July 1 to name an interim replacement to serve right up until Cox's expression ends in December. But Bert Brantley, the governor's spokesman, mentioned he expects the appointment to become made "well in advance" with the deadline.

"This is going to be a very significant six months," Brantley said, noting that, by July, Georgia should know whether or not it has become awarded money in the 2nd round of President Barack Obama's Race towards Top competition.

The think missed out on a possible $400 million in the initial round with the competition that's billed as an effort to promote considerable reforms.

Thomas Lewis, a member from the Georgia Charter Colleges Commission, claimed Cox's support and leadership were crucial to his group's formation.

“I feel she has manufactured considerable contributions,and she is going to be missed," he said.

Cox was to face two other Republicans inside the upcoming major: John Barge, a Rome education and learning administrator; and Richard Woods, a teacher from Tifton.

Three Democrats are also working for your position: Beth Farokhi, a Cobb County educator; Joe Martin, former chairman with the Atlanta university board; and Brian Westlake, a teacher in Gwinnett County Public Educational institutions.

Staff writer D. Aileen Dodd contributed to this post.


3 DPS schools off the chopping block

By sandycooke - May 17th, 2010, 22:35, Category: General

A minimum of 1,100 students can rest assured that their educational institutions will continue to be open as Detroit Public Universities prepares to announce this week a shorter list of schools that will close for great this summer.

A high graduation rate, a recruitment campaign and community investments had been essential inside choice to maintain open three universities -- Communication & Media Arts Large, Glazer Elementary and Dossin Elementary, DPS emergency financial manager Robert Bobb said Monday.

The three schools had been on a school closure list proposed in March because of declining enrollment and poor facilities.

The list had included 41 school buildings and one administrative facility. The proposal represented the largest school closure plan from the nation -- adding to the 100 DPS buildings that already have closed since 2005.

Bobb said the list is shrinking based on feedback from nine public meetings and 36 smaller discussions with parents and staff.

"We are not making these decisions lightly," he said.

The district has threatened 3 times since 2005 to close the deteriorating CMA Large, a small school with an estimated 473 students that has quietly earned the highest graduation rate inside the city at 96.6% compared with the state average of 75.2% and 59.6% at DPS.

CMA will continue to be in its building in northwest Detroit if it wins a makeover from a new NBC show which will debut inside fall called "School Pride."

This month, conditions from the school had been recorded and sent to the show's producers -- leaking windows, raggedy lockers and a faulty boiler. The facility needs at the very least $4.1 million in fixes.

Parents want to stay and say they fear a possible merger with another school.

"The small environment is why I brought my child to this school," said Victor Sanders, whose daughter is a sophomore at CMA. "We're willing to roll up our sleeves to do whatever we have to."

Parents and staff at Dossin Elementary saved their school by recruiting about 100 names of potential new students, while major investments from Focus: HOPE helped to save Glazer Elementary, Bobb said.

Focus: HOPE boards up vacant buildings near Glazer, cuts the grass and provides tutors, said Jacqueline James, president of the Glazer parent group.

William Jones Jr., CEO at Focus: HOPE, said staff helped the school earn a $50,000 technology award this year.

"We want the neighborhood to thrive, and the school is part of that," he said. "It's not about just having a school open, but a great school."


Healthy school meals give pupils a growing taste for junk food

By sandycooke - May 17th, 2010, 22:32, Category: General

A “draconian” wholesome eating regime in Scottish secondary educational facilities may be encouraging pupils to go in search of junk meal, it has been claimed.

The uptake of education lunches has plummeted considering that national policies had been introduced to establish excess fat and vitamin content. In Glasgow, the biggest community authority area, uptake has dropped from 61 per cent of kids in 2006 to 38 per cent this calendar year — a fall replicated across Scotland.

Now the managing director of Cordia, the firm that supplies classes dishes to Glasgow City Council, has known as for a re-examination with the “draconian” policy, which he says is propelling pupils towards deep-fried pizzas and burger vans.

Fergus Chambers claimed that caterers had been “becoming chemists in lieu of cooks” as they tried to guarantee that they met nutritional requirements. The aim of receiving youngsters to consume more healthily was laudable, he stated, but the legislation was getting the reverse influence.

The drive for healthier food began in earnest in 2006, with an initiative by the Scottish Executive at the time. It supplied more nutritious options, in addition to greater data about foods.

Last year regulations came into influence to determine minimum levels for nutrients for example fibre, iron, calcium and zinc and limits on saturated extra fat and total fat. A minimum of two portions of fruit and vegetables must be given to pupils each and every lunchtime. Deep-fried foods could be given only as soon as a week.

“We are all singing from the very same hymn sheet,” Mr Chambers explained. “We do want the diet plan to increase. The question is, are we carrying out it the best way?

“Should youngsters be allowed to leave the confines of the classes? It’s a contentious problem. We have got burger vans even now sitting outside universities. We have got regional shops taking advantage on the school marketplace and placing on unique menus, which include deep fried pizzas and chips.”

He stated that the issue was acute in urban areas, in which pupils had uncomplicated access to quickly foodstuff. Flexible solutions that may very well be varied involving regions were definitely required. “I would like to determine a root-and-branch review throughout Scotland of in which we can construct in flexibility,” he said. “There is great danger that we're lowering wellness mainly because so quite a few kids are voting with their feet.”

John Dickie, head from the Child Poverty Action Group in Scotland, mentioned that universal cost-free dishes had been the most effective method to increase diets.

The Scottish government stated that it had been committed to encouraging young men and women to fully grasp the importance of a healthful lifestyle. It had been also introducing no cost college dishes for pupils in primaries one to three.

A spokeswoman stated: “Decisions on pupils leaving the university grounds during lunchtimes rest using the nearby authority. Even so, we know some councils have taken actions to prevent chip vans from trading near educational institutions throughout lunchtime.”

There are about 36,500 pupils in Glasgow secondary universities. Mr Chambers mentioned that their university meals represented 6.6 per cent of their diet plan more than a twelve months — yet it absolutely was the only region by which there was legislation.

Times Online

Union backs power to school principals expelling students

By sandycooke - May 17th, 2010, 22:28, Category: General

The Queensland Teachers Union (QTU) has welcomed a choice to present state university principals the power to expel troublesome college students.

The State Government wants laws constantly in place to give principals the energy to expel misbehaving college students.

Currently principals can suspend pupils but only advise expulsion.

QTU spokesman Steve Ryan says the change is extended overdue.

"It can help in terms of having rid of the bureaucracy to some extent and enabling schools to make decisions at their nearby web sites," he stated.

"It's one thing that we think should've been in place for many years now anyway - bureaucratic processes have stopped that and we consider this is a very good move forward.

"It enables action being taken quite easily and I think it also means that principals and college communities also can function together to enhance the behaviour of college students at that distinct university."

Nonetheless, Queensland Council of Parents and Citizens Association (QCPCA) spokeswoman Margaret Black says expulsion should only be a last resort.

"Who in fact symptoms off to us is truly just a signature on a piece of paper - what we actually help may be the reality that previous to it gets to this point, we would definitely be wanting mom and dad being incorporated in conversations around the simple fact of problems with their kid," she said.

"Consultation to us is a lot more essential than who signs for the piece of paper."

The legislation will likely be released into Parliament this week.

ABC News

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