criminal conduct

School tech director indicted in teen rape case

William Rhinamin, the director of technology for Steubenville City Schools, was arrested after he was named in a four-count indictment by Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine. The 53-year-old Rhinamin is facing several charges, including tampering with evidence, a third degree felony; obstructing justice, a fifth degree felony; obstructing official business, a second degree misdemeanor and perjury, a third degree felony.

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Report: 1 in 200 students busted in school

Arrests in Connecticut schools dropped 13.5 percent from 2008 to 2011, but hundreds of the arrests made in 2011 were for minor policy violations such as throwing erasers, shouting, or leaving class without permission, a new report says.

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Faced with erratic test scores, Portland schools deny cheating

Of the Portland public schools that had marked changes in their test scores this year, Northeast Portland's King School, a K8 institution, had the biggest change of all. The school has seen dramatic growth and decline in test scores for the past several years.

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District hires Houston law firm to investigate questionable practices

Trustees for the Socorro Independent School District (El Paso, Texas) have hired a Houston-based legal firm to conduct an investigation into the district's practices to determine who was responsible for inappropriately retaining special needs students and transfer students from Mexico in the ninth grade between 2007 to 2012.

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Dallas ISD superintendent being investigated

Paul Coggins, attorney with the firm Locke Lord, has been hired to investigate a $24,530 contract Dallas ISD superintendent Mike Miles awarded to The LeMaster Group.

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Guns in school are costly

Oregon school districts that allow or require armed personnel in schools face higher liability insurance premiums. A statement made by the Eugene, Oregon newspaper The Register-Guard and directed at the nearby Harrisburg School Board, the newspaper argues that the move means the insurers have calculated higher risk, or taken the view that firearms in schools reduce safety, rather than promote it. 

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Valley Christian High School introduces drug-sniffing dogs

Headed back to school at Valley Christian High in San Jose? A tip: You're better off putting a dog biscuit into your pack rather than something that could give you a buzz. You'll want to stay on the right side of Ranger and Sparks, two drug-sniffing golden retrievers who will be appearing on the hilltop campus a couple of times a month.

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Judge backs Indiana school's bracelet ban

Indiana Judge Joseph VanBokkelen found in favor of a Fort Wayne district's ban on students wearing "I (heart) Boobies!" bracelets, designed to promote breast cancer awareness. The ACLU brought the suit to defend the rights of a student who had the bracelet taken away from her in school, arguing that high school students are mature enough to deal with the bracelet's sexual innuendo. The judge said the evidence did not support that stance.

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Jersey City (N.J.) school board VP Waterman faces ethics hearing

A Jersey City school board member accused of using his influence to benefit himself and his child will be the subject of an ethics hearing in Newark this week. Sterling Waterman, the board’s vice president, is charged with attempting to involve himself in the day-to-day operations of School 16, on Sussex Street, which his son attended until June.

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School has become too hostile to boys

As school begins in the coming weeks, parents of boys should ask themselves a question: Is my son really welcome? A flurry of incidents last spring suggests that the answer is no.

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