Detroit School Draws Criticism After Disciplining Students by Not Serving Lunch

Lunch was not on the menu this week for some students at a Detroit school after a food fight led officials to what some called cruel and unusual discipline.

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‘It’s Personal:’ One Principal’s Fight to Save a Flooded Coney Island School (NY)

In a first-floor office at Liberation Diploma Plus, a high school just three blocks from Coney Island’s famous beach, a pile of SAT study books bulge with filthy water.

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Squabble Over School Newspaper Ad Content

A First Amendment squabble is brewing in California over high school newspaper and yearbook advertising content. The school board gave the superintendent the right to prohibit political campaigning and religious symbols in ads.

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A New System for Principal Evaluation

Clayton County (Ga.): Do School Boards Work Anymore?

Did we learn anything from Clayton’s earlier woes or does the latest friction point to the larger problem of having citizens run school systems?

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Springtown ISD (Texas) School OKs Opposite Sex Spankings

A Texas school district Springtown ISD has decided to change its corporal punishment policy rather than apologize after a male vice principal paddled two high school girls, prompting complaints from their parents.

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In N.J. 24 School Districts, Including Monmouth Vo-Tech, Part of Pilot Program

The New Jersey Department of Education has selected 24 districts to participate in either the first year of the state’s principal evaluation pilot program or the second year of its teacher evaluation pilot program this school year.

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Principals as Instructional Leaders

But can they do it all? And at what cost?