Do you know someone who's feeling blue about the end of the school year? Maybe they're acting out, being difficult as the school calendar counts down? Well, they're not alone, it turns out. "Transitionitis," as a blogger at The Boston Globe calls it, affects more students than you might suspect. "Children of all ages have a love-hate relationship with the end of school. The culture tells them they are supposed to be happy (no more pencils, no more books!) but what many of them actually feel is sad and confused," Barbara Meltz writes in her Child Caring blog. The best ...


The Bush administration is apparently fighting back against critics of its federally funded sex education programs, which mostly contain the abstinence-only message. The Washington Post reports that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has come out with a 40-page report on sex education programs that feature the use of condoms and other protective measures. The report criticizes these programs for not stressing the failure rates of such protections when it comes to pregnancies and sexually transmitted diseases. This is just the latest salvo in this war. In April, a separate federal study found there was no evidence ...


So, how do superintendents spend their summer vacations? Well, in Tulsa, the superintendent is running an algebra camp. And, he promises it will be fun! According to the Tulsa World, Superintendent Michael Zolkoski is holding his class in a middle school cafeteria and expects lots of class participation. One student offered praise—albeit slight muted praise—for the camp: "It's something to take up my time," said Emily Stanton, a seventh-grader. "Otherwise, I'd probably be going on the computer or swimming. And I can do that later."...


The NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund has launched a new blog tracking two key cases before the U.S. Supreme Court and the broader theme of school integration. The blog bills itself as a "national clearinghouse of Supreme Court School Integration information" and keeps an eye on integration developments from around the country as it awaits decisions in Parents Involved in Community Schools v. Seattle School District and Meredith v. Jefferson County Board of Education—both of which challenge the legality of school districts' race-conscious student-assignment practices. The court is expected to issue decisions in both cases by July....


Bloggers have been weighing in regarding the announcement last week that Michelle Rhee will be the next chancellor of the troubled Washington D.C. public school system. Some are criticizing Ms. Rhee’s lack of school leadership experience—she only spent three years as a teacher through the Teach For America program—and has little experience overseeing a huge, bureaucratic organization like a school system. But others say that’s just what the D.C. schools need—a fresh eye and an innovator. Over at Going to the Mat, Matt Johnston says Ms. Rhee’s appointment is cause for cautious ...


Georgia's colleges and universities are not graduating enough potential math and science teachers to satisfy the state's growing needs, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports. According to a new study, "out of 25,000 public college graduates [in Georgia] in 2006, just three became high school physics teachers and nine became chemistry teachers," reporter Andrea Jones writes. "By 2010, Georgia will need more than 4,500 middle and high school math and science teachers. In 2006, the most recent statistics available, the University System produced just 678 in those fields." On the Journal-Constitution's Get Schooled blog, Bridget Gutierrez points out that "this ...


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