Austin (Texas) school officials have launched a survey to gauge support for a new public all-boys school. "The proposed Young Men’s Leadership Academy would be a college prep school offering advanced courses in communications, technology, math, and science," according to the homeroom blog on the Austin American-Statesman Web site. Austin already plans to open the Ann Richards School for Young Women Leaders this fall. Last fall, Education Week reported on new regulations from the U.S. Department of Education that stated definitively that it is legal to educate boys and girls separately under certain conditions. According to the National ...


The highly personal issue of school bathroom breaks is explored in a USA Today story about schools who don't let kids go any time they want. In attempts to crack down on kids who see bathroom breaks as a convenient way to meet friends and misbehave, some schools are limiting how many times students can head to the restroom. But these limits can sometime have "dire consequences" for children who really do need to use the bathroom, the newspaper reports. The story seems to have touched a nerve based on some of the comments posted on the USA Today Web ...


The Observer reports that many English schools are "sleepwalking" toward segregation. In many communities—particularly those in mill towns in northern England—students rarely attend class with children of a different ethnic background. According to the Department for Education and Skills, in Blackburn, four secondary schools out of nine there attract more than 90 percent of their pupils from just one ethnic group, the Observer reports. (The Observer is the Sunday edition of The Guardian.) As Stephen Byers, a former schools minister, put it: Statistics "show that in parts of the country we are sleepwalking towards the segregation of schools...


Most people know the that numbers of children being diagnosed with autism are on the rise and schools are developing programs aimed at helping many of these students go forward with their education. But the debate over what causes autism continues to rage. Some parents say their children’s autism was caused by vaccines, or more specifically thimerosal, a mercury-based vaccine preservative now banned from most vaccines. The debate over thimerosal is heated, with many health professionals saying there is no evidence the preservative has been linked to autism and many anguished parents who believe it to be a root ...


A nonprofit known for its popular after-school science program has announced plans to shut down later this year after 27 years in operation—a victim, at least in part, officials say, of the drive to tie extracurricular activities to improved test scores. Hands On Science Outreach Founder Phyllis Katz told The Washington Post that her "recreational science" offerings did help children learn, but because the program was informal, "we didn't test the children so we couldn't tell you at the end of an eight-week session, 'The kids learned X amount.' " At one point, Hands On Science served 40,000 ...


Recycling is a hot topic in many schools, but this month's issue of District Administration looks at recycling entire buildings for use as schools. In "RE-Construction," writer Peggy Bresnick Kendler looks at "adaptive reuse" where old or abandoned buildings are repurposed for use as schools. While not a trend, adaptive reuse is a viable and valuable option for schools, according to Molly Smith, associate vice president of NANA Consulting Services, an educational facilities planning consultant firm based in Mesa, Ariz. "A lot of districts just get in the mode of looking for land instead of looking at the resources within ...


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