This week's school news highlights from other parts of the country:
L.A. schools chief orders weak new teachers ousted
Los Angeles schools Supt. Ramon C. Cortines ordered
administrators Thursday to weed out ineffective new teachers before
they become permanent, acknowledging that the nation's second-largest
school system has largely failed to adequately evaluate teacher
Racial Tensions Grow Violent At Philly High School
Dozens of Asian and Asian-American Philadelphia high school
students are back in the classroom following an eight-day boycott.
food-borne illness has sickened more schoolkids in the past decade than
norovirus, and none is linked as consistently to improper food handling
Number of homeless students soars Greenville News
same thing is happening statewide -- a 74 percent increase in the number
of students identified as homeless since 2004, for a total of 8,744
during the 2008-09 school year, according to the latest figures
available from the state Department of Education.
Key L.A. Unified staff positions are funded privately
Private money is paying for key senior staff positions in the Los
Angeles Unified School District -- providing needed expertise at a
bargain rate, but also raising questions about transparency and the
direction of reforms in the nation's second-largest school system.
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