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Education News for Monday, Jan. 29

In the wake of the Jan. 3 shooting death of a student at one of its high schools, the Tacoma (Wash.) district wants to begin having sheriff’s deputies or police officers at schools full time as resource officers. (Tacoma News Tribune)

As the price of college has skyrocketed, millions of middle- and upper-middle-class families have juggled to find ways to keep pace. These families earn too much to qualify for need-based scholarships, but few can afford to spend tens of thousands of dollars a year without a significant hit to their finances. (Washington Post)

Two months after Wake County, N.C., voters approved a $970 million school construction bond issue, county commissioners say they will try to put another bond issue for school construction on the ballot this fall--and it could be for as much as $1 billion. (Raleigh News & Observer)

With so many middle schools performing poorly, the movement for K-8 schools is gaining momentum in Boston and nationwide. But some education reformers think combining the middle grades with high school, rather than elementary school, is a better formula. (Boston Globe)

Some pupils in Evanston, Ill., had a mission: replace foam lunch trays with cardboard. They did their research and presented the idea to the school board, but they hit a snag: Bureaucracy. (Chicago Tribune)

Michigan State University is getting closer to deciding where to locate a new osteopathic medical school; Detroit, Rochester and Clinton Township are all in the running. (Detroit News)

Two high school principals have been asked to resign and an elementary school principal will be reassigned as part of the Dallas school district's ongoing investigation into the misuse of district credit cards.

Also: A local Hispanic leader has criticized the Dallas school district's handling of an investigation into credit card abuse, saying culpable employees shouldn't be allowed to resign. Jesse Diaz, president of a Dallas chapter of the League of United Latin American Citizens, says the district is setting a bad example by not firing employees who misused district credit cards. (Dallas Morning News)


They have until Monday to come back and give us their resignations.”

--Dallas school district spokesman Celso Martinez, on two principals who have been asked to resign. Read the Dallas Morning News article.

Teachers at Annapolis (Md.) High School are grappling with their superintendent's order last week that all employees must apply to keep their jobs. (Washington Post)

The beatings of three Palestinian students on the campus of Guilford College in Greensboro, N.C., have created divisions in the school. (New York Times)

Fifty years ago, a fighter jet and a transport plane collided over a junior high school in the Los Angeles district, killing eight and injuring dozens. (Los Angeles Times)

Regents in New York state should use what leverage they have to ensure that reforms proposed for New York City schools are closely scrutinized and modified where necessary to produce the best possible result. (New York Times)

A Boston city councilor and two others have called for the ouster of Elizabeth Reilinger as School Committee chairwoman, saying her controlling style prompted the incoming school superintendent to withdraw from the post. (Boston Globe)

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