Wilson County Schools weighs drug-testing athletes, which would join Sumner, Trousdale

Wilson County Schools weighs drug-testing athletes, which would join Sumner, Trousdale

Wilson County Schools will explore joining a limited number of districts that administer random drug tests to high school athletes and other extra-curricular participants, which supporters believe can be a preventive measure. The Wilson County School Board recently approved the go-ahead to setup a test program for illegal drugs that begins with formation of a committee to seek input and work on details of the potential program. Specifics would need to be brought back to the board for approval. “From conversations among administrators, sponsors, and coaches, we want to make…

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Free schools boost for England’s worst-performing areas

Free schools boost for England’s worst-performing areas

The government’s free school programme is being redirected towards the worst-performing areas of England, particularly the North East. Ministers are targeting the next wave of about 35 new schools in the bottom third of lowest-performing areas. It comes after criticism that the free school programme has focused on the wealthier South East. The government will also give councils £50m to create about 740 new school places for children with special needs. The money could help to build facilities including sensory rooms and playgrounds with specialist equipment. It is part of…

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Carmel Schools says it won’t make contentious high-ability changes next year

Carmel Schools says it won’t make contentious high-ability changes next year

Update, April 9, 2018: Carmel Clay Schools announced Monday night it will not change its high-ability program next school year. Administrators also cancelled a series of informational parent meetings on the topic scheduled for this week, according to an email sent to parents. Instead, the district will conduct a “comprehensive survey in the coming weeks” to gather parents’ thoughts and questions. The notice clarifies an earlier message sent to parents on March 31 which said the switch to cluster grouping, originally planned for the fall, was “temporarily postponed.” Earlier: Carmel Schools should…

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Social Media Scare for Many ‘C.H.S.’ Schools

Social Media Scare for Many ‘C.H.S.’ Schools

SOUTH CENTRE TOWNSHIP, Pa. — A threatening photo posted on social media put school districts all across the country on alert, including a high school in Columbia County. Although the threat was very real, it wasn’t actually a threat for the school in our area. The principal of Central Columbia High School in South Centre Township became aware of a threatening social media post that targeted a school with the initials “C.H.S.” School officials and local and state police responded, and students were put on lockdown for almost two hours…

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Schools ‘to drop gathering nationality data’

Schools ‘to drop gathering nationality data’

Campaigners said schools should not be asking about pupils’ nationality Privacy campaigners say the Department for Education is to drop the controversial requirement for schools in England to collect data about pupils’ nationality. The Against Borders for Children protest group had warned the information could be used to check on the immigration status of pupils. Campaigners hailed it as a “victory” after a boycott and legal challenges. The Department for Education would not confirm reports of the policy change. A report in Schools Week says schools will be told in the next…

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Key education reforms panel may push widening of RTE to nursery, high school

Key education reforms panel may push widening of RTE to nursery, high school

A key panel of India’s apex education reforms body is likely to recommend bringing pre-school and classes nine and 10 within the ambit of the Right to Education (RTE) Act, thereby expanding the range of free education for children across India, members of the panel said on Saturday. Currently, the landmark law applies to children between six and 14 years of age studying in Classes 1 to 8. The sub-committee of the Central Advisory Board of Education (CABE) will meet on January 11 to finalise its recommendation before sending the…

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Fall in enrolment in state-run schools as English medium trumps mid-day meals

Fall in enrolment in state-run schools as English medium trumps mid-day meals

The lure of an English medium education might be replacing the allure of free mid-day meals, the Union human resource development ministry has indicated to a parliamentary panel that sought reasons for the fall in enrolment in state-run primary schools. The house panel asked why new admissions to government primary schools had come down by 15% while they had gone up by 33% in private schools between 2010-11 and 2014-15. The human resource development (HRD) ministry replied in its action-taken report on January 5 that a mushrooming of private institutions…

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‘Major leak’ in Tarboro water system closes five Edgecombe County schools

‘Major leak’ in Tarboro water system closes five Edgecombe County schools

TARBORO, N.C. — Edgecombe County Public Schools closed five schools Friday after a “major leak” in the Town of Tarboro’s water system. The district announced the closures in a post on its Facebook page. The schools are Martin Millennium Academy, Pattillo Middle School, Princeville Elementary, Stocks Elementary and Tarboro High School. The district said the day will be an optional work day for staff at the closed schools, but all other schools in the district will hold class as usual. Due to continued issues because of a major leak in the…

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Schools warned over hackable heating systems

Schools warned over hackable heating systems

Trend Control Systems tells customers not to connect its controllers directly to the public internet The cyber-security company made its discovery by looking for building management system controllers made by Trend Control Systems via the internet of things (IoT) search tool Shodan. It knew that a model, released in 2003, could be compromised when exposed directly to the net, even if it was running the latest firmware. What is the internet of things? How to beat security threats to internet of things? Deception tech helps to thwart hackers’ attacks Mr…

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A tool or a distraction? UK schools’ approach to mobile phones varies widely

A tool or a distraction? UK schools’ approach to mobile phones varies widely

New York lifted a 10-year ban on phones in public schools in 2015 to enable parents to stay in touch with their children. Photograph: Monkey Business Images/Rex This week the French government announced a ban on students using mobile phones in schools, following through on a pledge made by Emmanuel Macron during his presidential election campaign. The new law will allow phones to be brought into school, but prohibit their use even during breaks. The French education minister, Jean-Michel Blanquer, said the measure was a “public health message to families”. Though not…

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