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A Penton Media Property March 20, 2007 | Vol. VI No. 47
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What's News
From the Magazine
Construction Corner
Bonds & Levies
Stats Corner


What's News

What do California schools need? $1.5 trillion, study says

  • A collection of studies says California schools would need $1.5 trillion more each year to make all students academically proficient under the current education system, The Los Angeles Times reports. To read more, click here
  • The United Methodist Church has given Southern Methodist University permission to lease part of its campus for the George W. Bush presidential library, The Dallas Morning News reports. To read more, click here
  • The town of Purcellville, Va., has won a court victory as it tries to block Loudoun County from building a high school just outside the town limits, The Washington Post reports. To read more, click here
  • Is the Clark County (Nev.) school district too large? Some Nevada legislators want to study whether the 300,000-student district should be broken up, The Las Vegas Review-Journal reports. To read more, click here
  • The Kansas City (Mo.) school district is considering a realignment plan that would phase out all of its middle schools in favor of K-8 facilities, The Kansas City Star reports. To read more, click here
  • For a daily dose of education headlines, click here.

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    Costly absences

    Last week, we asked what you thought about a California district asking parents to reimburse it for student absences not related to illness. Here is some of your feedback:
    • "I do think it is reasonable for school districts to ask that parents donate an amount equal to what they miss when their child is absent if the reason for the absence is other than being ill," says a construction manager from California. "This district's costs are fixed based upon the total attendance and accrue whether the child is absent or not. It's unfair to put this added burden on the taxpayers of the area. Many times the reason is that the family wants a three- or four-day weekend to go out of town. That's their choice, but the costs to the district go on."

    Click here to see more reader feedback

    This week, Southern Methodist University has moved another step forward in its efforts to have its campus be the site of the George W. Bush presidential library and policy institute, despite objections from dome faculty members. Do you think a university campus is a good location for such a facility?

    A. Yes. A university campus is the right spot for a facility that will be used primarily by researchers and historians.
    B. No. Welcoming such a facility on a campus could be perceived as a political endorsement and could create conflict at a university.
    C. Other.

    What do you think?

    E-mail your answer and any other comments HERE and we'll publish them in next week's Schoolhouse Beat.

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    Have You Entered Your Projects in the 2007 Educational Interiors Showcase?

    There is still time to enter American School & University's 17th annual competition honoring education interiors excellence. With AS&U's Educational Interiors Showcase, you gain more national exposure for you and your project. Don't miss this chance to be featured in the August 2007 issue of American School & University and on AS&U's newly remodeled Web site.

    Click here to e-mail Molly Roudebush or call her at (913) 967-1959. Or click here for more information about the Educational Interiors Showcase.

    From the Magazine

    Now online from American School & University:

    Deep fryers and the fat-soaked foods that come dripping out of them are no longer welcome in the kitchens and dining halls of a growing number of the nation's schools and universities. Likewise, heavily marketed sugary soft drinks and fat-laden candy treats are vanishing from school vending machines.

    From California to New York, education institutions are enlisting in a war against obesity. The battle plan calls for schools to teach students how to choose more nutritional foods, and for food-service workers to practice in the lunchroom what instructors are preaching in the classroom....

    Click Here to read the entire article, "Battling Obesity."


    In recent years, more education administrators and designers have embraced the potential benefits of daylighting. They have been persuaded that taking advantage of natural light enables schools and universities to conserve energy and provide a better learning environment. Now, proponents are trying to figure out new techniques and strategies that will tap the full potential of daylight in schools....

    Click Here to read the entire article, "Lighting the Way."

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    Construction Corner

    More student housing for University of Arkansas

  • The University of Arkansas will open two residence hall buildings this fall on its Fayetteville campus. To read more, click here.
  • The Grand Rapids (Mich.) school district is planning to construct a new Hall Elementary School, The Grand Rapids Press says. To read more, click here.
  • The University of Texas at Dallas is planning to build a freshman "living-learning" residence hall and a stand-alone food services facility. To read more, click here.
  • To view the web's most extensive portfolio of outstanding education construction projects, visit the new and improved

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    Bonds & Levies

    Yakima rejects bonds again

  • Voters in the Yakima (Wash.) District have rejected a $65.7 million bond proposal that would have provided funds to replace four elementary schools, The Yakima Herald-Republic says. To read more, click here.
  • The South Kitsap (Wash.) district has failed to win approval of a $163.2 million bond proposal, The Port Orchard Independent says. To read more, click here.
  • The Sunnyside (Wash.) district has failed to win approval of a $1.95 million bond proposal that would have enabled the school system to improve athletic facilities at Sunnyside High School, The Yakima Herald-Republic says. To read more, click here.
  • Voters in Madison County, Neb., have rejected a bond proposal for a new elementary school, The Lincoln Journal Star says. To read more, click here.
  • For more news on school bonds and referendums, visit American School & University's Daily News Headlines.

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    Stats Corner

    Big money in the Big Easy

    Source: New Orleans Times-Picayune

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    Upcoming events:

  • March 20-22: National Facilities Management & Technology Conference and Expo, Baltimore
  • March 25-28: TechEd 2007, 12th Annual Technology in Education International Conference & Tech Exposition, Ontario, Calif.
  • March 25-28: National Association of Educational Procurement, 86th annual meeting, San Jose, Calif.
  • March 28-30: 12th annual K-12 School Networking Conference, sponsored by the Consortium for School Networking, San Francisco
  • For more upcoming education-related events and conferences, visit our online calendar.

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