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A Penton Media Property March 27, 2007 | Vol. VI No. 48
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What's News
From the Magazine
Construction Corner
Bonds & Levies
Stats Corner

What's News

Detroit board rejects massive school closing plan

  • The Detroit schools board has rejected a financial savings plan to close dozens of underutilized and run-down school buildings, The Detroit News reports. To read more, click here.
  • The Missouri state school board has decided to strip accreditation from the St. Louis school district and take control of the struggling system, The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports. To read more, click here.
  • A 17-year-old senior was fatally stabbed outside the gymnasium of Washington Preparatory High School in Los Angeles, The Los Angeles Times reports. To read more, click here.
  • The fast-growing Clark County (Nev.) district is looking to buy the Las Vegas campus of a Catholic high school that is moving to the suburbs, The Las Vegas Review-Journal reports. To read more, click here.
  • The northeast section of the University of Central Florida campus in Orlando is in the midst of a construction boom, The Orlando Sentinel reports. To read more, click here.
  • Want more of the latest headlines in education? Click here.

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    Presidential library

    Last week, in light of the opposition by some at Southern Methodist University to a possible George W. Bush presidential library and policy institute on campus, we asked what readers thought about whether a university campus was the appropriate site for such a facility. Here is some of your feedback:
    • "A university is a place of learning, and the information that will be available for study would be easily available," says an administrator from Oklahoma. "It is not a popularity contest."

    Click here to see more reader feedback

    This week, in an effort to boost student performance, some states and school districts are lengthening the day at struggling schools. Do you think this is an effective strategy for improving education?

    A. Yes. Additional instructional time will give students more time to absorb lessons and to prepare for the tests that determine whether a school is succeeding or failing.
    B. No. Lengthening the school day will overextend budgets, fatigue already struggling students, and burn out overworked teachers.
    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:

    Imagine the first day of the new college year--students hauling boxes and TVs as they prepare to move into their new home. Now, imagine the panic if these students and their parents were to arrive at an empty, desolate room. It's unlikely that colleges and universities would assign students to a residence hall room with no furniture, but a space outfitted with ugly, uncomfortable and worn-out furnishings might be just as objectionable to a student looking to establish a home away from home....

    Click here to read the entire article, "Room to Grow."

    The use of surveillance cameras in schools is not new, but just about everything involved with the technology and how it's used is new. Surveillance equipment once was a precautionary system, relegated to the corner, where it gathered dust until an incident took place....Using a video system this way may help reduce some types of incidents, but it is not the most effective way to prevent trouble, identify weaknesses in a system and improve operations....

    Click Here to read the entire article, "Seeing It Through."

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    Construction Corner

    DeKalb County, Ga., plans green high school

  • The DeKalb County (Ga.) district has broken ground on a $36.9 million high school that will try to seek certification as an environmentally friendly facility, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution says. To read more, click here.
  • Brown University in Providence, R.I., is building a $30 million fitness center that will open in 2010, The Brown Daily Herald says. To read more, click here.
  • The Mount Clemens (Mich.) school district is planning to build a community center with more than 10,000 square feet that is to include a gymnasium, a computer center and meeting rooms, The Detroit Free Press says. 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

    Pleasantville (N.Y.) district passes bond by one vote

  • The Pleasantville (N.Y.) district has won voter approval of a $37.3 million referendum to expand its high school and make other improvements, The Westchester County Journal-News says. To read more, click here.
  • The Seneca (Mo.) R-7 District is seeking approval next month of a $9 million bond proposal to pay for a new high school, The Neosho Daily News says. To read more, click here.
  • Voters in the Mustang (Okla.) district will go to the polls on April 3 to decide the fate of a $13 million bond package, The Mustang News says. To read more, click here.
  • Voters in Upper Dublin, Pa., have approved a $119 million plan to build a new high school, The Philadelphia Inquirer 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

    Spending disparities

    • $33,805: Annual per-pupil expenditure in the Sea Isle City (N.J.) district.
    • $12,098: Average per-pupil expenditure in New Jersey.
    • $7,426: Annual per-pupil expenditure in the Guttenberg (N.J.) district.

    Source: New Jersey Department of Education and The New York Times

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    Upcoming events:

  • March 28-30: 12th annual K-12 School Networking Conference, sponsored by the Consortium for School Networking, San Francisco
  • March 29-April 2: National Association of Elementary School Principals, 86th annual convention, Seattle
  • March 31-April 4: Our Power and Responsibility to Shape Education, a joint meeting of the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators, and College Student Educators International, Orlando, Fla.
  • April 10-13: National Catholic Education Association, 104th annual convention, Baltimore
  • For more upcoming education-related events and conferences, visit our online calendar.

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