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A Penton Media Property April 10, 2007 | Vol. VI No. 50
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What's News
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Construction Corner
Bonds & Levies
Stats Corner


What's News

Detroit votes to close 34 schools

  • Two weeks after rejecting a more widespread school closing plan, the Detroit school board has voted to shut down 34 schools by this fall, The Detroit News reports. To read more, click here.
  • The Spring (Texas) school board has refused to let an affluent subdivision leave the district and join the wealthier, better-performing Klein school system, The Houston Chronicle reports. To read more, click here.
  • The New Jersey Schools Construction Corporation has run out of money and is expected to suspend work on some of the 40 projects it is developing, The New York Times reports. To read more, click here
  • Two top deans at Harvard University have asked professors at the school to reduce student expenditures on textbooks, The Boston Globe reports. To read more, click here
  • Budget negotiators in the Maryland legislature have agreed on how to allocate a record $400 million in school construction funds, The Washington Post reports. To read more, click here
  • For a daily dose of education headlines, click here.

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    Adding choices

    Last week, we asked what readers thought about the Detroit mayor's urging the creation of more charter and private schools in the city. Here is some of your feedback:
    • "Competition is good," says an administrator from New York. "At least with more than one choice, there is a chance students can find a place to be successful. We need to eliminate complacency and union-guaranteed jobs regardless of outcome."

    Click here to see more reader feedback

    This week, a Texas district requires that parents show state- or U.S.-issued photo identification before they are allowed into their children's schools. Do you think that is an appropriate security precaution for a public school?

    A. Yes. Schools should have more stringent security on their campuses even if it means parents have more difficulty gaining access to facilities.
    B. No. School security should not be so severe that it prevents some parents from visiting their children's classrooms or taking part in activities.
    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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    From the Magazine

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    One education facility built to last--easy on the earth.
    Sustainability is one of the hottest items on the menu of education design and construction. Its many benefits have prompted administrators and architects to seek new ways to add eco-friendly features to school and university designs....

    Click Here to read the entire article, "Easy on the Earth."


    According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), more than 90 percent of the roof surfaces in the United States are dark-colored and have low reflectance. The heat those roofs attract and absorb have several effects, the EPA says, and none of them are positive. So what should education institutions do about it? Get cool....

    Click Here to read the entire article, "Know How: Roofing."

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    Tired of Cookie-Cutter Schools?

    A new Web site from the American Institute of Architects provides an insider's look into how New Jersey City University and their AIA architects reclaimed an abandoned commercial laundry turning it into a vibrant new Charter High School. Watch how they worked at

    Construction Corner

    New secondary facility for Harper Woods (Mich.) district

  • The Harper Woods (Mich.) district is building a $29 million secondary school, The Detroit News says. To read more, click here.
  • Construction work has begun on a $42 million addition to the Regenstein Library at the University of Chicago, The Chicago Maroon says. To read more, click here.
  • The Murrieta Valley (Calif.) Unified School District has broken ground on Murrieta Mesa High School, the system's third comprehensive high school. To read more, click here.
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    Bonds & Levies

    Bonds approved for middle school in Anchorage district

  • Voters in the Anchorage (Alaska) school district have approved an $85 million bond package that will pay for a new middle school and other improvements, The Anchorage Daily News says. To read more, click here.
  • The Elmbrook (Wis.) school district has failed to win approval of a $108.8 million bond package that would have paid for high school facility upgrades, The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel says. To read more, click here.
  • Voters in the Columbia (Mo.) district have approved a $60 million bond proposal that will provide funds for a new elementary school and the first phase of a new high school, The Columbia Missourian says. To read more, click here.
  • The New Richmond (Wis.) district has won approval of a $92.9 million bond proposal that will pay for a new high school and other projects, The St. Paul Pioneer Press 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

    Minority boost

    • 392: Number of African American students accepted for admission to the freshman class at the University of California at Los Angeles for 2007-08.
    • 249: Number of African American students accepted for admission to the freshman class at the University of California at Los Angeles for 2006-07.

    Source: Los Angeles Times

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    Upcoming events:

  • April 10-13: National Catholic Education Association, 104th annual convention, Baltimore
  • April 14-17: National School Boards Association, 67th annual conference, San Francisco
  • April 14-17: American Association of Community Colleges, 87th annual convention, Tampa, Fla.
  • May 3-5: American Institute of Architects, national convention and design exposition, San Antonio
  • For more upcoming education-related events and conferences, visit our online calendar.

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