March 10 K-12 news round-up

  • The Obama Administration held a conference on school bullying today at the White House. In his remarks to the educators, psychologists, parents, and others in the audience, the president acknowledged that he himself was bullied as a child. “I have to say, with big ears and the name that I have, I wasn’t immune. I didn’t emerge unscathed,” Obama said. [ABC News]
  • Reuters reports that in Wichita, Kansas, “three middle schools have gone to single-sex lunches. Principals say the new lunch system has reduced misbehavior and helped students focus on eating.”
  • U. S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan announced that the percentage of schools designated as ‘failing’ under guidelines set forth by the No Child Left Behind law could increase from 37% to 82% in 2011 as states raise academic standards in an effort to comply with NCLB. The Obama Administration advocates the reform of NCLB. [Associated Press]
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