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SCHOOL HEADLINES: :-( & More

By Jackie Burrell
Friday, April 25th, 2008 at 4:19 pm in Schools.

text Two-thirds of the nation’s teens have accidentally used texting shorthand – LOL-style abbreviations or emoticons – in their academic work. “OMG!” say researchers at the Pew Internet and American Life project.

“The findings don’t surprise local students and teachers, who say that instant messaging has become the primary form of communication for a generation weaned on BlackBerry and Motorola Razr phones,” writes San Jose Mercury News reporter Julie Lyons. “They often don’t realize what comes out when they let their fingers do the talking.”

Playground bullies are in the spotlight again after an Oakland 7-year-old landed at Children’s Hospital with a fractured skull, courtesy of playground thugs. Despite the name of the school – Piedmont Avenue Elementary – this school is one of the Oakland School District’s most violent campuses, and not a part of the nearby Piedmont School District. Horrifying story, and not the first time this particular little boy has been targeted at school. Where, we wonder, is the pro bono attorney to sue the bejeezus out of the attackers’ families, the principal, teachers, playground supervisors and school district? Because you know that if this had been a Piedmont kid, the mega-lawsuit would have been filed after the first attack, not the third.

A federal judge is weighing a major lawsuit over teacher qualifications under No Child Left Behind this week, after families in Richmond, Hayward and Los Angeles complained that their federally guaranteed “qualified teachers” are unqualified interns.

And in other news, Mt. Diablo has rescinded 80 pink slips, saying there are enough teacher retirements and resignations to meet budget constraints. And Richmond’s Kennedy High is launching an alumni foundation.

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