Archive for July, 2011

Memphis City Council chairman Myron Lowery interrupts Mayor A C Wharton during a news conference Wednesday to say, “I’m not going to let the mayor take the blame for this,” regarding the funding dispute with city schools that may delay the new term.

The city of Memphis sent Memphis City Schools $3 million Wednesday as part of the $8 million it owes the school district from the school year that just ended.

A day earlier, MCS board members voted to delay indefinitely the start of the next school year until it gets $55 million from the city on the upcoming year’s school bill. The funding is less than 10 percent of the school district’s overall budget.

The school board’s decision to delay the opening shocked city leaders, who say the city traditionally pays the money it owes to schools after Sept.

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The Coalition’s flagship academies programme suffered an embarrassing blow today when it emerged some schools face having thousands of pounds “clawed back”. Michael Gove said the accountancy error was down to “mistakes” by local authorities. 

10:43AM BST 16 Jun 2011

An accountancy error has been blamed for overpayments that saw academies receive hundreds of thousands of pounds they were not entitled to.

The blunder is particularly pronounced in Hampshire where academies have been given an extra £300 per pupil – worth around £300,000 a year to the average secondary.

Michael Gove, the Education Secretary, admitted the error today but insisted it was down to “mistakes” by local authorities.

The d

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The Memphis City Schools board will meet tonight to consider a funding deal with the city that, if approved, means schools should start on time.

Board president Martavius Jones confirmed Monday night that the particulars of the funding deal have been worked out, allowing the meeting to proceed.

The board will meet at 7:15 at the district office at 2597 Avery.

“As of Thursday … we didn’t have anything on paper,” Jones said. “Over the weekend and throughout the course of the day Monday, that’s what our general counsel (Dorsey Hopson) has worked on.”

After Mayor A C Wharton and Jones hashed out the proposal last week, the school board originally planned to meet Friday to consider the proposal.

They postponed that meeting, though, to give attorneys more time to look it over.

Last week, the MCS board voted to delay the start of the school year until the district receives millions of dollars owed by the city.

Though it’s not nearly the full amount city school leaders say the city owes the district, the deal would require the city to pay $15 million up front and another $48 million by Sept.

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Tags: City Schools Board, Deal, Funding Deal, Schools Board

Registration for the nineteenth annual Yale Invitational opens Monday, August 1, 2011. Registration will be open for one week before slots begin to be confirmed. The tournament will take place at Yale University from September 23-25, 2011. Yale will offer TOC bids to quarterfinalists in LD, octafinalists in PF, and competitors in the super session of Congressional Debate.This years tournament is being directed by Max Dovala and Meredith Potter; both are members of Yales competitive debate team. The Yale Invitational tournament packet is available online.

Tags: August, Opens August

More pupils are taking Latin in state comprehensives than private schools amid Government pressure to promote tough subjects in the classroom. Latin is now offered by more state comprehensives than fee-paying and grammar schools combined. 

4:59PM BST 17 Jun 2011

Figures show that more than 500 mixed-ability state schools now offer the language at secondary level – a four-fold rise in just a decade.

The subject is now more popular in comprehensives than fee-paying schools and grammar schools combined, it was revealed.

Experts put the rise down to a huge expansion in the number of on-line Latin courses that enable schools to offer the subject without hiring a specialist teacher.

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Tags: State, State Comprehensives

Vol. 45, No. 54

Michael Jones, the newest member of the Missouri State Board of Education, completed three days of intensive training this weekend (July 22-25) in Arlington, Va. The training was provided by the National Association of State Boards of Education (NASBE) to help new board members become highly effective state education policymakers.

Jones joined board members from 20 states and territories in sessions that covered basic issues including responsibilities of state boards and their members, as well as more advanced subjects such as providing effective state leadership through board actions. NASBE provides the training at no charge for up to two members per state.

“State board members who are well-informed and empowered are critical to the successful development and application of education policy and standards at the state level,” NASBE Executive Director Brenda Welburn said. “We

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As part of the College’s green initiative, Occidental Dining Services is now “composting everything that can be composted” including flatware and to-go containers, according to Amy Munoz, associate vice president for hospitality services.

“This includes all of the food waste, including meat, fat, and dairy, plus all of the cardboard, including waxed,” Munoz explains. Paper towels, paper, cloth, and other organic items that currently end up in regular trash can also be added to the food waste. (The compostable flatware is made of corn starch.) 

Composting is a natural process of recycling decomposed organic materials into a rich soil that is great for growing plants. Anything that was once living will decompose and can be used in composting. Finished compost looks like soil-dark brown and crumbly–and smells like a forest floor.

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Tags: Composting, Composting Program