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Advanced classes in Pittsburgh
city schools no longer just for 'gifted' students
Monday, January 16, 2012
By Eleanor Chute, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Forty high school
students -- previously barred from taking the most rigorous courses because
they haven't been classified as gifted -- are enrolled in such courses this
school year at three Pittsburgh Public high schools.
By next fall, more such
students could be enrolled in the advanced classes -- known as Centers for
Advanced Study -- as the district's talent development initiative is expanded
throughout the district. The initiative
is being piloted this school year at Pittsburgh Brashear, Langley and Perry and
will be expanded districtwide in the fall.
High school students who
are not classified as gifted but have strong grades and attendance can apply by
Tuesday for CAS classes next fall. Applications from students new to the
district will continue to be accepted after that. Students who have tested as
gifted do not need to apply.
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Parkland looks to allow advertising
on school buses
School board will consider selling ads
to raise revenue.
Callahan, Of The Morning Call 11:02 p.m.
EST, January 16, 2012
The Parkland School Board is considering
advertising on school buses, the latest dollar-digging strategy to raise money
in a tough economic climate when officials are eyeing program cuts and tax
hikes. "We are trying to be
creative and look at alternative sources of revenue," said district
spokeswoman Nicole McGalla, who believes Parkland
would be the first district in the state to go this route if the board approves
the measure at Tuesday's 8 p.m. board meeting.
With years of data, it seems
possible todistinguish good teachers from poor ones. Does that indicate that, after
collecting two or three years’ data on each new hire, districts should be using
test scores for decisions about firings, tenure and pay?
The Department of Education program that funded
$27 million worth of foreign language education grants—which were split by a
mix of 55 charter schools, school districts, and states—was cut in the recent
budget bill, leaving the future of foreign language classes at these schools in
"What this cut does is pull the rug out
from these programs," Martha Abbott, executive director of the American
Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFA), says. Because the Foreign Language
Assistance Program (FLAP) grants were awarded in three- or
five-year increments, affected schools will have to scramble to find funding.
"Some of them are in the middle of being funded; I think it'll be
interesting to see how the communities react to this," Abbott says. Besides FLAP, many foreign language programs
are being cut by state legislatures, especially in elementary schools, where
foreign language classes are often recent additions. "They've usually been
added on, so it's easy to cut," Abbott says.