District News Roundup
Dade Count Approves Character-Education Plan
Beginning this fall, students in the nation's fourth-largest school district will get a dose of respect and responsibility along with the three R's.
The Dade County, Fla., school board voted recently to begin teaching nine core values--such as honesty, fairness, and cooperation--to its 300,000 students. Schools can decide for themselves how to teach the values, whether through books, current events, or other lessons, said Henry Fraind, the district's spokesman.
The July decision followed more than a year of discussions between community members and educators, who chose values intended to satisfy the Miami-area district's many ethnic and religious groups.
Lost and Found
Hundreds of students at an Idaho high school showed up for a yearbook-signing event last month to find that all 944 books had been stolen from the auditorium.
Thanks to anonymous tipsters, school officials found most of the books the next evening in water and sewer tunnels beneath the school. Most were undamaged and still in their original boxes.
"I think it was just a prank, but we didn't see the humor in it," said John Fennell, the principal of Minico High School in Rupert. He added that the thieves had not yet been identified, but "we've got a number of leads."
Board Members Resign
Four members of the Cleveland school board have announced plans to leave, citing frustration with their lack of control since the state took over the beleaguered district.
Board President Lawrence A. Lumpkin and members Adrian Maldonado and Tony Cuda said Aug. 24 they would leave at the end of their current terms, on Dec. 31. Vice President Marie Kittredge said she was resigning immediately.
Members of the seven-member board said the state takeover earlier this year left them with little policymaking authority.