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Discovery Education Key Market Coverage Report Feb 22, 2012

Key Market Coverage Headlines


Naperville, IL Corey Duzan named Illinois Drafting Teacher of the Year (Naperville Sun) D204 substitute teacher fired in duct-taping incident (Naperville Sun) NCHS violinist plays at DePaul festival (Naperville Sun)

Minnetonka, MN Minnetonka Schools Delayed Two Hours, Winter Weather Advisory Continues Through Afternoon (Minnetonka Patch) Last In, First Out education bill passes Minnesota Senate Highs (Star News) Minnesota teacher seniority bill: Senate opts for performance over tenure in layoffs (Pioneer Press)

Kenai, AK Around the District (Peninsula Clarion) Healthier low-fat, low-sugar options coming out of Homer school kitchens (The Republic)

Gwinette County, GA Focus on science learning grows with participation of elementary students (The Weekly) Gwinnette teacher from Peachtree Ridge High honored by Georgia music (The Weekly) Georgia Democratic Senator Opposes Charter Schools Measure (Gwinette County Patch)

Milwaukee, WI BUILD Life Skills. BUILD Confidence. BUILD Bikes (Wall Street Journal)

Key Market Coverage Text


Naperville, IL Corey Duzan named Illinois Drafting Teacher of the Year (Naperville Sun) Jan. 31, 2012 Corey Duzan, a teacher at Neuqua Valley High School, has been named the Illinois Drafting Teacher of the Year by the Illinois Drafting Educators Association. Since 1989, the award has been presented annually to a teacher who demonstrates excellence in drafting education. I was really shocked (to win this award) because I know a lot of people in this field, said Duzan, 31. Illinois has a lot of great programs just like ours, and there are a lot of great teachers. I was very excited to represent District 204 and especially Neuqua Valley High School. Continued. D204 substitute teacher fired in duct-taping incident (Naperville Sun) Feb. 21, 2012 A veteran Indian Prairie School District 204 substitute teacher has been fired following a bizarre incident, in which the instructor allegedly ordered a student at Graham Elementary School in Naperville to bind his own wrists together with duct tape. The incident occurred sometime Thursday and involved a 10-year-old boy enrolled at the school at 2315 High Meadow Road, in the High Meadow neighborhood on Napervilles far southwest side. Continued. NCHS violinist plays at DePaul festival (Naperville Sun) Feb. 11, 2012 Hanway Wang, 15, of Naperville Central High School, was selected to perform in the 2012 DePaul Concerto Festival last month in Chicago. Wang, a violinist, was among an elite group of students who earned the opportunity to perform a movement along with the Oistrach Symphony Orchestra. For me, qualifying for the DePaul Concerto Competition was a gift, Wang said. My parents and I spent rigorous and persevering effort to get into the competition, and such opportunities are not taken lightly by anyone in my family. Continued.

Minnetonka, MN Minnetonka Schools Delayed Two Hours, Winter Weather Advisory Continues Through Afternoon (Minnetonka Patch) Feb. 29, 2012

The winter weather advisory remains in effect through this afternoon. Sleet, freezing rain and rain are expected to diminish and any new accumulation will be in the form of snow between 2 and 4 inches around Minnetonka, according to the National Weather Service Chanhassen. Power outages were reported Wednesday morning in and around Minnetonka. Xcel Energy said crews are busy restoring 11,000 outages in the metro this morning. To report an outage, call Xcel at 1-800-895-1999. They expect most customers experiencing outages to have their service restored by noon today. Continued. Last In, First Out education bill passes Minnesota Senate Highs (Star News) Feb. 28, 2012 A so-called Last In, First Out education bill could soon be dropped on the desk of Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton. The Senate on Monday, Feb. 27 by 36 to 26 vote Sen. Terri Bonoff, DFLMinnetonka, joining with Republicans passed the legislation authored by Sen Pam Wolf, R-Spring Lake Park, that would place teacher effectiveness over seniority in terms of school boards deciding which teachers would stay and go during teacher layoffs. Continued. Minnesota teacher seniority bill: Senate opts for performance over tenure in layoffs (Pioneer Press) Feb. 27, 2012 Basing teacher layoffs on performance rather than seniority is one step closer to reality. The Minnesota Senate on Monday passed a bill that would end the practice of using experience as the deciding factor when schools let teachers go. Senators approved the bill on a 36-26 vote. Only one DFL lawmaker, Sen. Terri Bonoff of Minnetonka, crossed party lines and voted for it. Continued.

Kenai, AK Around the District (Peninsula Clarion) Feb. 27, 2012 The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District Board of Education meets at 7 p.m. at 148 *. Binkley Street in Soldotna (unless otherwise noted). For more information, call 714-8888 or visit http://www.kpbsd.k12.ak.us/school_board.aspx?id=13414. The agenda and packet items are posted on Wednesday afternoon prior to the date of the Board meeting. (The article continues with events happening in schools). Continued.

Healthier low-fat, low-sugar options coming out of Homer school kitchens (The Republic) Feb. 26, 2012 HOMER, Alaska On a recent Monday morning, with a chilly wind blowing snow sideways, students arriving early at Paul Banks Elementary School for breakfast had a warm welcome waiting for them: toasted cinnamon raisin bagels. The mouth-watering smell greeted youngsters coming in from the cold. An option is a bowl of Raisin Bran cereal, a departure from heavily sugared cold cereals, with low-fat milk. Add low-fat strawberry yogurt and fresh kiwi and it was small wonder there were smiles on the faces of students fueling up before the morning bell rang. Full price, the meal is $1.75; the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District also offers free or reduced meal plans. Adults pay $2.75. Continued.

Gwinette County, GA Focus on science learning grows with participation of elementary students (The Weekly) Feb. 22, 2012 SUWANEE, Ga., (February 22, 2012) - Gwinnett Countys largest event for science learning continues to grow with the 2012 Gwinnett County Regional Science and Engineering Fair. This school year, Gwinnett County Public Schools (GCPS) celebrates the fairs 34th anniversary by adding elementary level science-researched projects to compete alongside the middle school and high school students. Last school year, the elementary level students displayed their projects in a non-competitive format. Continued.

Gwinnette teacher from Peachtree Ridge High honored by Georgia music (The Weekly) Feb. 28, 2012 SUWANEE, Ga., (February 28, 2012 - A Gwinnett County Public Schools (GCPS) teacher, who has shared her love for music with students for close to three decades, was recently honored by a group of Georgia music educators. Dr. Bernadette Scruggs, a Peachtree Ridge High Orchestra teacher, was named the 2012 Georgia American String Teacher Association Educator of the Year. Continued.

Georgia Democratic Senator Opposes Charter Schools Measure (Gwinette County Patch) Feb. 27, 2012 Much has been made these past weeks about charter schools. Last week, the Georgia House of Representatives took up HR 1162, a measure billed as a pro-charter schools initiative. Proponents of this state constitutional amendment claim it is a decision of whether or not to support charter schools. It is not. They also claim a constitutional amendment is needed because the Georgia Supreme Court has deemed it necessary to establish the legitimacy of charter schools. This is not only a misunderstanding of the courts ruling in Gwinnett County Schools v. Cox, it is an intentional misreading and completely invalid. Continued.

Milwaukee, WI BUILD Life Skills. BUILD Confidence. BUILD Bikes (Wall Street Journal) Feb. 27, 2012 Last week, BUILD officially kicked off its 2012 season. BUILD Moto Mentor Program, LTD is a non-profit educational outreach program established in 2011 by The Iron Horse Hotel in conjunction with a team of dedicated volunteers and motorcycle enthusiasts.

By connecting high school students with skilled mentors and faculty advisors, this afterschool program offers students the opportunity to learn vintage bike restoration while developing important business, trade and interpersonal skills, Through a formal and very visible competition, students are rewarded for their efforts with incentives given along the way, recognition through display and racing of their bikes and the opportunity to win scholarships and awards for their respective schools. Continued.