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Scholastic Inc. Questioned for Biased Classroom Materials

Scholastic Inc. is being called out for distributing one-sided educational materials to thousands of elementary aged students, again. Scholastic Inc. materials can be found in a plethora of public school classrooms across the country, but is being questioned for packaging information based on corporate sponsorship. The most recent issue is being addressed by three advocacy groups regarding Scholastic’s promotion of using coal for energy.

Rethinking Schools, Friends of the Earth and the Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood have organized a letter writing campaign in an attempt to pull biased Scholastic materials from classroom curriculum. Prior attempts for similar goals have not resulted in desirable outcomes for advocacy groups.

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School Bus Crash Injures 50 People in Missouri [UPDATED]

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UPDATE: The driver of a pickup truck and a high school girl were killed in the accident. Authorities say the pickup truck slammed into the back of the semi as it slowed near a construction zone. Neither of the two school buses were able to stop in time to avoid the collision.

The students in the buses were members of the John F. Hodge High band, and were on a field trip to Six Flags amusement park. (8/5/10 3:55)

Two school buses crashed on a Missouri interstate I-44 near St. Louis this morning at 10:15. Fifty people have been injured and two people have been killed. The accident involved the two buses and a semi trailer and a pick up truck. The first bus ended up on top of the truck’s trailer and the second bus seems to have rear-ended the first.

The Franklin County Sheriff’s Office said that they are helping the Missouri State Highway Patrol respond the to the incident. Emergency staff has set up a staging area not far from the site to help treat the injured immediately.

Forty-six children have been transported to a nearby hospital. “Our understanding is that there are no serious injuries,” said Ashley Wiehle, spokeswoman for SSM Cardinal Glennon Children’s Medical Center, said regarding the expected patients. The children are being brought in as a precaution, she said.

Via CNN and wthr.com.

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Education News – Week of July 19

Each week we’ll recap the biggest news in education headlines to keep you informed of what’s affecting policy, higher education, public education and more. education news

Obama Makes Community Colleges a Budget Priority

President Obama shifted some of his intent educational focus to community colleges recently. He says it’s a move that could make education more accessible and affordable to so many who’ve otherwise ignored it.

New York City Schools Eliminates Parent-Paid Teaching Aides

The city of New York may have a fight on its hands as teacher aides, paid for my parent organizations, are removed from the classrooms. Read the rest of this entry »





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