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Gleanings Something's Gotta Give A new Education Week report found principals are spending more time on administrative and security issues than instruction-related tasks. Eighty-six percent of principals surveyed, for example, said they attend to maintaining the security of students, faculty, and staff on a daily
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Something's Gotta Give

A new Education Week report found principals are spending more time on administrative and security issues than instruction-related tasks. Eighty-six percent of principals surveyed, for example, said they attend to maintaining the security of students, faculty, and staff on a daily basis. By comparison, only 48 percent reported they actively supervise and evaluate faculty every day.

The $480,000 Question

There's nothing like money to spark a good debate. When asked whether it was appropriate for school leaders to earn salaries on par with corporate America-including Dr. Rudy Crew, who's earning $480,000 as the new superintendent for the Miami-Dade Schools-56 percent of QuickPoll respondents said yes and 44 percent voted no.

In favor:

"He is an executive with a major responsibility. Why shouldn't superintendents earn a business-level salary? They are CEOs."

"Teachers and administrators have long bemoaned not being treated like professionals, either in pay or respect. This is a welcome step."

"The ability to improve a school district has a far-reaching impact. As the students are better prepared to become productive citizens the savings to the entire community far exceed the cost to hire top-notch executives. However, the teachers must also be well compensated if the effect of the leader is to be felt in the classroom."


"He can't do his job if he doesn't have qualified 'underpaid' teachers doing their jobs! Let's equalize the pay range between teachers and administrators."

"Schools are not businesses. Do not treat the 'executives' as if they are Donald Trump. Put the money in the trenches-where the kids are."

"The biggest sacrifice of working in an education field is the salary! Dr. Crew should be no exception to this sacrifice."

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This fall, PBS premiered Lost Boys of Sudan, a gripping documentary that examines the consequences of Sudan's brutal civil war through the eyes of two young survivors, Peter and Santino, who fled their villages and traveled hundreds of miles across the desert to U.N. refugee camps in Kenya. The film is primarily set in the United States, where the boys have been resettled in Houston, Texas, and follows their difficult and often heart-wrenching struggles to adapt to their new American lives without the support of a family or friends. As usual, PBS provides several outstanding free materials to accompany the program, including a 20-page discussion guide, relevant Web links, and a lesson plan, Lost Childhoods: Exploring the Consequences of Collective Violence," aimed at the high school level. "


According to a recent Quality Education Data survey, 19 percent of schools are running Linux on their servers. That's encouraging news for the K-12 open source movement, which has an active presence online at the K-12 Linux Project. The project Web site serves an umbrella heading for three separate URLs: the K12 Linux Terminal Server Project, which provides software for transforming older computers into diskless clients; Linux in Schools, which offers technical guides and tutorials for getting started with open source; and K12 Open Source News, home to discussion forums and free downloads. The sites aren't terribly eye-catching or well organized. But technology directors committed to-or at the very least intrigued by — Linux will find them invaluable.



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Gleanings Summer Surfing Teachers assigning that perennial "How did you spend your summer vacation?" essay should expect to hear about kids' virtual travels as much as, if not more than, their in-the-flesh journeys. That's because youngsters are more likely to use the Net in June and July than any other time,

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Gleanings A Closer Look at "Failing" Schools Do schools considered "failing" under No Child Left Behind have more or less technology than the average American school? This intriguing question, asked by Market Data Retrieval in their recent Technology in Education 2003 report, yielded interesting numbers. In terms of

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Gleanings Teachers Speak Out A recent survey from Public Agenda revealed many of the nation's teachers feel that the expectations placed on them for raising student achievement are not only unrealistic, but unjust. The report found that 59 percent of the 1,345 public school teachers polled believe "it's unfair to be

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Gleanings The Age of IM Over 53 million American adults swap instant messages on a regular basis, with Generation Y predictably leading the way, reports the Pew Internet & American Life Project. Researchers found 62 percent of Internet users aged 18-27 use instant messaging, with some 35 percent logged on an hour

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Gleanings New Poll Reveals Budget Woes District technology budgets have taken big hits, according to a report released this summer by CoSN and Grunwald Associates. The Digital Leadership Divide survey found that while 38 percent of district tech budgets have increased in the past three years, 62 percent have