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Bill Gates is a central figure in the modern school reform movement, thanks to his willingness to spend billions of his own dollars for projects he likes. He, for example, spent $2 billion in an effort to break up large high schools and create a network of small schools, but he abandoned that when he decided it hadn't worked. He and his foundation injected hundreds of millions of dollars into experiments to develop controversial teacher assessment systems, is pushing a project to videotape every teacher in the country to help them see how they do their job, spent at least $150 million to help the Common Core State Standards initiative, provided $100 million to build a controversial student database, and, well you get the idea. His money has deeply affected the course of school reform.Read full article >>
1) Frilly socks -- Kingsholm Primary School in Gloucester, England, banned them after a child with a very long frill apparently tripped and fell, according to the Independent.
2) Triangle-shaped flapjacks -- Castle View School in Essex, England, banned flapjacks in triangle shapes after one was thrown and hit a student in the eye, according to the Independent.Read full article >>