March 5th, 2012
04:44 PM ET

Today's Reading List

Here's what the editors of Schools of Thought are reading today: APS to fire 11 educators named in cheating scandal
Sixty Atlanta public school teachers suspected of cheating on standardized tests recently were told to resign or be fired. To date, eleven teachers have been fired, nine others quit or retired, and Georgia's licensing board has recommended suspension or revocation of 16 teaching certificates.

Miami Herald: Both bullies and their targets need help from adults
In the wake of a recent school shooting near Cleveland, Ohio, Carmen Caldwell points out that students who are bullied aren't the only ones who need help. She says many bullies are victims or witnesses of domestic abuse.

SFGate: S.F. schools waive seniority for some in layoffs
San Francisco's school board voted to layoff off 485 educators and staff. In a move opposed by the local teachers union, the board also voted to protect the jobs of 70 low-seniority teachers who were brought in recently to help improve low-performing schools.

U.S. News: Avoid Social Media M.B.A.'s, Some Students Say
Several business schools are offering concentrations in managing and marketing social media. Some people argue that there isn't yet enough information about using social media in business to fill more than a few classes, while at least one university is offering nearly a dozen business courses that refer to social media.

Chicago Tribune: CPS students to meet Nobel Peace Prize laureates
Some Chicago public school system students have been learning about Nobel Peace Prize Laureates since November. Next month, the students will have a chance to interact with some of the people they've studied.

March 5th, 2012
01:30 PM ET

How to measure teacher success

Sam Chaltain, Steve Perry, and Christine Romans discuss the release of New York City's teacher rankings, what they mean, and how the data was collected.

From Your Bottom Line with Christine Romans. Join us every Saturday at 9:30 a.m. ET on CNN.

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March 5th, 2012
11:30 AM ET

Miami valedictorian fighting deportation

By John Couwels, CNN

(CNN) – An immigration judge has ruled two teenage girls, including a Miami high school valedictorian, are to be deported for being in the country illegally.

Daniela Pelaez, 18, and her sister Dayana came to the United States with their parents from Colombia 14 years ago and never left – overstaying their tourist visas.

A Miami immigration judge ruled this week that the two girls must be deported to Colombia, leaving the teenagers in shock.

"Education not deportation!" chanted fellow students Friday during a protest outside the North Miami Senior High School, where Pelaez is valedictorian.

The high school senior has a 6.7 grade point average and is at top of her class out of 823 students, said a school administrator.

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March 5th, 2012
06:00 AM ET

My View: It’s time to change schools’ culture of misery

Courtesy NEABy Jessie Klein, Special to CNN

Editor’s note: Jessie Klein is a sociology and criminal justice professor at Adelphi University. She is the author of “The Bully Society: School Shootings and the Crisis of Bullying in America’s Schools.” During the last two decades, she led and administered high school guidance programs. She served as a supervisor, school social worker, college adviser, social studies teacher, substance abuse prevention counselor and conflict resolution coordinator and worked as a social work professor. You can see more of Klein’s work at

(CNN) - Misery has become the norm for young people in school - the Ohio school shooting last week and the case of the Rutgers University cyber-bullying suicide are only the most high-profile of recent related fatalities.

Such despairing actions like suicides and shootings aren’t aberrations. Kids across America are distressed and crying out for help in different ways. When they abuse substances, cut themselves, sink into debilitating depression and paralyzing anxiety, become truant, drop out of school or commit suicide or school shootings, they are saying the same thing: It is too much to bear.

These incidents and the hundreds that came in the decades before, are treated time and again as problems with the individual at the center of the story – but Tyler Clementi and T.J. Lane are not the only lonely teens who were at risk for drastic actions like suicide and shootings.

Educators, parents, and other concerned people often ask me to describe the profile of a bully or someone likely to commit suicide, but this is the wrong question. Instead, we need to examine problem-schools where kids endure a hostile environment every day.


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