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 The Learning Network: A Midsummer Hiatus, July 28-Aug. 1
We?re taking a break this week to get some work done behind the scenes, but we?ve left you with a summer-fun classic for your teaching and learning pleasure.






 Balancing Special-Education Needs With Rising Costs
The City of New York pays for about 12,000 special-needs students per year to receive private school educations. Parents contend that the city fights too many of these requests, delaying important services to students in the process.






 Briefly: International Education: BBC Offering Archives for World War I Courses
The broadcaster will collaborate with four British universities to offer free Massive Open Online Courses, or MOOCs, beginning in October.






 International Education: U.S. Moves to Align Student Exchanges With Policy Goals
The new strategy, reflecting a shift in thinking about how foreign exchange programs should operate in a more volatile world, would add funds for short-term fellowships but cut support for the Fulbright program.






 Beverly Hills to boot non-district K-8 pupils
After more than four hours of emotional and sometimes contentious debate, the Beverly Hills Unified School District approved a controversial proposal Tuesday to boot out more than 400 out-of-district students.

 ?At hope? kids better than ?at risk??

Sen. Rosa Franklin, D-Tacoma, is sponsoring a bill this session that would replace references to low-income children such as "disadvantaged," and "at-risk" with a more-positive term, "at hope." Decades ago, poor children became known as "disadvantaged." Then they were "at-risk." Now, a Washington lawmaker wants to replace those euphemisms with a new one: "at hope."


 Hawaii legislators seek to lengthen school year
Stuck with the nation's shortest school year, Hawaii lawmakers will consider proposals for longer and more school days when this year's legislative session opens Wednesday.

 Loophole frees mentally ill youth offenders

In this undated file photo provided by Jan Henry, her husband Todd Henry is shown playing a guitar in Tyler, Texas. Todd Henry, a special education teacher, was fatally stabbed by a student at the school.Recent slaying cases highlight the complexities of a 1997 law meant to keep mentally ill juveniles from being held in detention centers where they can't get proper treatment.


 Playgrounds squeezed in places crush
Many schools are building new classrooms on outside space to accommodate a growing number of pupils.

 Exam reform delayed by schools
Dozens of schools across Scotland are delaying the introduction of new Highers in popular school subjects, according to BBC Scotland research.

 Degrees least likely for white teens
University application levels have increased among all groups, but ethnic minority pupils are the most likely to seek places.

 Plagiarism charge rocks US Senate race
The New York Times reports that US Senator John Walsh duplicated numerous passages in his 2007 Army War College master's thesis. The news could hamper Democratic hopes of keeping control of the Senate.