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Snapshots TRENDS AND INSIGHTS FROM ACROSS THE NATION Striking in Detroit Detroit public school teachers march in front of Spain Elementary School in Detroit. In mid-September, teachers voted to end their more than two-week strike. The dis- trict initially sought a 5.5 percent pay cut over two years to help balance the district's $1.36 billion budget. The union sought a raise after years without one. In the end, they agreed on a one-year pay freeze, fol- lowed by increases of 1 percent the second and 2.5 percent the third. Veteran teachers also will start paying 10 percent of their health insurance costs, something that only those hired since 1992 did formerly. Bullying This month, Rockstar Games, the maker of the video game series Grand Theft Auto, launched Bully, a game with themes of school fighting. The game's 15-year-old main character must defend himself against school bullies at a fictional boarding school, while dealing with characters ranging from nerds and jocks to authoritarian prefects. In March, Florida's Miami-Dade County School Board called on retailers not to sell the game to minors and required the school district to warn par- ents about the potentially harmful effects of playing violent video games. NOLA: First Day Back U.S. Navy Musician 1st Class Jonathan Martin plays Reveille as students walk into Fischer Elementary School for the first day of school in New Orleans. During the first week of August, education officials opened eight public schools, giving more than 4,000 students an early start on the school year and advancing a reform movement that blossomed after Hurricane Katrina devas- tated the city almost a year ago. 14 October 2006 District Administration DA_1006_snapshots.indd 14 9/15/06 1:47:08 PM

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of District Administration - October 2006

Table of Contents
Editor's Letter
Snapshots
Update
Inside the Law
Curriculum Update
Administration Profile
District Profile
Disaster Recovery
Tech Trends
COVER STORY: The Chicago Team
Out Is In
Algebra's At-Risk Solution
Rural Quality
Struggling Readers
The Online Edge
Speaking Out
Principal Opinion
Problem/Solution
Research Corner
Leadership Books
New Products
By the Numbers

District Administration - October 2006

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