Schools fall behind federal goals

first_imgCalifornia schools face an uphill battle in their effort to meet federally mandated achievement goals, with some 700 schools facing reorganization for repeated noncompliance with the No Child Left Behind Act, a study released today says. The Center on Education Policy, based in Washington, D.C., found that the number of schools facing reorganization soared 42 percent from 2005-06 to 2006-07. The reason, officials said, is the inability of many schools to overcome “program improvement” status despite repeated efforts to raise student test scores. “I think it’s difficult to get out, but not impossible,” said Janis Fries-Martinez, the principal of Francis Polytechnic High School in Sun Valley, which faces mandatory reorganization because it’s been a program-improvement campus for five years. “It’s rigorous and the standards they’ve set are important, but I think that the benchmarks just don’t give you any leeway. If you’re making growth, that should play a part somewhere versus a high-benchmark target.” Fries-Martinez noted that Polytechnic has raised its API score from 473 in 1999 to 609 in 2006. However, the school’s 500 special-education students didn’t hit their target score last year so the campus remains in program improvement. “It just makes it frustrating. We’re out there working as hard as we can,” she said. Passed by Congress in 2001, NCLB makes states, school districts and individual schools more accountable for student achievement by setting annual progress goals. With a target of having all students proficient by 2013-14, the NCLB mandates escalating assistance programs – including taking over or even closing schools that repeatedly miss their target. Polytechnic has already lost its ability to hire staff and administrators. The 4,500-student campus also has been restructured into small learning communities in a move toward more personalized education. In addition, about 1,200 students are enrolled in after-school and Saturday classes designed to help struggling students catch up. In 2005-06, Los Angeles Unified accounted for 20 percent of all program-improvement schools in California – the most of any district, the report states. The percentage fell last year to 14 percent, but the district still remains at the top of the state list. Among California schools, 207 have missed progress goals for seven consecutive years and 10 have missed them for eight years. Just 10 schools made sufficient gains to overcome program-improvement status last year. The numbers of program-improvement schools in Los Angeles Unified has been increasing steadily, with 294 campuses now facing sanctions, officials said. Of those, 111 are in the first year of program improvement, 33 in the second year, 53 are in year three, 18 are in year four and 79 in year five. Program-improvement schools must meet goals for two consecutive years in order to overcome the designation. District officials said two dozen schools are eligible to exit program improvement, which will be determined when API scores are released next year. Seven schools exited program improvement this year, compared with five in 2005-06, six in 2004-05, and 13 in 2003-04. In its report, the Washington-based think tank recommended the federal law be amended to provide more help to struggling schools, including giving them credit for making improvements. naush.boghossian@dailynews.com (818) 713-3722160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

FA Cup round-up: Dramatic injury-time leveller earns non-league Whitehawk replay

first_imgNon-league Whitehawk struck a dramatic injury-time leveller at Dagenham & Redbridge to earn their place in the FA Cup third round draw.Jordan Rose’s late header sparked wild scenes at Victoria Road as the National League South side cancelled out veteran Jamie Cureton’s opener.Whitehawk join Salford City and Eastleigh as the only non-league representatives in the draw when the Premier League sides join the competition.That’s because the dreams of Chesham United and Welling were dashed 4-0 and 5-0 against Bradford City and Carlisle United respectively.Altrincham also succumbed in agonizing circumstances as Carlisle’s Callum Harriott robbed the National League strugglers of a deserved berth in the next round.Harriott scored twice as the League One side nervously saw off their opponents with a 3-2 victory.Meanwhile, there were also wins for Doncaster, Exeter, Oxford United and Peterborough.The draw for the third round will take place on Monday evening at 7pm. Jordan Rose 1last_img read more

HUGE CROWDS EXPECTED TO ATTEND WOODWORK MACHINERY SHOW AT W.H.RAITT

first_imgRobert O’Connor demonstrating expert woodturning today at the exhibition at W.H. Raitt.A section of the large crowd that attended the Robert O’Connor demonstration at W.H. Raitt this morning.Michael and Patrick Callaghan from FESTOOL. Paul Wenlock from Trend at the exhibition earlier this morning. A large crowd is expected to descend on W.H. Raitt this weekend for the Woodwork machinery and woodturning show which kicked off earlier this morning. A big crowd was in attendance for the demonstration by special guest Robert O’Connor from Gorey, Co.Wexford.All exhibitors will have experts on hand daily, offering special prices, and advice on all products.There will also be various demonstrations from each exhibitor, throughout each day.The exhibition continues until 7pm tonight, and kicks-off again tomorrow from 9am to 1pm.   HUGE CROWDS EXPECTED TO ATTEND WOODWORK MACHINERY SHOW AT W.H.RAITT was last modified: August 15th, 2014 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:BusinessexhibitionExhibitorsFeaturesGuestnewsRobert O’ConnorW.H. RaittWoodwork MachineryWoodwork showlast_img read more

DONEGAL SCHOOLS ASKED TO ‘RISE UP’ FOR HISTORICAL SOCIETY COMPETITION

first_imgThe Co. Donegal Historical Society is widening the scope of its schools’ competition in 2016 to coincide with the Rising Centenary Celebrations.The theme will cover life and events of 1916 at local, national and/or international level. These can be purely historical events as well as cultural and general family and regional, community daily life.The format will be in the form of a newspaper. For a class entry it will be an eight page A4 one and for individual entries it will be a four page A4. Photographs and adverts, etc from that era may also be included. Entries in Irish are very welcome and the details of the competition will also be available in Irish.The paper may be produced electronically or the traditional way. Closing date will be some time in April, exact date to be decided.The prize fund will also be increased substantially for this competition.Full details will be sent to schools and also posted on the Society’s website at www.donegalhistory.com early next term. DONEGAL SCHOOLS ASKED TO ‘RISE UP’ FOR HISTORICAL SOCIETY COMPETITION was last modified: January 5th, 2016 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:1916competitionDONEGAL HISTORICAL SOCIETYRisingschoolslast_img read more

GOLF NEWS: PORTSALON GOLF CLUB NOTES

first_imgPortsalon Golf ClubPortsalon Winter Links Captain’s day The Portsalon Winter Links Captain’s Day will be staged at Portsalon Golf course on Saturday 9th March. Winter Links members are reminded to book their tee time for each outing. If you unable to play on the day please ensure that your name is removed for the time sheet, thus allowing someone else to take up a place in this prestigious event.EventsOn Saturday 9nd March its captain’s day for the Winter Links. On Sunday 10th there is a members competition on Wednesday 13th March an open gents competition. There is a full schedule of golf competitions over the St Patricks week end. The events commence on Saturday 16th with a l four ball better ball competition. On St Patricks Day a Ladies and Gents open competition. On Monday 18th a Gents open competition. A time sheet is in operation for all competitions contact 0749159459 or go online to portsalongolfclub.com. Gaeltacht LeagueThe Portsalon Gaeltacht team travelled to Nairn/Portnoo on Saturday last and came away victorious with a five matches to Nairn/Portnoo’s three matches. Best card on the day went to Portsalon’s Eamon Mc Dermott and Tim Browne with 44 points.With one remaining the Portsalon team have 60 points. The match against Rosapenna has been rearranged for Monday 18th March. The Gaeltacht League Captain’s Day will take place at Cloughaneeley Golf course on Saturday 21st April.ResultsThe winner of the open competition played on Wednesday 27th was John P Clarke (20) Letterkenny 42 points, runner up Liam Shovlin (20) Letterkenny 40 points, gross Pascal Cullen (5) 32 points, 3rd Gavin Mackey (28) 40 points. The CSS was 36 points. On Saturday the winner of the open competition was Cathal Canning (8) 39 points, runner up Paul Carr (17) Letterkenny 37 points, gross Dessie Ferry (10) Letterkenny 27 points, 3rd Enda Mc Clafferty (20) Rosapenna 36 points. The CSS was 36 points. On Sunday the winner of the members competition was Pascal Cullen (5) 38 points, runner up Donal Barrett (16) 37 points, gross Eamon Mc Dermott (3) 31 points 3rd Hugh Doherty (18) 37 points. The CSS was 36 points.Otway Captain’s drive inThe Captain of Otway Golf club Paddy Kelly and lady captain Mary Hasson extend an invitation to the members of Portsalon golf club for their official drive in which will be held on Sunday 10th March. There will be two start times at 9 am & 1pm. The captain of Portsalon Joe Harkin wishes both Paddy and Mary every success in their year at Otway golf club.Protect Your Course. Over the past number of weeks concern has been expressed by a number of members at the number of golfers who do not replace their divots. Replacing divots is no more than good golf etiquette. So we should all think of our fellow golfers and replace our divots. In addition all members are encouraged to take a Divot Bag with them on their golfing round and replace the divot with either the mixture or the actual divot. Divot bags are available on entry to the first tee box and also at the 5th & 12th tee boxes.. Please ensure that you pick up a divot bag and assist with the course maintenance. We can all play a part.SympathyThe Captain Joe Harkin, the President Kathleen Mc Cormick and the members of Portsalon Golf Club would like to express their deepest sympathy to the Claire and Dessie Ferry on the recent death of their mother. May she rest in peace.Local Rule-Stakes and Ropes All members and visitors are reminded that a local rule is in operation regarding the identified areas surrounding our greens. This is an action taken to protect the areas surrounding the greens.PlacingMembers and visitors should note that six inch placing on all fairways only was is in operation at Portsalon Golf Club.On Line BookingMembers and visitors to Portsalon Golf Club should note that on line booking is now available for all competitions at Portsalon at the flick of a button go to portsalongolfclub.comGOLF NEWS: PORTSALON GOLF CLUB NOTES was last modified: March 8th, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Portsalon Golf Club Noteslast_img read more

GAA NEWS: MOVILLE SENIOR LADIES EARN IMPRESSIVE WIN OVER MILFORD

first_imgMOVILLE GAA NOTES LOTTOThere was no jackpot winner this week. The winning numbers were 2, 4, 23, 24. The €50 runner-up prize goes to Pat Mellarkey. Next week’s jackpot will be €5,100. Thank you for your continued support. We would like to appeal for more Lotto sellers as it is out main source of income. Please support our club lotto.SENIOR LADIESThe senior ladies had a great win over Milford on Sunday. This was an impressive performance after a disappointing loss to Termon in the championship.The Final game of the league is against St. Eunan’s at home this Wednesday GOOD LUCKBest of luck to the Donegal Minor and Senior teams in the All Ireland semi-final against Dublin this Sunday. It’s a wonderful and memorable occasion for Tony Mc Clenaghan and Ciaran Diver who are part of the Minor panel. Best of luck lads from all at the club.MOVILLE GAA MERCHANDISEThe new club half-zip tops are available; they are priced at €40. Please check out the club’s Facebook page and website for all the latest Moville GAA O’Neills merchandise.All items are currently in stock. Please see Bridget Harkin if you would like to purchase any items. MISCELLANEOUS CLUB NOTESIf you would like to receive the weekly newsletter by email, please send a message to pro.moville.donegal@gaa.ie requesting it.If anyone has any information or photographs that they would like included in the notes, the club website (www.movillegaa.ie) or the club facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/MovilleGAA ) feel free to e-mail it to the following e-mail address: pro.moville.donegal@gaa.ieGAA NEWS: MOVILLE SENIOR LADIES EARN IMPRESSIVE WIN OVER MILFORD was last modified: August 26th, 2014 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:GAAmovilleNoticesSportlast_img read more

Gareth Southgate insists England well prepared for penalties ahead of last 16 clash

first_img 2 Gareth Southgate says his England players will be fully prepared for any penalty shoot-outs in the knockout stages of the 2018 World Cup.The Three Lions will take on Colombia next Tuesday in the last 16, in the clash that offers England the chance to win a first knockout match since 2006. England may have to go the distance against the South Americans, meaning their vulnerability from the spot could become clear once more.The senior team have lost six of their seven penalty shoot-outs at major tournaments – a statistic manager Southgate knows all too well about, having missed his spot-kick in the Euro 96 semi-final against Germany.But the former defender is determined his England side will be better prepared as they prepare for the World Cup knockout phase.“In terms of penalties, we’ve been practising and going through strategies on them since March,” Southgate said after Thursday’s 1-0 group-stage defeat to Belgium.“We’ve done various different studies and had individual practice. Harry Kane has scored two penalties for England at the World Cup 2 Gareth Southgate says England have been preparing for penalties “We’ll obviously go through that in a little more detail now, but it would have been too late to start that now, three days away from a game.“We are aware the margins are going to be really fine in these knockout phases, and we have got to be prepared physically to go to extra-time if needed, mentally to go to extra-time – and to go beyond that if that’s what it takes.”last_img read more

TV shoot a Windfall’ for restaurateur

first_img Joanne Park with NBC publicity said the drama also stars Jason Gedrick. Ruby Gonzales can be reached at (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2718, or by e-mail at ruby.gonzales@sgvn.com.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 Covina police said College Street east of Citrus Avenue was blocked off for the filming. The Cobblestone Tea Cottage on College Street was one of the locations. Owner Jim Earhart said the crew set up three tables behind the store logo. They paid him what the store would earn in a day; about $1,000. He said he makes about $700 to $800 a day. He still paid the employees. “It’s kind of interesting. I hope I see my logo on the TV series,” he said. He was told the crew would only be filming on Monday. “They said they will do more stuff in the season but was kind of hush-hush about it. I’d be happy if it became (like) the Sopranos,’ ” Earhart said, adding that he wants them to keep showing up in town. COVINA — Hollywood came calling Monday. A film crew was in downtown to shoot scenes for an NBC television show starring Luke Perry. “Windfall” is about 20 friends in the Midwest who chip in for the lottery and win, said Donna Gross, one of the location managers for Regency Television. She said they were only filming in town Monday, but may come back on location. Perry wasn’t in town though, she said. Gross said there’s no air date yet for the drama, which is a mid-season replacement. It could air this year or next year.last_img read more

Split of health services delayed

first_imgLos Angeles County supervisors postponed a vote Tuesday on whether to split the Department of Health Services in half to better prepare for threats such as bioterrorism and bird flu, and tackle diabetes, obesity and other existing epidemics. The supervisors voted 4-1 to continue the matter, expressing concerns that a contract outlining the relationship between the two agencies would not be ready until Jan.19. Under the proposal, which faces a final vote after a Feb.7 public hearing, the Public Health portion would become the Department of Public Health and would no longer be a division of the massive Department of Health Services. This would give Public Health Officer Dr. Jonathan E. Fielding greater control over programs to protect the county’s 10million residents, supervisors said. The plan also is designed to create a more efficient public-health system to help officials manage care as the Department of Health Services eyes an $889million shortfall within three years. In recent years, separate public-health departments have been created in New York City, Boston, Houston, Miami and Seattle. “We have epidemics of diabetes, obesity, violence and a whole bunch of things that are serious public health problems,” Fielding said. “And my view is we are going to be more nimble, more flexible if we control priorities in terms of how we hire people, what contracts we approve – the nitty-gritty stuff.” Under the plan, the Department of Health Services would continue to run hospitals and clinics. The new Department of Public Health would still track and treat diseases with prevention programs and awareness campaigns. But it would help safeguard Public Health money from likely cuts to the Department of Health Services budget. The proposal comes more than three decades after Public Health – employing 4,000 people with an annual budget of $650million – was merged with the larger health department, which has a $3.7billion budget and 23,000 employees. If the supervisors are forced to close hospitals and make other cuts in the health department in the coming years, the creation of a separate Public Health Department would help shield it from those cuts. “It means there would be a direct way for the director of public health to talk to the board about issues, as opposed to having a director of DHS – most of whom don’t have a background in public health – making decisions about how much public health should be cut,” Fielding said. Supervisor Gloria Molina, who voted against the plan, said she didn’t see any value in the split. “It seems like a lot of administrative chairs moving around at the top level,” Molina said. “I see a lot of potential problems. There is a turf and territorial situation that goes on. I see no benefit for the public.” troy.anderson@dailynews.com (213)974-8985 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

JOB VACANCIES: DONEGAL NURSING HOME LOOKING TO RECRUIT STAFF

first_imgJOB VACANCIES: A Donegal Nursing Home is looking to recruit staff to become part of their innovative, dynamic and hardworking team. Áras Ghaoth Dobhair Nursing Home are seeking to recruit Staff Nurses for both Part Time and Full Time Positions within the facility.Applicants must be registered with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland. You must be available for both day and night duty and weekend work.Salary is up to €38,000 pro rata.Experience with Care of the Older Person and Dementia Care is desirable but full training will be available.Contact:  Geraldine Coyle, Director of Services,  Áras Ghaoth Dobhair,  Meenanillar, Derrybeg,  Co. Donegal.  I Informal enquiries are welcome.Tel:      074-9560624               Fax:     074-9560931e-mail: gcoyle@arasgaothdobhair.iePostanna Pairt Aimseartha agus Lán AimsearthaIonad Banaltrais Áras Ghaoth Dobhair Caithfidh iarratasóirí  bheith cláraithe leis An Bord Altranais (NMBI).  Caithfidh tú a bheith abalta oibrú de lá agus san oíche agus ag an deireadh seachtaine.  Is é an rata pá bliantúil timpeall €38,000.Déan teagmháil le:   Geraldine Nic Giolla Chomhaill,  Áras Ghaoth Dobhair,  Mín an Iolair,  Na Doire Beaga,  Co. Dhún na nGall.Teil:                 074-9560624                           Faics:               074-9560931e-phost:            gcoyle@arasgaothdobhair.ie JOB VACANCIES: DONEGAL NURSING HOME LOOKING TO RECRUIT STAFF was last modified: June 9th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:jobsnewslast_img read more