Morning Round-up December 14, 2006

Irvine parents settle claim over gifts to educators LAT
A couple who contended they were forced to spend $100,000 in gifts on school employees to ensure proper care for their autistic son have settled a claim against the Irvine Unified School District, according to a district spokesman and the family's attorney.

Special-Ed Changes To Get Trial Run
The pilot program, called hours-based staffing, is part of an urgent effort around the region to rethink special education, or risk widespread failure under the federal mandate.

More generous Congress could do much more for schools
Mercury News
It should use, as a model, the Academic Competitiveness Grants that the Bush administration proposed and Congress approved this year.


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