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Educator Stock Options

A private company hoping to make a profit from running public schools recently announced it will provide stock options for teachers.

The Edison Project, a New York-based company operating 51 schools nationwide, promised options to 90 staff members at Reeves Elementary School in Miami and says it plans to do so for all other Edison schools. Though Edison executives acknowledge the stock may not be worth much now, they predicted financial rewards will increase in a few years.

Under the Edison option plan, Reeves teachers will be able to buy shares at a set price that is yet to be determined after Edison stock goes public. Teachers will be allowed to buy 20 percent of their allotted shares each year for five years.

Edison executives also plan to sell stock to the public in the next two or three years.

Minnesota's New Tag team

In Minnesota, "The Body" is the new governor and "The Teacher" is his lieutenant.

Surprise winner and former professional wrestler Jesse "The Body" Ventura plans to essentially leave his state's education agenda up to Lt. Gov. Mae Schunk, a teacher of 36 years who has no prior political experience.

Schunk, 64, has served as a schoolwide enrichment specialist, curriculum specialist, assistant principal and teacher, and has helped develop curricula for magnet schools.

Part of Ventura and Schunk's plan to improve public education includes encouraging more school and community partnerships to provide volunteer tutoring, mentorships, internships and school-to-work programs. It also calls for students participating in community service programs to receive academic credit and for improving math and science achievement through problem solving in real-life learning experiences.

Ventura, who says he now just wants to be called "governor," also wants to foster more university-business partnerships.

Tech Ed Is on the Hot Track

One of the hottest jobs in education right now is technical education teacher, according to the U.S. News & World Report's recent "Best Jobs for the Future" issue.

"Shop class is no longer just building tie racks. The subject now covers electronics and computers," says the magazine's career guide.

Technical jobs, such as Web specialist in advertising, technical writer in communications and information technology consultant, also made the career cut.

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