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Magazine article Times Educational Supplement

News at a Glance: News

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Judge delays release of US teacher ratings

The performance ratings of a group of US schoolteachers will be kept under wraps until a legal battle is resolved. A judge has ruled that the ratings for individual teachers in the Los Angeles Unified School District will remain confidential until an appeal has taken place against a previous ruling that they should be released to a local newspaper. In court, the district argued that "immediate release of the scores will cause irreparable harm to privacy rights, and that harm dramatically outweighs any prejudice or inconvenience that might be caused by a brief delay in public release of the records".

Minister calls on educators to tackle cyberbullying

Teachers should do more to tackle the "viciousness" and "cruelty" that leads to teenage cyberbullying, England's education secretary Michael Gove said this week. He argued that although technology companies need to take responsibility for posts on their websites, schools should also address the issue. "It's certainly the case (that) the internet creates a new arena where bullying can take place but ... when it comes to tackling bullying, it's not just fixing the technology, it's fixing what's in people's hearts," he said after giving a speech.

Britain is 'sleepwalking into social apartheid'

Britain could "sleepwalk" into a "state of social apartheid" if more is not done to tackle child poverty, the chief executive of the National Children's Bureau has said. Hilary Emery spoke out as the body published a report calling for urgent action on poverty, which results in children falling behind their peers at school. …

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