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'GET OVER IT': Ridgewood High School special education teacher Nichole Shuler doesn't let her students use their disabilities as a crutch. She just looks at them and says, "Get over it. I have one, too." Shuler has refused to allow severe cerebral palsy stop her from achieving her dream of teaching. Now she seeks to inspire her students to achieve. To read Shuler's story, click here. To watch a student's video profile of Shuler, click here.

LOCK THE MEDICINE CABINET: You might be helping your own kids get high. School resource officers notice a growing number of students abusing nonprescription drugs such as Coricidin HBP

FROM THE OP/ED PAGE: As charter schooling becomes an industry, the state has an obligation to monitor them and hold them accountable, the editorial board says. And, the cut-and-paste world of the Internet has dramatically changed education, making it harder to test what students actually know, former teacher Jason Johnson writes.

NO MORE CASH:  The Game of Life goes plastic, including a branded Visa card instead of all that fake colored money. Folks who focus on teaching kids about finances fret that the change will give preteens a credit-card mentality, LA Times finance columnist Kathy Kristof writes.

NOT EASY TO BE AMAZING: Girls seek to be high achieving, ambitious, confident and involved, yet sometimes feel that's still not enough as they try to get into college, the New York Times reports.

[Last modified: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 9:15am]


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