Private schools win legal fight over charity status

Private schools on Friday won a long-running legal battle with the Charity Commission over what schools must do to justify their charitable status, the AFP reports. The Independent Schools Council (ISC), an umbrella body representing more than 1,000 schools, had challenged tighter rules affecting how private schools qualify for the status, which comes with tax breaks. The changes, introduced in 2006, meant private schools in England and Wales had to prove they benefit children who cannot afford their fees in order to keep their charitable status…

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Students find ways to thwart Facebook bans

Banning Facebook at school? Ha! When Thom McKay realized that his son had figured out how to get on the social networking site even though his New Jersey middle school had blocked it, he asked the boy in astonishment how he had done it, the New York Times reports.

“Pretty easy, Dad,” his son retorted. “Don’t be an idiot. We know more about computers than the teachers do.”

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