Marion Herbert

Marion joined the District Administration team as associate editor in November 2009 on the heels of graduating from Marist College where she studied journalism and political science. When not writing about herself in the third person, Marion enjoys travel, kickball, nearly any TV show on the Bravo channel, and—as of recent years—K-12 education news. Follow her blog to read insights and commentary from industry events and news in public education. At a time when school districts are pushing bold reforms while simultaneously grappling with fiscal hardships, Marion feels privileged to have the opportunity to report on their journey every step of the way.

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Articles by Marion Herbert

District Administration, June 2012

Daniela Pelaez, DREAM Act
One student's plight propels the DREAM Act forward.
La. Democratic State Rep. John Bel Edwards
New bill will allow low-and middle-income students attending Louisiana low-performing public schools to receive state-funded vouchers.
Texas State Board of Education, Cargill
The 2011-2012 school year marked the first time in decades that Texas school districts could purchase instructional materials without approval by the state board of education.

District Administration, May 2012

Thomas Built Buses, Kansas City (Kan.)
How Kansas City Schools partnered with its city to purchase 47 clean energy buses.
Pets in the Classroom
Pets in the Classroom aims to foster healthy pet-child relationships in students in elementary and middle school.
School Improvement Grants
The $3.5 billion in School Improvement Grants will run out by the end of the 2012-2013 school year.
E2 Petition, Anthony Delmedico
There’s a new petition for legislators on the hill and it appeals for entrepreneurial lessons to be taught in the classroom.
U.S. Federal Communications Commission Chair Julius Genachowski
The Leading Education by Advancing Digital (LEAD) Commission will create an outline for schools for how they can implement technology and find funding.
Conn. Gov. Dannel Malloy, education reform
Gov. Dannel Malloy proposed a sweeping education reform bill calling 2012 “the year of education” in Connecticut.

District Administration, April 2012

Student Success Act
When H.R. 3989, the Student Success Act, reached the House floor in late February, the controversy surrounding it followed.
One Colorado district adopted a software system that details the ingredients of every meal served at every school.
District says that its intent was to abide by the guidelines set forth by the Children’s Internet Protection Act.
Arne Duncan, RESPECT, teachers
Duncan announces a new competitive grant to show teachers a little respect.
Learn how to start tweeting today.
How administrators can sift through the noise to find their voice on Twitter and refine their personal learning network.
A fire caused by spontaneous combustion destroyed South Bay Elementary School in West Babylon (N.Y.) on Feb. 18, 2010.
West Babylon (N.Y.) Union Free School District school was set ablaze while the gym floor was being refinished on the final day of the school’s winter vacation.
Students at the Marine Science Magnet High School in Groton, Conn. can walk on a boardwalk through a pond and marsh.
Includes a first-of-its-kind ship simulator for learning how to navigate ships in ports.

District Administration, March 2012

Offering incentives to high school students to complete their courses early is an idea popping up around the country.
Tucson Unified School District under fire for ethnic studies courses.
The FCC released plans to get all U.S. students, from kindergarten through the 12th grade, using electronic book titles by 2017—in five years.
Although touchscreen tablets work well as personalized tools, they cannot be a replacement for interactive whiteboards, which help autistic students with social learning in a group setting.
Communities, not schools, fund the New Tech Network.