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, Jul 2011

In just the first six months of 2011, 10 states and the District of Columbia have passed legislation supporting school voucher or scholarship tax credit programs.
Rosa Parks Elementary
In Oregon alone, at least 300,000 children attend school buildings that are vulnerable to a collapse.
The 500 preK-5 students at Brooklyn, N.Y.'s P.S. 216 elementary school are the first students in the city to experience an Edible Schoolyard program.
President Bush
Educators wonder what NCLB provisions will be lifted, what reform models districts will have to comply with, and whether relief will be approved before the start of school.
teacher with students
This summer, the U.S. Department of Education has teamed up with the Department of Health and Human Services to invest in early childhood learning.

District Administration, June 2011

Unions around the country are fearing their collective bargaining rights will too be taken away.
Will a standards-based system raise student achievement in this district?
The U.S. Department of Education has launched a new initiative to safeguarding student records.
Arts education can increase student achievement and improve behavior for at-risk students, according to one study.
Failure Is Not an Option is not just the title of a best-selling book; it's a mantra for many high-performing districts.
Texas district will open the largest net-zero middle school in the nation.
Department of Education launches Green Ribbon Schools program.

District Administration, May 2011

The Gloria Marshall Elementary School
The new Gloria Marshall Elementary School, opening this fall in Texas, will sport an aquatic pond, a butterfly garden, an above-ground cistern and a wind turbine.
A new teacher performance model will evaluate lesson plans, grade books, assignments and class videos to both assess teachers and improve teacher licensure programs.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced that it will be expanding the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program.
Saint Paul (Minn.) Superintendent Valeria Silva
Superintendent Valeria Silva, Saint Paul (Minn.) Public Schools
Roughly 82 percent of schools will face sanctions for failing to make AYP under the current regulations of NCLB.
U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan has urged more inclusion in the classroom and an end to the “2 percent rule,” which disguises the performance of students with special needs to boost a school’s scores.
The Connect All Schools Initiative has an ambitious goal: To link all schools internationally by 2016.
The D.C. Opportunity Scholarship Program has become a ghost town since the Obama administration began phasing out the controversial voucher program. It has seen signs of a revival, however.

District Administration, Apr 2011

Departments of education at the state level with high-quality longitudinal data systems in place have doubled within the last year.
Memphis (Tenn.) City Schools will forfeit its charter after a landmark vote in the city on March 8 mandated the district allow Shelby County—its neighboring suburban district—to regain control of its school system.