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.

To contact Marion, email her at mherbert@edmediagroup.com.

Articles by Marion Herbert

District Administration, Apr 2011

A nationwide survey of forty-two states and the District of Columbia examined how states are using the $3.5 billion in School Improvement Grants.
The Software and Information Industry Association has released Don't Copy That 2, which includes a rap video and classroom resources to discuss online copyright infringement, piracy and how to become a responsible digital citizen.
Bed bugs are a continuing problem in urban districts across the country.

District Administration, Mar 2011

Botnets infiltrate computers and take advantage of the affected computers’ Web browser vulnerabilities while spreading spam and viruses.
How one district uses snow days to extend the school day and online learning opportunities for their students.
New study shows that per-pupil spending as nearly tripled over the last 40 years. While some states have shown improvements in student achievement, others have remained stagnant.
Districts are continuing to face many challenges in filing for reimbursement for the Medicaid services they provide to students.
If you think your district needs further preparation to implement the common core state standards (CCSS), you're not alone.
Study finds that changes in friendships while students transition from elementary school into the middle school years may trigger a student's academic success or defeat.

District Administration, Feb 2011

Through strategic planning and clever financial reconfiguring, Superintendent William Skilling of Oxford (Mich.) Community Schools is internationalizing education.
The Common Core State Standards are raising the bar for special education students.
Some districts are finding that whether or not to include religious holidays on the academic calendar should be determined by what works best for each individual community.
Lee's Summit (Mo.) R-7 School District has become the first district in the United States to operate an all-electric distribution fleet.
A new nonprofit organization plans to develop a set of best practices for the development of K12 content, tools and assessments hosted in the cloud.
In December, the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Safe and Drug-Free Schools gave $50,000 each to three districts recovering from multiple student suicides.

District Administration, Jan 2011

A decade since it last did so, the American Association of School Administrators (AASA) has again revealed the ever-changing characteristics of school administrators.
Many language advocates are hoping to see the Elementary and Secondary Education Act promptly picked up by the 112th Congress in January—with the Excellence and Innovation in Language Learning Act included.
The United States remained just average in reading and science, while lagging a bit in mathematics, according to the Program for International Student Assessment (PISA) results.
New white paper from CoSN explains how K12 IT departments have evolved and where they will be a decade from now.
Under the Higher Education Act of 2008, all higher education institutions are required to post a net-price calculator on their Web site by October 2011.
Alfie Kohn, renowned author, speaker, and progressive education advocate, continues his fight against traditional classroom teaching in Feel-Bad Education.

District Administration, Nov 2010

Project RED (Revolutionizing Education), an alliance of technology education leaders from across the nation, released its findings on Oct. 20 after studying how technology is implemented in nearly 1,000 schools. DA spoke with the Project RED president and CEO of the Hayes Connection, Jeanne Hayes.

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