News Update

Year-round schooling gains popularity

The number of public, year-round schools—also called “balanced-calendar” schools—increased by 26 percent from 2007 to 2012

A patchwork of homeschool policies

The lines between homeschooling and the public ed system are beginning to blur

Teacher shortage at ‘crisis’ levels

Salaries remain low, public school funding is down and some states have eliminated tenure protections

Report: 30 percent of districts lack anti-bullying policy

Every state in the country now has an anti-bullying law, but the regulations vary widely

More free, healthy meals in Baltimore schools

Federal program allows schools with high poverty rates to replace traditional, tiered-price meal programs

5 states pass citizenship test requirement

5 other states have rejected the proposal

Rural educators rely on guns to protect schools

Organizations such as the National Association of Secondary School Principals recommend districts hire a school resource officer instead of arming staff members

Teaching diversity in Arizona’s wealthiest district

Scottsdale USD tries to build bonds between its high schools and middle schools

Lawsuit questions district's handling of trauma

Compton USD sued over alleged treatment of students who'd witnessed violence

Net-zero schools save big on energy costs

A net-zero building produces more energy than it consumes within the course of a year