It's about treating teachers as professionals, more like doctors and lawyers, not micromanaging their activities, blaming them for the failings of the larger society and testing everyone so much. Teachers have a right to a more realistic expectation of what their job should be, and of what resources and respect they will need.
Federal Way Public Schools, a district with over 22,000 students, integrated Synergy Learning Management's LessonVUE Curriculum Management solution in its systems to centralize and organize curriculum, content and assessments. The student and learning management solution connects within a gradebook with single work locations and a single login.
Washington state voters were showing strong support for two school levies totaling more than $1 billion. In Seattle, 71 percent of voters supported the three-year, $758.3 million operations levy, and 70 percent supported the $475.3 million capital levy. A large portion would go toward renovating and opening three elementary schools.
A Utah senator is hoping to improve academic achievement for some of Utah's most at-risk students. The bill would provide an ongoing appropriation of $500,000 from the education fund to create after-school programs in areas where school attendance, graduation rates or student test scores are suffering.
A tightly restricted school financing mechanism could be loosened if a state house bill is passed, freeing up cash for expenses like technology and building security. And potentially saving taxpayer dollars. The House bill would broaden the scope of what sinking fund dollars can be spent on.
The Florida House has moved forward with a proposal to reduce the cost of school construction and steer more dollars to charter schools. But over the objection of superintendents, the House Appropriations Committee approved the bill. But it could face challenges in the Senate.
The Hollister School District has added new card access technology from Nedap Identification Systems. The addition of the RFID technology prevents unauthorized individuals from entering city schools and offers long range vehicle access readers and tags for school buses.
Many of the districts that shifted to the four-day schedule did so initially for budget reasons, though there’s little evidence that four-day weeks generate real savings. There are also the studies showing that shorter weeks can improve academic outcomes.
The Florida district's school board agreed to ease the district's discipline policies by cutting the number of days a student can be suspended out of school and no longer deducting from their grades on make-up work.
The Marysville School Board has decided to ask voters to pass a $230 million construction bond in April to build five new schools and provide major fixes to all of the others.
We've operated schools as if they were industrial factories, with teaching and learning practices that mimic assembly-line and batch-processing manufacturing.Rather than a top-down, one-size-fits-all approach to education, schools need student-centered strategies so students take ownership of their learning, which is more personalized, competency-based and flexible.
A constitutional amendment that would set up a statewide entity with the power to approve charter schools anywhere in Florida—bypassing local school districts—is headed to the House floor, along with a bill that would allow parents to send their children to any unfilled schools in the state.
The new resolution directs school staff members not to let any federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents enter school campuses or to provide them with student data without clearance. ICE officials who have any reason to be on campus can visit schools only after their requests have been cleared by the superintendent and district lawyers.
The Atlantic County School District recently installed a solar power system in its Atlantic County Special Services School with Altus Power America. With another install at the Atlantic County Institute of Technology, the combined two systems are expected to produce over 800,000 kWh of electricity annually and offset about 550 metric tons of carbon dioxide.
The Assembly's Education Committee passed a controversial amendment that would alter the way the state funds voucher schools serving students outside of Milwaukee, a proposal that the Legislative Fiscal Bureau says could cost public schools at least $14 million in 2016-17.