The classroom should not be a stage for a power struggle between student and teacher. What happened to respect? We need to speak up and bring it back. Teachers, or anyone for that matter, don’t deserve rude treatment like this.
Indiana lawmakers are rewriting their state's graduation requirements. They want to make the path to a diploma more challenging and the diploma itself more valuable. Changes could include requiring students to take more math credits and a broader range of electives. Concerns are being raised that some kids simply wouldn't be able to meet the new requirements.
The plan to distribute devices to all Baltimore County school children is an ill-conceived idea. It's tempting to think of technology as a silver bullet for education problems but kids already spend enough time on digital devices. There are smarter ways to spend $205 million, like directing it to smaller class sizes, better teacher training and salaries, or building maintenance.
California school facilities are underfunded, and that’s putting more stress on the budgets of districts serving low-income students. Voters have approved $35 billion in statewide bonds since 1998 for school buildings. Now, that fund is empty. Poorer districts fell behind when compared to wealthier districts, and paid more out of their general budgets for maintenance.
With the 2016 session of the Iowa General Assembly rapidly approaching, a committee of lawmakers will meet this week to continue a study on inequities in the state’s school finance system, with a tentative agenda looking at transportation, district cost per pupil, property tax and at-risk funding.
Substitute teachers have long been the Rodney Dangerfields of the education system. That’s unfortunate, because substitute teachers play an important role of continuing education when regular teachers are out. And many substitutes are talented individuals. The best of them can build an effective educational bridge, carrying out lesson plans and moving students forward.
Serving more than 6,000 students, the Texas district recently moved its Workforce Central solution to the Kronos Cloud to minimize time and resources associated with managing incremental software upgrades.
One of the concerns is that perhaps including all 11 schools for the Maryland school district's system was not the most efficient way to do things with other schools coming online in the next couple of years.
Operating with newly relaxed academic grade eligibility requirements for student athletes, South Bend Community School Corp. required just 15 high school students to take part in school-sponsored tutoring to remain eligible for their respective sports. The new policy allows freshmen, sophomores and juniors to participate with grade-point averages of 1.5, 1.67 and 1.85 respectively
Achieve3000 has released a new digital dashboard called Leadership Edition, which gives school and district leaders access to key metrics such as student usage, performance, and progress towards college and career readiness.
Modern Teacher's technology adoption methodology will focus on Washtenaw ISD's entire school system and its interrelated parts to help the Michigan district as it integrates new technology.
Despite a committee vote to return to semester scheduling, the Michigan district's superintendent decided to keep the trimester model due to positive impacts on teaching and learning. Some thought the 8,000-student district might need to switch back to increase the number of hours of core subject instruction to better prepare students for new high school state assessments.
The Foundation for Newark's Future has pledged $1.2 million to help plan the South Ward Community Schools Initiative and the Newark Opportunity Youth Network (NOYN)—a separate program aimed at steering dropouts toward obtaining a diploma. The foundation has also tentatively pledged another $10 million to community schools and $2.5 million to NOYN.
Aptakisic-Tripp Elementary District 102 has selected Lori Wilcox to succeed Superintendent Theresa Dunkin as the district's next superintendent. Wilcox's current position is assistant superintendent for growth, talent and human relations in Lake Forest School Districts 67 and 115.
The Washington Supreme Court did give some thought to September’s ruling that deemed unconstitutional the state’s voter-approved charter school law. But the thought process didn’t go far enough, and the Legislature needs to step in and make the charter school setup comply with the court’s wishes.