State education commissioner's order came in response to concerns that staff at some districts had been using Aikido method to physically restrain students. It also follows concerns raised by members of a state oversight panel on child abuse that the method can result in injuries including broken bones.
Education Secretary John King said in July that schools where fewer than 95 percent of students take the tests should be labeled as low-performing and possibly face fines or even a takeover. Groups, including the New York State Council of School Superintendents, say the sanctions are a terrible idea
Reversing a five-year period of fiscal austerity, Gov. Rick Scott and the Florida Cabinet this week unanimously agreed to borrow $285 million over the next few years to build and maintain facilities for state universities, colleges and public schools.
According to a Gallup poll of high-school students, the No. 1 measure of college success is a sense of hope for the future. How can America’s students feel hope for the future when they are so stressed from trying to achieve future success that they break down in tears?
Nothing stirs passions quite like the debate over the Chinese school system. Critics say it is a test-obsessed bureaucracy that produces students who excel at reciting facts but not much else. Others argue that it is equipping children with exceptionally strong skills, particularly in math and science.
South Carolina's 'disturbing schools' law empowers school-assigned police officers to arrest hundreds of South Carolina students every year for the kind of adolescent misbehavior that in years past would have warranted a trip to the principal's office or a brief suspension.
The teachers being laid off will be eligible to apply for jobs in the district, which has about 1,000 teaching vacancies, officials said. The majority of affected personnel are expected to be hired into open positions at other schools.
Finland achieved its success by breaking what are considered the customary rules of education. Finnish children do not begin school until the age of seven. School days are shorter and classes are fewer. Homework is minimal. There are no mandated standardized tests. There are no rankings, comparisons or competition between students, schools or regions.
Winchester Acquisition Corp. has completed its acquisition of Higher One Holdings, Inc. The acquisition will allow for collaboration with CASHNet, a market software company focused on secure online payment of tuition and fees, and the Blackboard Transact business line.
Child welfare officials received nearly 340 reports of suspicious incidents involving employees of the Montgomery County school system during the most recent academic year as the school district stepped up its efforts to protect against child abuse. The vast majority of the reports spurred official action, including retraining, employee conferences or disciplinary measures.
The Minnesota Supreme Court ruled that a high school student who accidentally brought a pocketknife to school shouldn’t have been expelled. The court said that, under the Pupil Fair Dismissal Act, a school district can only dismiss a student on the basis of “willful violation” if the student deliberately and intentionally violates the policy.
The Ascension Parish School Board approved a contract for David Alexander to serve as superintendent of Ascension Public Schools. Alexander served as director of secondary education for the Louisiana district before retiring in January after 31 years in education.
Ideaphora launched its online concept mapping environment for individual use for educators and learners—from elementary to college level—to use open education resources and other digital content in ways that are immersive, effective and personalized.
Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow, Ohio's largest online charter school, has taken a dispute with state education officials over access to attendance records to the courts and the airwaves, raising questions among critics over the use of taxpayer funds to fight state regulators.
After six years of planning, a challenge in court and a volley of appeals, Pennsylvania's first public charter school for children with dyslexia opened. The school initially will be able to enroll up to 96 students and will offer third and fourth grades in the first year with plans to serve second through eighth grades by 2021.