Those who exploit the sick time benefit harm their students. A good approach would be to identify educators who have chronic attendance issues and closely monitor their absenteeism and performance. Increased oversight might help deter abuse, as would disciplinary policies that give school leaders the power to deal with habitual no-shows.
The state is ditching the controversial state Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) exam for high school students, instead giving 11th-graders a state-paid SAT college entrance exam next spring. Still, third- through eighth-graders will continue taking the PARCC in reading and math.
Mentoring programs make a big impact right where it counts with the opportunity gap. Youth who graduate from them overwhelmingly break the cycle of poverty and substance abuse plaguing marginalized communities, amounting to a 3:1 return on investment by preventing the need for costly social and criminal justice services.
The current interim superintendent of the Bentonville School District, Debbie Jones, has been selected to permanently lead the Arkansas district. She was picked from 53 applicants, and a total of nine finalists.
The Ultra experience, which is deployed via software as a service, features streamlined workflows, personalized user experience and mobile-first design for Blackboard Learn. Enhancements to the Blackboard Learn Original experience also include a new theme based on Blackboard Learn Ultra's design.
The annual anxiety-inducing lottery for District of Columbia Public Schools' public and charter schools can be a headache for parents. But for public policy researchers, it’s proving to be a data gold mine, providing information on what parents value most in schools and what factors influence their decisions about where to send their children.
The Adena Local Schools' board of education has hired John Balzer, currently the assistant superintendent of Jackson City Schools, as its new superintendent. He will replace outgoing Superintendent Pete Ruby, who is starting a new position with Huntington Local School District.
The state's largest charter school, the Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow, lost an attempt in court to block a state audit of its attendance and state funding that the school says threatens its ability to survive. At issue is the amount of time that the school's 15,000 students spend logged on for classes and doing other schoolwork offline.
Keeping information fresh and up to date in a quickly moving world is one of the biggest reasons districts are starting to get more serious about the power of teacher-created open resources. Districts typically adopt new textbooks on a five-year cycle. At that point, some of the information is outdated.
The Georgia Association of Educators, the Georgia AFL-CIO, Better Georgia, the Concerned Black Clergy of Metro Atlanta and a half-dozen other organizations opposing Gov. Nathan Deal’s school takeover plan forged a united campaign aimed at defeating the constitutional amendment in November
Evo SEL 2.0 adds a new look, streamlined functions for administrators and educators, expanded intervention strategies, and improved efficiency for screening students for social and emotional competencies.
A festering dispute over the state’s 13 cyber schools, their funding and students’ sagging test scores is reigniting in Harrisburg. A proposal tacked onto an annual education budget bill alters the formula for how much local school districts pay to the virtual campuses, and how online schools are managed.
General Mills Foodservice is removing artificial flavors and colors from artificial sources from its line of Pillsbury hot breakfast items for schools, including Mini Pancakes, Mini Bagels, Frudel and Mini Cinnis. Mini French Toast and Mini Waffles will be shipping to distributors in early November.
This fall, a traveling mobile lab will start making appearances at middle schools in the Omaha Public Schools system. It’s part of a well-designed initiative to strengthen Nebraska’s talent pipeline for advanced manufacturing. Maintaining U.S. manufacturing strength means having workers with a command of high-level math and computer software.
The Texas district named Wade Stanford as the lone finalist for the superintendent of schools position. He is currently the assistant superintendent of administrative operations at Marble Falls ISD.