With just a few weeks before school opens, Baltimore city and county school systems still have several hundred vacancies for teachers. Despite the large number of vacancies, school officials in both the city and county said they expect to be nearly fully staffed by the time school opens.
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.
The Texas school district's board chose Dan Troxell as their top choice for superintendent. Troxell has led the 5,000-student Kerrville school district for the past 14 years. Leander ISD, a 37,000-student district, is more than seven times the size of his current district.
The Michigan district's board of education voted to offer the superintendent’s position to Jeffrey Leslie, principal of Edwardsburg High School and one of the four finalists selected by the board from an original pool of 47 candidates. He will succeed Mark Westerburg, who resigned in March to accept a new position in California.
The revised law, of course, serves as no guarantee that a teacher or other school employee who has a clean record won't victimize a child. But at least it will make it more difficult for would-be school employees with blemished records to get jobs in Indiana.
Pennsylvania’s fiscal watchdog questioned millions of public dollars paid to charter school landlords and called for the state to more closely monitor such lease payments. Ties found between the schools and their property owners could contradict state guidelines that deem buildings owned by a charter school ineligible for lease reimbursement.
Virtually all teachers wind up paying out of pocket for supplies with an average of nearly $500 last year, and one in 10 spent $1,000 or more, claims the Education Market Association. All told, a total of $1.6 billion in school supply costs is shifted from parents—or, increasingly, from cash-strapped districts—onto teachers themselves.
The Pathbrite digital portfolio app has been integrated into MindTap, Cengage Learning's flagship learning platform. Automatically available to more than one million MindTap users this fall, the integration grants current students free lifetime access to a Pathbrite digital portfolio.