After conducting a nationwide search, officials looking for someone to oversee Tennessee’s state-run turnaround school district landed close to home. Malika Anderson, currently Achievement School District’s No. 2 official, will assume the role at the end of 2015.
Superintendent Larry Nyland asked for the delay, saying a required environmental impact statement on the matter wasn’t finished in time to allow for a seven-day review. Under the proposal, all high schools and most middle schools would begin at 8:45 a.m. starting next fall, almost an hour later than they do now.
Throwing almost half the state budget at K12 public schools without accountability hasn’t moved the student performance needle; newer targeted programs like Reads to Lead, combined with accountability measures including A-F school grades, teacher evaluations tied to student improvement, and real consequences for students already have.
Following complaints and outrage about $71 million in grants for Ohio charter schools, the U.S. Department of Education has instructed the state that it gets to keep the money—$32.6 million the first year followed by subsequent awards in years following—but it can’t use it right away. And, the federal department will be watching.
The Conroe ISD is moving ahead on new school construction projects now that voters have approved a $487 million bond proposal during the elections. The district expects to spend $141.5 million on its first project, a new high school in time for the 2018-19 school year.
The details of the New York district’s redseign plan to overhaul underachieving schools include career-oriented “boutique” schools in strategic spots across the city and anchored by support from community businesses and organizations.
School districts statewide saw a slight downward trend in School Performance Profile scores. But only high schools were included in the third year of the state-mandated school assessments, with the focus shifting to end-of-course Keystone exams for secondary students.
Staffed with an occupational therapist certified in sensory integration, a physical therapist and children’s individual aides, the New Jersey elementary school’s sensory room helps settle and focus children with special needs such as autism, attention deficit disorder, developmental or intellectual delays, anxiety, and learning and behavioral problems.
For the second year, the Florida Regional Consortium Program will provide digital literacy and digital content solutions to state rural school districts through several consortiums at no cost. The program was developed through a partnership with Learning.com and the Florida Department of Education.
The district is facing a looming, long-term deficit that could force the system into bankruptcy, a panel of experts has concluded. The group said that LAUSD will face a budget deficit of $333 million in the 2017-18 school year, an additional $450 million the following year and $600 million more the year after that.
EA SPORTS, the NFL Players Association and Discovery Education have teamed up for a national educational program that taps into children’s excitement about football and video games to engage students in grades 5-9 with science and math content.
A tally by the Minnesota School Boards Association shows 47 out of 52 districts passed operating levies, while 23 out of 37 passed measures to build new schools or make facility improvements. The big winners included the Rosemount-Apple Valley-Eagan district, where voters approved a $180 million levy.
In Newark, there is no question that public schools needed reform. Despite substantial court-ordered state funding and direct state control of public education, over the years weak schools far outnumbered good schools. Newark's reform effort yielded little because it was a top-down effort that didn't address poverty and included little consultation with parents and teachers.
ASD Reading is a research-based method for teaching children with Autism Spectrum Disorder to read, write and comprehend. The program, which had previously been in beta, has now been made available to everyone at www.ASDReading.com.
Punishment does not work best with challenging students with stresses and emotional issues that many of us cannot begin to understand. They need extra support. Extra counselors, tutors to help them catch up with their school work and coaching to develop ways to cope with their personal challenges have been shown to make a difference.