A bipartisan Senate bill would revise healthier meal standards put into place over the last few years to give schools more flexibility in what they serve the nation’s schoolchildren, easing requirements on whole grains and delaying an upcoming deadline to cut sodium levels on the lunch line.
A bill speeding through the legislature that would give schools relief from last year’s drop in ISTEP scores won’t offer much protection for the state’s most struggling schools. Senate Bill 200 would shield most schools from serious consequences by barring officials from assigning grades that are lower than the previous year.
Statewide preschool through 12th-grade enrollment in the fall of 2015 increased by 10,106 from last year, bringing the total to 899,112 public school students. The 1.1 percent increase is lower than last year's 1.4 percent increase, or the 1.6 percent increase the year before.
More than half of school-aged children in New York state now live in poverty. A one percent increase on the wealthiest one percent of New York residents could generate $2.4 billion in education funding, more than the estimated $1.7 billion schools need in order to avoid cuts for the 2016-17 school year.
By training more lay persons in CPR, more people will be prepared to intervene and take action until medical professionals arrive. A bill has been introduced that will substantially increase the number of CPR-trained individuals by incorporating basic, compression-only CPR training into the high school curriculum statewide.
Released for iOS, Teacher Tools allows teachers to control student iPads in their classrooms with tools that have previously only been available through the cloud-based teacher console, normally accessed on the teacher’s computer.
Interim School Superintendent Nancy Taylor will be taking the job on a permanent basis. She’s been leading the Massachusetts district since Bonny Gifford left the position last year.
A state group that advocates for charter schools is suing the district, claiming that millions of dollars intended for construction projects have been stripped away without public oversight or accountability. A $450 million bond measure passed by voters in 2008 to be allocated to charter schools was reduced to $224 million.
School leaders are increasingly recognizing that a strong, positive school culture is key for students to experience academic and social success. How to establish that culture and build buy-in from staff and students is often less clear.
The Minneapolis school board dumped Sergio Paez as its choice to lead the district, and a move to offer the job to interim superintendent Michael Goar was put on hold after protesters interrupted the meeting.
District leaders say experienced teachers are retiring at the same time fewer college graduates are choosing to go into education, making it more difficult to fill empty slots in their classrooms.
Let’s Talk!, K12 Insight's cloud-based communications solution, will be implemented statewide by the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction. It will be used to create two-way communications between state education officials and community members, including parents, teachers, students, taxpayers and staff.
The Fulton County Department of Health and Wellness Partnerships to Improve Community Health Program is collaborating with the Georgia school system on new physical education curriculum ideas to be launched this month. The idea is to give students greater opportunities for exercise throughout the school day.
Christopher Malone, assistant superintendent of Revere Public Schools, will be the next superintendent in Tewksbury. He will succeed current Superintendent John O'Connor, who will leave Tewksbury when his contract expires at the end of the school year.
It's unlikely the Wisconsin Assembly will pass a bill this session that would allow concealed carry permit holders to carry weapons on school grounds. In addition to the bill being introduced late in the session, Assembly Speaker Robin Vos said there's not an outpouring of support for it throughout the state.