During the school year, 30.3 million children receive free or reduced-price lunches at their public schools. But in the summer, only 2.6 million of those students receive a free or reduced lunch. When school is out, free lunches are only offered at select locations through each school district.
A Maryland panel reviewing how to reduce school testing practices has released its final report. One suggestion is for local school systems to create district committees on assessments to review all local mandated assessments and propose testing reductions to their school boards.
The new federal education law also includes additional testing provisions aimed at prodding states and districts to limit the number of exams they administer on top of the federal annual requirements, especially those that are duplicative or of low quality.
Two months after withdrawing his candidacy for the top job in another district, Santa Fe Public Schools Superintendent Joel Boyd is resigning after four years in office to become senior vice president for an educational software company.
New York City's public school classes are bigger than ever—with younger students bearing the brunt of the overcrowding, a new analysis of city Education Department data shows. Class sizes in all grades also exceeded limits established by the city under 2007 state law.
At least 92 charter schools, or 15 percent, showed deficits, the latest Auditor General report on charter school financial trends shows. That’s up from 13 percent the year before. Florida operates 642 charter schools, serving 250,000 students. Only 623 charter schools submitted audits; most of the 20 others without audits closed.
The new version of Moodlerooms 3.0 includes streamlined course editing and tagging, new dynamic and interactive question types, a one-step plugin function, and the recent Mahara 15.10 ePortfolio and social networks management capabilities.
Christina Goennier has been selected as the new Bonita USD superintendent for La Verne and San Dimas' public schools. She comes from Beaumont USD, where she most recently served as assistant superintendent of instruction.
As the nation’s schools devise plans for responding effectively to critical incidents on campus, the spotlight is now on how school districts are managing crises, emergencies, disasters, terrorism threats and active shooters. In many cases, these districts are looking to the schools that have “been there” for examples of what to do when incidents occur.
Formerly BuzzMob, the newly released Appletree gives elementary school educators a toolbox of features to help them establish a consistent line of communication with parents, including classwide updates, direct messaging, progress reports and a fully integrated calendar. It is now available on iOS, Android, and web.
Poetry deserves a much more active role for students from kindergarten through twelfth grade. How can a student even be interested in something that they’ve not been properly exposed to? Reading and analyzing poetry is an excellent way to build vocabulary, improve reading comprehension and expose the reader to diverse and complex sentence structures.
All eyes have been on Detroit Public Schools and its glaring debt problems. But a broader solution is needed for other ailing public schools around Michigan. That solution should include a clearer framework for how to handle districts that have lost so many students it no longer makes sense for them to exist.
Texas and 12 other states asked a federal judge to block the White House administration’s directive on transgender students before the school year begins in late August.
For all its kaleidoscopic diversity, New York City has one of the most segregated school systems in the country, with divisions created and reinforced by decades of policy decisions. But over the past year, some areas of the system have begun experimenting with ways to desegregate, if not by the color of children’s skin, at least by their families’ wealth.
With shy kids, it's not just about paying attention to them. Teachers need to think about why they're quiet. By understanding how to reach introverts, teachers can get at those other issues. Because if they don't start to look past the students with their hands up, we will miss out on a lot of brilliant ideas.