Grand Rapids Public Schools, which has its own public safety department, decided not to participate in a $1 million school resource officer grant that would have put eight police officers in public and faith-based schools. The district said parent feedback was one of the factors in that decision.
The South Carolina school district has removed the interim superintendent tag for Jesse Washington III and promoted him to the position full time. He has been with the district since 2011 as chief human resources officer.
The state's graduation rate failed to improve last year, and the dropout rate increased for the first time in nine years. Public school officials aren't sure why.
Montana lacks both the framework for equitable distribution of funds for school facilities and a dedicated, consistent source of state funding. Local districts should have a mechanism for carrying over funds to accumulate in a maintenance account for large repairs like roofs, boilers, and energy upgrades.
The Elanco Veterinary Medical Applications certification--endorsed by Elanco and geared toward career and technical education students--is delivered through iCEV, an online platform that produces and delivers comprehensive education content.
The Osceola County School Board named Debra Pace its next superintendent to replace the retiring Melba Luciano later this year. Pace is currently the assistant superintendent of human resources for Brevard County Schools.
With so many variations in how Ohio schools charge families for extracurricular activities and how that money is used, a state senator will ask districts to report to the state how much their extracurriculars cost, what they collect in fees, and how that money is spent.
Chicago Public Schools plans to announce a round of job cuts that the district says will affect central office and administrative staff, not teachers. The layoffs are part of a plan to reduce expenses and borrow hundreds funds to lessen the likelihood of classroom cuts in the face of a nearly $480 million budget gap.
All K12 classrooms across New York’s East Irondequoit CSD will have access to digital content through Discovery Education Streaming Plus. In addition, 25 educators and their administrators from the six district schools will participate in Discovery Education’s Digital Leader Corps.
Mark T. Bedell, the Kansas City Public School Board’s choice for superintendent, is currently the assistant superintendent for high schools at Baltimore County Public Schools in Maryland. He replaces Steve Green, who left in May for a job outside Atlanta, after three years leading the Kansas City district.
Detroit public school teachers can keep staging sickouts—at least for the time being. A judge refused Detroit Public Schools request to issue a temporary restraining order that would have stopped public school teachers from calling sickouts.
We all say we value education. But, for whatever reason—maybe due to a lack of understanding or feeling that they won’t be heard—many people care about schools only from a distance. They don’t actively engage school topics through social media. They don’t show up at school board meetings, or vote in school board elections.
The Arizona Department of Education has awarded Measured Progress the contract for the new Multi-State Alternate Assessment. The company will work with participating states to continue developing the assessment, and to implement and maintain the program.
More than two-thirds of Virginians think public schools aren’t adequately funded, and most residents of the commonwealth would support paying more in taxes to enhance student performance, according to a statewide poll.
The Frederick County Council is considering significantly increasing impact fees-which go toward defraying the costs of new school and library construction-and mitigation fees, which are paid only by developers that build homes near already overcrowded schools.