December 3-6, 2014
San Diego, Calif.
December 3-6, 2014
San Diego, Calif.
The Heavy Metal Tour is quickly becoming a tradition, as thousands of eighth-graders from more than 30 central Wisconsin high schools get a chance to tour various local manufacturing facilities to see for themselves the cool, high-tech work that manufacturing has become.
The U.S. Department of Education announced 27 new grants today totaling $39.7 million under the Charter Schools Program to expand high quality charter schools, and open new charter schools across the nation. These grants will support charter schools’ efforts to address high-need students’ needs, especially in underserved areas, in 12 states.
The cheating scheme in the El Paso ISD should have been a warning to the state of potential flaws in its accountability system. But there was never any urgency to explore whether problems unearthed in El Paso were present elsewhere in Texas.
With the new enhancements, Pearson’s iLit tablet-based reading intervention program for grades 4-10 is now device-agnostic and can be delivered on any iOS, Android, Windows 8 or web browser.
Brad Rieger, superintendent of Ohio's Sylvania Schools, announced that he will retire on July 31, 2015. He originally replaced superintendent Les Schultz in 2003. His career in education spans 30 years. Assistant Superintendent Scott Nelson is expected to ascend to the superintendent role.
North Carolina’s ambitious new Opportunity Scholarship voucher program is being expedited to the state’s Supreme Court after the body announced that it will exercise a rarely-used right to have a case come before it without exhausting proceedings at lower court levels.
All classes and school activities were canceled until further notice in South Burlington School District as teachers prepared to begin a strike. Sports, after-school programs and other extracurricular activities and programs will also be canceled. The union and the school board have been negotiating for 10 months for a new contract.
The Jefferson County Board of Education gave the go-ahead for the Catalpa School, a Waldorf-inspired arts school, to start as a K5 school replacing Maupin Elementary. The school will eventually expand to include eighth grade. The state selected JCPS as a District of Innovation, giving it waivers from some state education rules to allow it to experiment.
Florence School District One will offer Randy Bridges a contract for employment as superintendent of Florence One, effective January 1, 2015. Bridges' experience has included a superintendent position in Stafford, Va., and in Burlington, N.C.
Arizona has received a one-year extension for flexibility from certain provisions of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, also known as No Child Left Behind. The extension is through the 2014-2015 school year. Arizona’s initial waiver request was approved in July 2012.
A possible partnership being considered between the Neosho School District and Freeman Health System could help students obtain quicker access to medical care. In addition to having school nurses communicate with a clinic's nurse practitioner about sick students, students could also be sent if needed to receive medication or examined.
A Wake County school board committee backed a proposal to add five new magnet schools next school year that would increase access for students to take courses in Spanish and Mandarin Chinese. Under the proposal, the magnet schools would be part of the district's new K-12 immersion/global studies theme.
The Arkansas Board of Education passed a final rule that all public schools would receive an annual report card; however they decided to not include grading alternative learning environment schools. What letter grade a school receives will be based on a point system, including factors such as weighted performance improvement and graduation rates.
Students from high-poverty public schools are less likely to attend college than those from wealthier ones, regardless of whether they're from urban, suburban or rural areas, according to a report by National Student Clearinghouse. The report found that poverty remains a more important indicator of whether a student will go to college than high school demographics or location.