A new version of the Conductor digital communication system has been released to handle campus-wide intercom, paging, control and emergency response using the school’s LAN. New features include better disaster recovery, device discovery, map-based point-and-click paging, and a more elegant control station for the front office.
Due to school district consolidations, Iowa now has 122 fewer districts than it did in 1965. Most district mergers point to the central challenges that rural Iowa schools face today: low revenue through property taxes and state aid, transportation costs and the problem of maintaining staffing and class offerings when enrollment declines.
Virginia's Fairfax County Public School Board adopted a $2.6 billion budget for the next school year, which is an increase of $53.9 million. It will also allow for small pay increases of 0.62 percent for all employees.
The best educational systems in the world set high standards for students and then let teachers decide how to get there. Teachers are given time to collaborate and design curriculum to fit their students. Standardized tests are given sparingly and used for the purpose they were intended, to help the student.
The state Education Department has rejected all 15 applications for new charter schools, including 12 in New York City, claiming they failed to meet academic standards. Charter-school advocates say the rejection of all the applicants was due to pro-teacher-union politics.
Changing the state education funding formula to reflect more up-to-date special education enrollment numbers and costs would help relieve pressures on school budgets and provide school districts more flexibility in meeting student needs.
After serving Visalia USD for eight years, current Redwood High School Principal Fernie Marroquin will next year transition into a superintendent position at Tulare's Oak Valley Union Elementary School District. Kerry Beauchaine, the current superintendent, is retiring after this school year.
As a new feature in its K12 web-based personalized learning application, Dynamic Schedule gives students more choice while reducing the amount of time teachers spend scheduling flexible environments.
The state Senate today passed a bill to reallocate proceeds from the county's 1-cent sales tax for road repairs, additional school funding and economic development in Jefferson County. Up to $18 million from a new sales tax fund will be allocated to public schools in the county based on attendance.
After analyzing feedback from parents and others, the controversial new standardized test in Illinois will be streamlined to be shorter and easier to take next year. The two testing windows will be combined into one in addition to a reduction in the total test time.
The West Virginia county's board of education chose Bondy Shay Gibson as the new superintendent. In Henrico County, she was the deputy superintendent.
The $6.1 million spent campaigning for three seats on the LAUSD's school board ended in a wash. Both the teachers union and its adversary, groups advocating for charter schools, were successful in their efforts to elect challengers, while losing incumbents they had hoped to re-elect.
This year, the legislative majority has continuously chosen to focus on strict adherence to a budget concept that leaves Alaska's schools underfunded and lacking any security going forward. Two-thirds of recently polled Alaskans want the Legislature to stop playing the legislative games each year with education funding.
The Louisiana Senate approved a bill that would bar public and charter schools from suspending or expelling elementary school students for violating school uniform rules.
Nell K. Duke and Scholastic debuted Information in Action, a new professional development tool that guides teachers to use project-based instruction to help students become better readers and writers of informational text.