Texthelp launched Teach for Google, a comprehensive professional development solution that offers a library of short courses with instructional videos, strategy overviews, templates, checklists and more through Google Apps for Education.
Gwinnett County Schools plans to add 175 teacher positions for the next school year teachers and hopes an increase in starting pay will help attract the new hires.
Indiana’s public school districts are under no constitutional mandate to provide transportation for students to and from school, according to a ruling from the Indiana Supreme Court. The ruling overturns an appeals court decision last year that said charging bus fees was unconstitutional.
Minneapolis Public Schools will be laying off about 160 workers. The move will save the district $11.6 million. District officials say those savings will go to schools, allowing them to lower class sizes, reduce caseloads for special education teachers and increase learning time at middle and high schools.
The Support Our Science initiative will offer a combination of digital content, customized educator support and professional development, student engagement activities, Science Channel content and hands-on digital tools and resources to help educators build students' STEM skills and knowledge.
The Iowa House passed a bill mandating that public schools can't start classes before August 23. However, the House version of the bill is still at odds with a passed Senate bill that would allow schools to set their own school start dates.
The Chattanooga area school systems have filed suit against the state of Tennessee for not sufficiently funding local schools as mandated under the law. The suit further alleges that Tennessee's Board of Education has instead created a system that shifts the cost of education to local districts.
Stonington Public Schools is now using SchoolDude's CrisisManager. The Connecticut district’s administrators have access to CrisisManager and their school's customized emergency response plans on their smartphones. Detailed instructions outline plans for inclement weather, injured student, active shooter, bomb threat and other crisis situations.
Most suspensions result from behavior problems, not violence or illegal acts. Some 60 percent of out-of-school suspensions are for school rule violations, defiance of school staff and disruptive behavior. The answer, then, is to change behavior, not just to punish.
The price of our unwillingness to learn from the successes and mistakes of others is repeat failures. The United States resists looking to other countries to learn what’s worked and what hasn’t. We refuse to learn not only from successful educational reforms in other nations, but from failed ones, too.
A state school fund of $7.255 billion has cleared its first hurdle following the joint budget subcommittee on education's approval. The amount is about $250 million less than what some advocates, including administrators and teachers, say is needed.
A state House committee rejected funding for most of Gov. Rick Snyder’s major education initiatives. The House panel gutted funding increases requested for at-risk schools, a third-grade reading program and special support for financially distressed districts.
The Delaware Department of Education has selected Schoology’s Learning Management System to power online and blended learning across the entire state in addition to professional development to help teachers implement blended learning.
Public-education systems struggle with a lack of racial and economic diversity. In many cities, the choice of a school is an individual family’s decision that can become entangled with the future health of the school system itself. We are likely to see more equality in these systems when more families are willing to elect to send their kids to schools dominated by lower-class minority populations.