A bill that would give the Chicago City Council the power to raise property taxes to fund its teacher pensions met approval in the Illinois Senate. The education bill includes a provision that lifts the property tax cap to allow the city's mayor to raise property taxes by $175 million for teacher pensions.
With the Media Manager Series, Spectrum Industries offers lecterns that are available with a flat surface, surround, or with an Overbridge Control Console for easy control access. Each lectern also has a removable rack cube for audiovisual and IT integration.
Virginia’s largest school system passed a $2.7 billion budget that raises teacher salaries and cuts elementary class sizes, marking the first time in three years that the district will not have to make serious cuts. The vote capped a tumultuous budget year that began with school officials warning of a potential $100 million shortfall and the potential for damaging cuts.
School districts can work to ensure that transportation is available for homeless children, that teachers know how to and do reach out to families with different backgrounds, and that discipline does not leave some groups isolated. But only parents can insist their children go to school regularly.
Every year, some members demand a re-enactment of the education funding battle of 1991 with hopes of a different ending. But the problems are more complex, and require different solutions. The share of public school students in poverty has increased by 10 percent. And one of the fastest growing expenses for school districts today are payments to charter schools.
Ed Graff, the outgoing head of Alaska's Anchorage Public Schools, was chosen to lead the Minneapolis district over Minnesota Department of Education Commissioner Brenda Cassellius, ending a 16-month tumultuous search for the leadership position.
Of the 292 charter schools in Ohio that received federal grants since 2006, 108 of those schools have either closed or never opened, according to a new report. The 26 that didn’t open received a total of $4 million in taxpayer money, with no records found indicating funds were returned.
Building codes published last year require new schools in North Texas to include tornado shelters, but many new campuses under construction now won’t have them. Districts are citing higher construction cost, and they’re waiting for cities to adopt the new codes first.
OverDrive has partnered with schools in all 50 states and parts of Canada for a summer reading program that enables students to borrow and read from a collection of interactive juvenile fiction and young adult e-books for the month of June.
Douglas County School District Superintendent Liz Fagen, who put in place a controversial market-based pay system for teachers and a voucher program that drew national attention and legal challenges, is leaving to lead the 39,000-student Humble ISD.
The state Senate is considering a different overhaul to the state’s education funding formula than the one it approved earlier this month. The new bill would create a four-tiered system to direct state money to the districts with the highest need and make sure all are adequately funded.
A Leon County judge rejected a challenge to the Florida’s education system, saying lawmakers had met their constitutional obligation to provide free, high-quality public education. But advocates who filed the lawsuit said they plan to appeal the ruling, potentially laying the groundwork for a landmark opinion by the Florida Supreme Court.
Through its current partnership with MIND Research Institute, APS Foundation will be expanding MIND’s ST Math program to six additional schools in the Phoenix area. The grant enables Osborn School District to implement ST Math districtwide starting in the 2016-17 school year, followed by an elementary school in Scottsdale USD.
Portland Public Schools' board of education approved Xavier Botana as the new superintendent for the Maine district. He succeeds Emmanuel Caulk, who left for a job in Kentucky last July.
Detroit business and civic leaders vocalized opposition to any deal to save Detroit Public Schools that does not include a mechanism for closing academically failing schools. House and Senate leaders are close to a deal to partially pay off the district’s debt, but doing so may require sacrificing a citywide education commission that could limit the charter school expansion.