Los Angeles teachers and school district administrators are doing battle once again after 18 rounds of contract negotiations. Given the potential long-term impact of any settlement, it is a shame that a major stakeholder can't be at the negotiating table. Namely, college graduates considering whether to pursue a teaching career.
Dearborn school Superintendent Brian Whiston, the 2014 Michigan Superintendent of the Year, has been offered the position of state school superintendent. Whiston has been selected to replace Superintendent Michael Flanagan, who is retiring.
Mayor Bill de Blasio defended his administration’s efforts to fix New York City’s troubled schools, describing those efforts as a cross between a war and a policing operation. The mayor's newly aggressive language comes as Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo is pushing an alternative vision for dealing with the city’s struggling schools that clashes with the mayor’s and chancellor’s philosophy.
Results from the new Smarter Balanced Assessment standardized test for Oregon students will not be used this year in compiling school report cards or teacher evaluations under a bill that has cleared the Oregon House.
Massachusetts' well-intentioned Open Meeting Law, with its strict provisions for conducting public business with the greatest possible transparency, generally serves the public sector well. However, it does, unintentionally, create problems in attracting top superintendent candidates to a process in which they are required to make their candidacies public.
Gustavo Balderas is the Eugene School Board’s unanimous choice to lead the district. Currently the superintendent of Huntington Beach's district in California, Balderas will take over for Sheldon Berman, who asked to leave the Eugene district after this school year.
Cybrary has launched a new education training platform designed to help K12 and higher education educators plan, manage and monitor IT and cybersecurity curriculums.
There is a nearly $1 billion backlog of heating system repairs or replacements in the public school systems in the Maryland suburbs, according to a news investigation. School building records in the counties of Montgomery, Prince George, Howard and Frederick show hundreds of school HVAC systems are in need of replacement in the coming years.
The next superintendent of schools of the Illinois district will be John Ahlgrim. Currently the superintendent at Zion Elementary School District 6, he will take over from Superintendent Mary Perry Bates after she retires at the end of the school year.
Brownies and doughnuts could be back in school bake sales under a measure the state Senate approved that would let districts raise money by holding events currently banned since they don't meet federal nutrition guidelines.
The New Jersey city's school board will vote to approve a budget proposal for next school year that calls for the elimination of more than 220 positions to help close a $17.3 million budget gap for the 2015-16 school year.
The proposed bill would eliminate an 11th-grade English test and a requirement that local school districts create tests in every subject not covered by the new Florida Standards Assessment. It also allows the school year to begin as early as August 10.
Accountability should shift back to what we do for kids, rather than what they’ve done for us with their test scores. Each person should be held accountable only for what he or she can control — the educators for providing an environment that stimulates individual learning, and the community for providing sufficient funding to enable them to carry this out equitably.
Local governments in Baldwin County are voting on resolutions encouraging residents to support the March 31 referendum aimed at raising revenue to support a 10-year, $350 million school construction plan. The Spanish Fort City Council is the latest group to approve the resolution.
Since the beginning of 2014, when Colorado's first retail marijuana shops opened, $15.6 million has been generated in tax revenue that is specifically earmarked for public schools through the Building Excellent Schools Today grant program.