At a time when the Washington Legislature is debating the best way to pay for basic education in K12 schools, it makes sense to start with the most basic element of all: classrooms. That means tackling an outdated school-construction model that has created inequity and inefficiencies across the state’s 295 school districts.
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.
A measure was approved by the Iowa House that would change the collective bargaining process for teachers and other school employees. Currently, arbitrators assigned to disputes between the teachers union and the state over wages, benefits or other contractual matters must choose from the two offers. The new provision would allow arbitrators to choose a compromise point between the offers.
The Wisconsin district's board of education set a public hearing on its plan to borrow up to $50 million primarily to rebuild two schools and add an addition to a third.
The approved legislation would allow the establishment of up to 10 start-up charter schools a year for five years, and allow an unlimited number of conversion schools. Teachers working in charter schools would not be required to have certifications. The bill now goes to the Senate.
The Michigan school district's board is considering policies to keep concealed pistol license holders from openly carrying guns on campus, which is legal in the state. Policies could make Ann Arbor schools either weapon- or disruption-free zones.
Middlebury Interactive Languages and Fuel Education launched a suite of digital instructional materials designed to boost language acquisition and achievement for English language learners. The new programs include digital curriculum frameworks for elementary and middle school students and teacher professional development.
When the Senate receives the House's long-overdue charter school reform bill, it should retain its better features while incorporating the stronger policy sought by Gov. Tom Wolf. His plan would re-establish a state reimbursement to districts, require annual charter school audits and establish a standard base tuition rate.
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Absenteeism matters. The reasons that children from low-income families miss more school are varied. These financial, medical, mental and health support problems are difficult to resolve taken one by one. But many could be avoided all together if there were a higher baseline of support offered to low income families.
The future of the New Jersey district's school resource officer program remains uncertain amidst a simmering conflict between the board of education and municipality. The district is considering replacing two full-time police officers currently employed as school resource officers and two community education officers with a private security force.
Graduation rates for black and Hispanic students increased by nearly 4 percentage points from 2011 to 2013, outpacing the 2.4 percentage growth for all students in the nation, according to new National Center for Education Statistics data. The nation’s high school graduation rate hit an all-time high of 81 percent in 2012-13.