If American schools did a better job teaching about history and government, students likely would grow up to be more engaged, voting adults. Kids today wouldn't buy a cell phone without knowing how it works, yet schools graduate young people without a grounded understanding of how their own democratic institutions operate best.
An effort to permit school districts to spend reserve money to ease budgetary pain is on its last legislative leg. Some state lawmakers still hope to pass a measure allowing school districts to tap into their cash reserves, but key legislators say any proposal is unlikely to pass the Iowa Legislature this year.
The Foundation for Florida Virtual School is turning over financial records to Florida Virtual School in response to a court order, as the struggle over who controls the foundation continues after allegations of fiscal mismanagement and violation of public-records and open-meetings laws.
TIME Edge is a new digital platform - developed by the editors of TIME and TIME For Kids - for seventh and eighth grade classrooms. It features original multimedia content, learning tools, and lesson plans and resources to support digital literacy and global citizenship.
The Fund for Public Schools, the nonprofit organization that former Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg and his schools chancellors built into a fund-raising juggernaut, is struggling to attract donations. The fund, which raised an average of $29 million a year over the last decade, has raised just $18 million this fiscal year.
If we want to re-engage learners, re-professionalize teachers, and re-think how we prepare students for a globally competitive working life, we need to follow the learners, and develop more open learning systems — ones that are outward-facing, highly collaborative, co-created and purpose-driven.
A new version of the education tax credit legislation would offer three separate tax credits: one for individuals who donate money to private school scholarship funds, one to reimburse public school teachers for out-of-pocket expenses and one to offset private tuition costs.
If homeschooling parents are paying taxes for the school system in which they live, they should be allowed to have their kids take part in any extracurricular program. The only catch is whether private school students should then also be able to participate in public school extracurricular sports too.
Instead of blanketing schools with the tablets as Los Angeles did, San Francisco is starting in five schools and working only with first-grade classrooms. The Digital Literacy program is giving them to the amilies for free, loaded with hundreds of books, learn-to-read software and educational games.
As a global audience has focused on Baltimore's impoverished neighborhoods following the riots, education advocates are pushing for more money for schools and programs for youth. They are asking the governor to release $68 million in education funding, including about $11 million for Baltimore.
To help schools and districts implement blended learning programs, Edgenuity’s new Blended Learning Services offers consulting, coaching, and professional resources — including program design consulting and coaching for practitioners.
Louisiana understaffs its charter schools oversight offices and relies on charters' own reports and whistleblowers to uncover problems. The new report also casts a skeptical eye on the veracity of the data that the state uses to calculate the performance scores that keep charters open.
As an early step in a decision-making decentralization plan, all principals in Denver will have the option to select and buy their own curriculum, school-based testing programs and professional development plans next year.
The Texas district's internal auditor says he's expanding the grade fixing probe that began at Westbury High School to a second campus. The move follows detailed, anonymous allegations from teachers on the campus relayed to school board members.
Lawrence County Superintendent Heath Grimes was selected by the Alabama district's school board as its next school superintendent. Russellville Superintendent Rex Mayfield retires in July.