The number of Alabama's public schools listed as failing could grow under a bill that would make significant changes to the state's Accountability Act. The legislation would also raise the current cap on aggregate tax credits claimed by families of students in failing schools to $35 million per calendar year.
The Kentucky Senate Education Committee has passed a bill that would limit the authority school councils have across the state. With less power, the councils would be more advisory and the superintendent would make policy decisions. The bill is now set to go before the full Senate for a vote.
Trane's new Trane Building Advantage offers a suite of energy services to manage and operate efficient and sustainable buildings, including building controls and automation and energy management systems and services.
State officials will begin arguing about whether a school funding lawsuit should continue. Last fall, School District of Lancaster and five other districts filed a lawsuit against the state, contending that Pennsylvania's school funding system is unpredictable and does not deliver the essential resources students need.
The Wisconsin Assembly could vote next week on a school accountability bill that would place sole decision-making power with a school district superintendent to improve a low-performing school if the public school did not improve after three years of taking steps outlined in the bill.
The most fruitful form of education—and the one with the best chance of empowering children to overcome poverty and other disadvantages—offers each child the opportunity to pursue his or her own goals, in a stimulating and supportive environment. It’s this “opportunity gap,” rather than any “achievement gap,” that characterizes unequal education and is fully within the power of schools to remedy.
School officials from Wichita and around the state voiced strong opposition to a bill that would put state aid for school districts into flexible block grants, saying it would reduce accountability and hamper districts’ ability to provide services to students.
Florida authorities are investigating cyber-attacks that delayed newly computerized standardized school testing last week. The investigation stemmed from reports that a number of school districts encountered "white screens" after logging into the controversial tests.
Fluke Networks unveiled Link-Solutions, an adaptable toolset for network connectivity testing, documentation and reporting to conduct copper, fiber and Ethernet network tests and manage test results via a unified cloud-based dashboard.
Generation YES, a nonprofit organization that implements student technology programs, has partnered with Learning.com to launch Project NextTech. The project-based high school digital literacy course spans two semesters and uses content based on curriculum developed by Generation YES.
Although the benefits can be substantial for students, careful planning and instruction on the part of the teacher is essential for group projects. It's empowering for students to be given choices and freedom when it comes to learning; but it's hard for kids to accept responsibility when things don't work out.
New legislation would require school districts to consider performance, not just seniority, when laying off teachers. The bill would also make it easier for out-of-state teachers to become licensed in Minnesota.
Brevard School Superintendent Brian Binggeli he plans to leave the district to take a job as school superintendent in Plano, Texas. He has been with the Florida district since 2009.
Grand Rapids Public Schools will begin engaging the community for support on a 30-year, $175 million November ballot proposal beginning in April. Most of the bond — more than $150 million — would go toward building construction.
U.S. Sen. Bob Casey introduced a bill aimed at reducing the rate of student suspension across the nation's schools. The Keep Kids in School Act specifically takes aim at the discrepancies in the nation's suspension rates with students of color and students with disabilities.