The Decatur County School Board welcomed Tim Cochran as the new superintendent. He is replacing Fred Rayfield, who is taking a superintendent position in Union County.
Gregory Plutko, currently the superintendent of the Huntington Beach Union High School District, was selected as the next superintendent of the Placentia-Yorba Linda USD. He will replace outgoing Superintendent Doug Domene, who is retiring after 31 years with the school district.
East Detroit Schools obtained a temporary restraining order to stop the state School Reform Office from appointing a CEO to lead four of the district’s schools. Among other complaints, the district argued that a state-appointed CEO would deprive citizens of their right to vote in local school board elections.
Four Bedford County school districts chose Tyler’s Infinite Visions to integrate financial, budgeting, procurement, payroll and human resources services. The districts chose to have Infinite Visions delivered via a software-as-a-service model.
Snowline Joint USD's board of trustees appointed Deputy Superintendent Ryan Holman, a 22-year employee of the California district, to be the successor of Superintendent Luke Ontiveros. Ontiveros has accepted the position of superintendent in the Santa Maria-Bonita School District.
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.
The next state school superintendent, Karen Salmon, will have to be prepared to hit the ground running in her new role at a time when the state is facing a number of pressing issues—including charter schools, the ongoing transition to Common Core standards and debate about the role of testing in schools.
Family engagement is now the law through the Local Control and Funding Formula and the related district accountability plans. But simply making family engagement the law doesn’t help school districts engage all parents, from all backgrounds, in all languages. Something is still missing—funding.
Proposed federal guidelines would allow states to decide how to use a mix of test scores, academic growth and other measures like chronic absenteeism to identify failing schools and children who are struggling the most. The draft rule spells out a broad framework for states to consider as they design new accountability systems.
The National Association for the Education of Young Children launched Power to the Profession, a national collaboration to set a unifying framework of professional guidelines for early childhood educators—from required competencies and qualifications to career pathways and compensation.
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.