Mayor Jim Kenney named the city's first nine community schools, officially launching his five-year plan to create 25 such schools. The community schools approach calls for schools to become neighborhood centers for support services similar to those offered at community centers.
Detroit Public Schools will begin the process of shedding its debt and forming a new district after action by the state Local Emergency Financial Assistance Loan Board. The board approved $235 million in bonds, borrowing $150 million for the emergency loan and a transfer of assets from the old to the new district.
A researcher earlier this year set out to learn more about the pay differences between Massachusetts educators. More than 200 school systems initially ignored his requests for information. Now, the superintendents of those districts are being ordered by the Secretary of State’s Office to undergo training on how to respond to public records requests.
ReadWorks’ new partnerships with the National Audubon Society, the Museum of Modern Art and the New York Historical Society will bring the institutions’ nonfiction texts and multimedia educational resources to ReadWorks’ research-based curriculum.
Two of Rice University’s open education initiatives—open education resource textbook publisher OpenStax and digital education portal Rice Online Learning—released a comprehensive set of free online resources for Advanced Placement physics courses for high school students
Washington schools chief Randy Dorn has stoked the fire under lawmakers and the governor by filing a lawsuit against some of the state’s largest school districts over the way they use local tax dollars to pay teacher salaries. It’s too bad that such a move is necessary.
The Virtual Learning Academy Charter School in New Hampshire gets no money simply because a student enrolls in the school. Unlike Ohio, New Hampshire pays the school only when kids make progress in their classes. If students enroll, do no work and make no progress, the Virtual Learning Academy is paid nothing.
The results from the latest California Healthy Kids Survey show decreases in alcohol and marijuana use since the previous survey in 2011–13, particularly among 11th graders. But the report noted that indicators of depression risk were reported by 26 percent of seventth graders, 32 percent of ninth graders and 34 percent of 11th graders.
Indianapolis Public Schools is rolling out 100 new school buses that are equipped with seat belts for the upcoming school year. The decision to purchase the buses came after a National Highway Traffic Safety Administration administrator challenged school districts to add the devices to their buses.
Is the new financial efficiency rating system of Georgia school districts skewed to favor larger districts that benefit from economies of scale or against those with higher costs of educating large numbers of students in poverty? Many state legislatures have embraced a “damned by data” strategy to force change in public education. As a result, districts are neck-deep in data collection mandates.
Scenario Learning and the Georgia School Boards Association Risk Management Services have partnered to offer the SafeSchools Online Training System's 24 online school safety courses to the association's members.
As the pool of talented young people available to guide tomorrow's generation into the future becomes depleted, we face a drastic shortage of teachers not far down the road. Moreover, a New Jersey study showed this ominous trend comes as the demand for teachers is expected to increase 14 percent by 2021.
It took a while—too long—for state officials to get around to recognizing the need to meaningfully respond to concerns about lead in our drinking water. But what do we do about high lead levels once they’re identified? Schools can close off water fountains and provide bottled water, but will those turn into permanent solutions?
The proposed Stronger Together School Diversity Act of 2016 builds on President Obama’s FY 2017 Stronger Together budget proposal. It consists of a voluntary program to support the development and expansion of new and existing community-driven strategies to increase diversity in America’s schools.
Ken Richardson has served as a top administrator in the Oregon district since 2009, most recently as deputy superintendent. He succeeds Don Grotting, who has been named as superintendent of the Beaverton school district after six years leading David Douglas.