Industry News

10/22/2014

10/22/2014

The Massachusetts Board of Elementary and Secondary Education approved probation for a Boston charter school and for the state’s first virtual public school, citing low achievement and other issues. Failure to show academic improvement in a year could lead to closure.

10/22/2014

One of the challenges with education reform is that it is inherently political, with people seeming to demand immediate and overwhelming results. Politicians and educators would do well to examine what other nations are doing.

10/22/2014

On the heels of allegations of sexual and other misconduct against officers in the Alaska Army National Guard, the Alaska district has halted all military recruiting at its schools indefinitely.

10/22/2014

The Indiana Supreme Court has agreed to hear a case over whether it's unconstitutional to make parents pay for their children to ride the bus to public schools.

10/22/2014

A mismatch exists between the needs of the 21st century workforce and the skill sets Silicon Valley public school graduates possess. Unless we improve teacher quality and school leadership over the next several years, our region may lose its standing as a global economic engine.

10/21/2014

10/21/2014

Council Rock Superintendent of Schools Mark Klein is retiring at the end of the current school year. Klein has been with the Pennsylvania district for almost four decades, starting as a classroom teacher, moving to principal and then to superintendent.

10/21/2014

Mark Rosekrans, who has been serving as interim superintendent, has been named as the permanent superintendent for Charlotte's schools. Rosekrans is a 25-year employee with the district and has served as associate superintendent for operations for the past 15 years.

10/21/2014

A merger of bills targeting abusive teachers or other education staff who migrate to other schools after getting into trouble is a rare case of bipartisan common sense in the often fractious Pennsylvania General Assembly.

10/21/2014

The hiatus on new charter schools in Massachusetts gives us an opportunity for a more substantive debate on the issue of innovation in the charters and beyond. The state should pause and look at why charters haven’t provided the research and development, the innovation function, that was a critical part of the excitement at their birth in the mid-1990s.

10/21/2014

The Hempstead district plans to place Hispanic children who are recent immigrants to the U.S. in a "transition school." The HYPE Academy (Helping Youth Pursue Excellence) overflow school is an attempt to meet the district's obligation to educate all children while dealing with over 700 new students this year, overcrowding, lack of teachers and unfinished schedules.

10/21/2014

For months last spring, bus drivers complained about low wages, dilapidated buses and unpaid hours spent stranded on the roadside or waiting for inspections. Subject to a school board vote, they will all get pay raises in addition to extra training in CHAMPS, a system the schools use to manage student behavior.

10/21/2014

Vehicles pass stopped school buses more than 70,000 times a day. The problem has gotten so bad that school districts are installing little cameras that activate when the bus stops. Like traffic signal cameras, they capture the license plate numbers of any cars that fly by. Violators are sent tickets in the mail, with fines ranging from $100 all the way up to $1,000.

10/21/2014

A Superior Court judge has thrown out a $15 million verdict against the New Jersey school district in a disability discrimination lawsuit filed by a former city teacher with multiple sclerosis.

10/21/2014

After 15 months as an independent school, Greenfield Commonwealth Virtual School is facing a 20-month probation due to poor academic performance and governance issues.

10/21/2014

Elizabethton Superintendent of Schools Ed Alexander plans to retire in January 2015 after eight years as superintendent and 39 years with the city school system.

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