New Jersey school districts that have yet to test their drinking water for lead will be required to do so within one year under new state regulations going into effect. The testing rules will also require all school districts to test their water used for drinking and cooking at least once every six years.
At issue is a local sales tax passed in 1999 as part of a desegregation settlement agreement. St. Louis charter schools have been receiving a portion of those funds, adding up to about $42 million. A federal judge is considering whether charter school parents have legal standing in a lawsuit to recover money generated by the tax.
Local school boards bear the ultimate responsibility for all spending on public education. Charter schools shouldn't operate without input from those paying the bills. Local, elected school boards deserve to retain their ability to evaluate and authorize how students receive education—in charter schools or in their own.
School is out, but a busy summer is underway for the Missoula Public School District. Sixteen construction projects costing $30 million are currently taking place at the Montana district's schools, including a deconstruction, remodeling and more.
In an effort to curtail the increasing number of arm injuries to young pitchers, the National Federation of State High School Associations announced a rule change altering the pitching restriction policy for high school baseball from an inning limit to a certain number of pitches.
Those who exploit the sick time benefit harm their students. A good approach would be to identify educators who have chronic attendance issues and closely monitor their absenteeism and performance. Increased oversight might help deter abuse, as would disciplinary policies that give school leaders the power to deal with habitual no-shows.
The Flipped Learning Network is transitioning its organizational structure from an events and training company to a community-driven, facilitated network with continual professional development opportunities.
The Southern Poverty Law Center is suing Mississippi over how it is funding charter schools, describing it as a unconstitutional scheme that diverts public tax dollars from traditional public schools. The lawsuit calls for the court to strike down the funding provisions of the Mississippi Charter School Act.
The lack of interest in voting and lack of knowledge about our government is astounding. A part of the problem goes to back to high school civics—or the lack of it. Time was when civics was a big deal and lasted an entire semester. Now, the subject gets only a half semester with the other half the term going to economics.
Bb Planner is a mobile student planning tool that enables students to explore degrees and careers and understand the financial, academic and career implications. Designed to complement Bb Planner, Blackboard Advise is a web-based advising tool offering insight into student plans and predictive analytics to help identify at-risk students.
The State Education Department released a draft list of 20 guiding principles for their new evaluation of schools under the Every Student Succeeds Act. The accountability system is shifting its test score focus to also look at how well schools' graduates do after they leave and increases in advanced and specialized courses.
While schools tend to treat academics and discipline as two siloed areas, in reality the boundaries are more porous. Educators working to transform their instructional approaches might be simultaneously undermining the message that they believe kids can solve problems, learn from mistakes and be productive every time a behavior issues arises.
In its first response to a funding lawsuit filed last year by Shelby County Schools, the state is denying that its funding model is the cause of financial struggles faced by Tennessee’s largest school district. The filing marks the next step in a legal process expected to take years.
Wyoming high school students will now be able to pass a course assessment in lieu of receiving a passing grade as part of a number of changes the State Board of Education has made to graduation requirements.
Live Music Tutor, an online music platform that streams music lessons between instructors and students, completed a collaboration with the School District of Osceola County. The pilot program assess the effectiveness of online, interactive master classes and individual lessons to students in the Florida district's string programs.