More than $10 million has been allocated to improve school safety for 260 schools and school corporations across the state. The grant program provides matching funds to conduct threat assessments, purchase equipment to improve security or employ a school resource officer.
Twenty education-based organizations are making a collective investment of more than $620 million to enhance learning for over 1.3 million fifth through eighth graders over the next five years through the new Expanded Learning Middle School Initiative.
Patricia Sullivan-Kriss has been named as the New York district’s new superintendent of schools, following the retirement of current Superintendent John Hogan. Sullivan-Kriss is currently the superintendent of schools for the Hauppauge School District, a position she has held since 2006.
Proposed legislation would take away all taxing authority of school boards across Pennsylvania by requiring that all tax increases go to a public vote before they can be approved. Such a legislated change would be a death knell for all public schools.
The Cedar Rapids Community School District is partnering with an area nonprofit in an effort to bus its homeless children to and from their school instead of using the more expensive cabs. By law, students are allowed to attend their original school, even if their homeless situation requires them to move outside of the district or away from the their neighborhood school.
AASA, The School Superintendents Association, has chosen to partner with PreciouStatus, a Minnesota-based mobile app developer, to offer its software to teachers to send real-time messages, photos and other updates with parents and families through any mobile device.
The Johns Hopkins University and Baltimore City Public Schools have partnered to create the city's first pre-K through eighth grade school where every class—not just science and math, but also reading, social studies, and even art—will feature elements of engineering and computer science.
ELERTS launched a dedicated K12 division to specifically address the security and safety concerns of public and private schools. The ELERTS Event Alert app enables staff to immediately alert persons on school property, police and other emergency responders in the event of suspicious persons or threatening activity on school grounds.
Career Academies of Seminole, a new Florida high school proposed to be built by 2017, could transition into the standalone Career Academies of Seminole Technical High School if the school board moves forward with a newly unveiled draft proposal.
Because of the widely variable health of local property tax bases, there are wide disparities in the quality of facilities, teacher compensation, benefits and spending-per-student—even though the state subsidy system is weighted toward low-income districts.
Teachers and special education assistants with Minneapolis Public Schools are looking for ways to address student behavior and safety in schools across the district. In October, Minneapolis Public Schools banned suspensions for nonviolent behavior for preschool through fifth grade.
The Broward State Attorney’s Office this week blasted the Broward school system for failing to fix its flawed building department despite repeated pledges by school board members and the superintendent that the construction and management problems had been eliminated.
Inspired by Discovery Channel’s Racing Extinction documentary, Discovery Education has partnered with Vulcan Productions to offer digital resources and interactive experiences supporting science instruction and fostering classroom discussions on biodiversity, endangered species and related topics.
Literacy traditionally includes reading, writing, speaking and listening skills. But children growing up in a world of information overload need to be able to “read” and analyze information presented in a variety of formats—from videos to images to multimedia texts.
Ohio legislators plan to tackle the debate of Pay-to-Participate fees for children wanting to participate in school activities. After a series of public hearings, they’ll decide if the fees should be slashed or eliminated altogether.