Philadelphia-based Education Law Center cites poor academic performance, high student turnover, fraud charges involving former officials at two cybers, and the $366.6 million cost of the 15 cyber charters already operating in the state.
Since 1989, Arkansas has spent more than $1 billion on desegregation efforts in three school districts. The lawsuit was filed in 1982, but its roots extend to the integration of Little Rock public schools in 1957.
The majority of low-performing schools that received financial assistance from the federal government two years ago made gains in reading and math scores, but about one-third of the schools actually declined or showed no improvement.
John LeGendre has longstanding ties with Glendale Landmark, formerly known as Unit One and Glendale Grammar School. His grandmother and mother taught at the school, he attended Unit One and his two sons currently attend Landmark. He tells his kids: “We have history there, so you have to behave yourself.” That’s 100 years of history—an achievement few and far between in a state so newly built out.
Mayfield High School junior Jacqueline Sanchez will take 14 standardized tests this year. "We are no longer tested based on what is taught," Jacqueline told a crowd of students, parents and educators Wednesday evening. "We are taught based on what is being tested, and that is abusive."
Charlie Baker spent his morning at Rogers Middle School in the Hyde Park neighborhood of Boston. The Massachusetts Candidate for Governor was shadowing Curtis Cowts as part of the city's principal for a day program, where leaders from government to business to the arts see the highs and lows first-hand of running a Boston school.
Inland schools in Pomona, Calif., will get $12.7 million in Prop. 39 funds to plan energy-efficiency projects for school districts and charter schools. The initiatives will help create jobs, protect the environment, save money, and create teachable moments for students.
Four men were arrested for trespassing at a Seattle school building where their organization taught a culturally-based curriculum for African-American students. Representatives from Seattle Public Schools, which owns the off-campus Horace Mann building, said that the district wanted to renovate the facility and called the police because some members of the organization refused to leave.
The New York State Assembly criticized plans to create a statewide website to store students' test scores and make the information available to parents. Assembly members spent two hours Wednesday questioning Education Commissioner John King about potential security breaches in the system.
Efforts to require that most Texas high school students take Algebra II under new graduation standards suffered a blow Wednesday when the chairmen of the House and Senate education committees flatly rejected the idea.
State Board of Education members are slated to adopt the new biology books this week after discussing potential changes in hearings that begin Wednesday. The materials need board approval to be on the state’s recommended list of textbooks and e-books.
Seclusion rooms come in many shapes and sizes. Some have windows or padding. Typically, children are placed in the rooms alone and are not allowed to leave until an adult allows them to do so. Often, the rooms are small in size.