The San Francisco USD's board approved a resolution committing to increase access to after-school programs for its 26,005 K5 students. Beginning in the 2014-2015 school year, the district will seek to expand the capacity at schools where more space is needed for after-school programs already in place.
The state's board will be considering the addition of Mexican American Studies as an official high school elective. Over 50 percent of the state's public school students are Hispanic. The board is considering a total of 20 new courses this week with several already being developed in response to legislation from the 2013 session.
A federal judge dismissed a lawsuit challenging the Alabama Accountability Act and said the public school students who filed the suit failed to prove the legislation treats them unequally. The law allows students in failing public schools to transfer to non-failing schools or private schools while their parents get tax credits to cover the cost.
A proposed merger of two districts in Pennsylvania’s Berks County is being pushed not only as a way to cut costs, but also as a “moral obligation” of the wealthier township. The merger, which is drawing criticism from some parents, students and taxpayers, would create a regional model to serve approximately 5,000 students.
The Illinois legislature is considering 11 bills that would, among other things, limit where charters can be located, ban them from marketing themselves to students, and abolish a commission that has the power to overrule local boards and grant charter licenses.
Students involved in sexting inappropriate images at a Barrington middle school are now facing more serious consequences as a criminal investigation has been launched rather than punishments through the school's student discipline code.
A measure was passed that would provide $2 million to keep the Normandy district open for the rest of the school year. Normandy was financially solvent prior to last summer’s state Supreme Court ruling that upheld the transfer law, which allows children in unaccredited districts to transfer to better schools at their home district's expense.
Dual enrollment options at the local community college and flexible scheduling are among the new offerings students at Ann Arbor Public Schools will find this fall. The district will also be moving a student development program into its A2 Tech High School building to offer students in both tracks more options as part of a "Pathways to Success" campus.
A high school and an elementary school will be shut down or drastically changed under New York Education Department rules. Both schools failed to raise academic performance over the last three years despite intensive state help. The state also is replacing a second elementary school with the new Syracuse Latin School.
Weld North Holdings has acquired a 100 percent interest in two Utah-based companies. Imagine Learning designs and develops language and literacy software for struggling readers, early childhood students and the English-language learner student population. Truenorthlogic is SaaS-based K12 talent management provider.
Earlier this year, Chicago released statistics showing that charter schools, including those in Noble's privately-run network, expel students at a rate dramatically higher than district-run schools. At Noble, which runs 14 campuses throughout the city, there is a strict discipline code that includes fines for disciplinary infractions.
President Obama announced a $7 million grant to Bladensburg High School, part of a larger effort by the administration to help U.S. students catch up with the rest of the world in college and career training. The award is a piece of the $107 million Youth CareerConnect grant program.
According to a new study from the CATO Institute, there has been essentially no correlation between what states have spent on education and their measured academic outcomes. It seems America's educational productivity appears to have stagnated, as least as measured by the NAEP and SAT.