The Arizona Department of Education will disperse about $8.4 million for schools to pay for school-resource officers, security upgrades and emergency planning, after receiving approval Thursday from a legislative oversight committee.
Portland Public Schools this fall will see new leaders in various buildings and departments as retirements, departures and a magnet program closure and reconfiguration give way to an administrative shuffle.
It has been a hectic and turbulent year of budget cuts, layoffs and transfers for teachers and classified staff in many school districts. It sounds more like corporate America downsizing and the unknowns of the stock market and our economy.
The Hawaii Department of Education is supposed to put a laptop or tablet in the hands of every public school student, and it has $8 million to figure out how to make the digital device initiative work during the coming school year. But the department appears to be off to a rocky—and rushed—start.
As Dr. Verna Ruffin moves into her new role as head of the Jackson-Madison County (Tenn.) school system this week, one of the biggest challenges she faces is to plan for the district's technological future.
Superintendent of Public Instruction Mike Flanagan outlined a hybrid proposal for countywide school operations to be run by existing intermediate school districts in a report to the chairmen of the House and Senate K-12 education appropriations committees.
The federal Chief Information Officers council is creating an innovation committee that will identify and analyze cutting-edge technology. The committee will look ahead three years and identify potential uses and problems associated with technologies being developed, including mobile devices.
Recently, ASCD appointed Gregory Smith as the association’s first chief technology officer. Here, he talks about how his new role fits in with ASCD’s commitment to delivering high-quality professional development to educators.
The Philadelphia district has been in trouble for 10 years. But such dire financial straits could occur in any U.S. school district as the influence of charter schools mixed with funding cuts for traditional public schools combine for a perfect storm of financial distress.