Seven Chicago Public Schools that seemed doomed to go away in a record round of school closings won a last-minute reprieve in May that felt, said parents. But now an uncertainty has set in about what the upcoming school year could look like, given budget cuts at some of those schools.
The communities of Buena Vista and Inkster today became the first that will see their school systems dissolved under a new law after local officials missed a 5 p.m. deadline to find money to help operate next school year.
One of the biggest impediments to the growth of the charter school movement isn’t anger, fear or even politics. It’s financing. A new survey found that N.Y. charter schools that aren’t housed in school district space spend 15 percent of their budget just on rent or mortgages—even more if they’re operating in New York City.
The St. John the Baptist Parish School Board voted unanimously at a special meeting to appoint Kevin George as the new superintendent. George will be in charge of the more than 6,000-student school district.
Plymouth (Mass.) school officials have appointed Kristin Wilson as principal at Hedge Elementary School; Scott Williams as principal at West Elementary School; and Stacey Rogers as the district’s special education director.
The Sacramento County Board of Education is looking for a new member. The board will accept applications for its Area 5 trustee position until Aug. 15, and will appoint a new trustee at its Aug. 20 meeting.
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 United Arab Emirates donated $4.5 million to the Hurricane Sandy New Jersey Relief Fund. The money is to be distributed to 30 schools in nine districts to repair and enhance the schools' communications infrastructure.
Recognizing that Countryside Elementary School (Newton, Mass.) was woefully behind other elementary schools in incorporating technology into the curriculum, the Countryside PTO Technology Campaign raised $72,000 this school year for technology in its classrooms and library.