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.
The International Society for Technology in Education today announced its 2013-2014 board officers. At the ISTE 2013 conference and expo in June, Kecia Ray, Ed.D., took the helm of the board as president. Ray is the executive director of learning technologies and library services at Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools.
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.
Heralded as a visionary, conciliatory leader when tapped last year to become Santa Clara County's top educator, Xavier De La Torre now is accused of creating an atmosphere of fear that has employees fleeing and his bosses unhappy enough to deny him extra pay.
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.