The Winchester Board of Education superintendent told state education officials that the district’s financial situation has become so bad that schools might have to close in December if things don’t turn around.
The Michigan Department of Education does not have an exact cost for the implementation of the Common Core State Standards, but education officials are limited in what actions they can take under the budget provision blocking funding for the standards.
Luna’s proposed 6 percent budget increase — the largest since 2008 — is “a reasonable request,” said state Sen. Dean Cameron, co-chairman of the Legislature’s budget committee. “I think Tom has done a pretty good job of listening to the task force’s recommendations.”
The Chicago Teachers Union blasted proposed guidelines for closing schools that now include shuttering buildings in poor condition, accusing Chicago Public Schools of looking for loopholes in its commitment not to close schools for five years.
Michael Corn has been selected to be Brandeis’ new chief information security & privacy officer and deputy CIO. Corn’s responsibilities at Brandeis will include overseeing information security staff and supervising two divisions in Library & Technology Services, as well as managing other areas within the university.
Oceanographer Robert Ballard announced a $500,000 state grant to extend his online learning project to eight additional public schools. Last year, the General Assembly awarded $500,000 to launch JASON Learning, a nonprofit founded by Ballard that teaches more than 2 million students annually in STEM subjects.
Strapped school district budgets, caused by dwindling state and federal dollars, are forcing parents to dig deeper into their pockets as more school systems in Colorado and across the country turn to student fees to maintain services and programs.
The Stillwater Public Education Foundation launched its Tech-to-Teach campaign, a fundraising effort to raise $50,000 to equip every classroom in the district with projectors, document cameras, and other STEM-related instructional tools. The foundation announced it will jump start the campaign with a $25,000 contribution.
Voters in the Stanwood-Camano School District, on the coast of Skagit Bay, are being asked on the Nov. 5 ballot to approve a replacement tax levy of nearly $29 million.The levy, portioned out over five years, would support repairs to school buildings and upgrade computer technology throughout the Washington district.
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The Pflugerville school board unanimously named Alex Torrez the superintendent of the 23,430-student district. Torrez signed a three-year contract at 7 a.m., and immediately stepped into his new position.
Dr. Carey Wright, a 36-year veteran of teaching and school administration, has spent the majority of her career in Maryland, which ranked first in the nation for five consecutive years, based on the 2013 Quality Counts report on educational quality.