The development boom will lead Jersey City's public school district enrollment to increase by 25 percent by 2017. According to a new study, the enrollment gains will be in grades K through 5. There are also an inadequate number of pre-K centers for the expected increase in families with small children.
A House education panel approved HB 753, which would allow districts to have at least one "school safety designee" on each campus. That person would be able to carry a concealed gun after taking firearm and school safety training.
Baltimore City is working to raise tuition again for students who live outside of the district but attend city schools. If it passes, it would be the largest increase in almost a decade and the third highest for non-resident students in Maryland.
Proposed legislation in Harrisburg seeks to stop the unfettered flow of unfit educators. Senate Bill 46 would require districts to confidentially share certain information about teachers, closing loopholes that have allowed people unsuited for the classroom to move from job to job.
The South Bay movement to fast-track the opening of charter schools has been dealt a setback, with a court ruling that California's Santa Clara County Board of Education lacks the authority to exempt charter schools from local zoning rules while deciding where to place campuses.
Senate Bill 6552 would require most school districts to implement a 24-credit graduation standard starting with the class of 2019. A 24-credit diploma is something lawmakers identified as a goal five years ago, but never have required.
The 1995 law that created public charter schools is no longer sufficient. New Jersey and the nation have learned a great deal in 17 years about how to serve and support the children and families who rely on a charter education. Now is the time to update the state’s charter school law.
Irving Burton Associates’ In Case of Crisis released its new 3.0 version in four editions–Corporate, Education, Hospitality and Government. The mobile emergency management product is available as an iOS and Android app and now includes incident reporting capabilities and a host of new data security features.
The board voted to close Lower Milford Elementary School in several years and demolish Hopewell Elementary School. The district would then build a 57,000-square-foot school on the Hopewell property. The plan will cost $17.75 million with no set timeline.
Parents may soon be able to freely pick their child’s public school for the next school year, regardless of neighborhood or school feeder pattern, thanks to a new proposal to open enrollment for all of Duval’s 117,000 public school students.
The construction of 1500 solar arrays at three of Willows Unified School District's campuses was completed with little disruption to the schools. Officials hope the solar project will save the district an average of $300,000 a year on utility costs over the 25-to-30-year life of the panels.
Urban school systems need something individualized and intensive as a safety net to help prevent students who start falling behind from falling completely through the cracks. But there is also a larger lesson here that it is not too late to help children from disadvantaged backgrounds even once they reach adolescence.