October 30-November 2, 2014
October 30-November 2, 2014
November 4-7, 2014
Palm Springs, Calif.
Seven new or renovated high schools are opening this year in Boston’s suburbs at an average cost of $100 million each. New technology to boost students’ learning and increase security include at least 200 surveillance cameras at each high school, Chromebooks and a public access cable station.
Robert Berkowitz was picked as the new director of technology for South Washington County Schools. He’s worked in the technology department since 2012 and was manager of systems and networks during the rollout of the district’s new technology initiative.
The board of Prospect's Region 16 hired Matthew Brennan as the district's new director of technology. He was previously the technology coordinator for Litchfield's public schools. Brennan will replace Bruce Bartmess, who has officially retired.
New Media Technology Charter School in Philadelphia and its unionized teachers have ratified their first-ever contract. The agreement includes options for higher pay for teachers with specialized certifications.
New York City reached a nearly $68 million contract agreement with the school safety agents union to give agents 10 percent raises over the course of a new, 7-year contract. In addition, the union's school safety agents will receive about $38 million in retroactive pay to settle a federal class-action pay discrimination lawsuit filed by the agents — two-thirds of whom are women.
Orange County voters agreed to pay for 10 more years of school construction and renovation, continuing a half-penny sales tax that has been in place for more than a decade. The $2 billion it is expected to raise will be used to replace or refurbish 59 schools and upgrade technology.
A bill that would impose restrictions on charter schools seeking to locate outside the boundaries of the district that charters them passed the state Assembly. It is now scheduled to go back to the California Senate for a concurrence vote.
Panorama Education is partnering with Harvard University’s Graduate School of Education to launch Panorama Student Survey as a free, open source product. Panorama Education will offer the survey free for new and existing school, school district and state education department customers.
If speed cameras in school zones - and warnings of cameras -- slow down drivers, that's a win for public safety. But it also means the cameras won't generate much revenue, because speeding will decline. If the cameras create a ton of revenue because no one slows down, that means plenty of cash, but it also means the cameras aren't keeping people from speeding.
Milton Friedman's article, "Selling School like Groceries," asked readers to consider a scenario in which grocery stores operated under the same provisions as public elementary and secondary schools. The feasibility of a system that enables one to give as much thought to selecting a child's school as one does with groceries needs to examined.
Despite the school’s financial woes, a Philadelphia judge has ruled that Girard College may not drop its high school and boarding programs. The board that oversees the 165-year-old school says the decision threatens its financial stability.
Plenty of plagiarism is intentional. Many of the matches anti-plagarism software finds come from paper mills, cheat sites and other students' papers. As plagiarism-detecting technology improves, some students intent on cheating will find ways to outsmart it. But with anti-plagarism software companies adding hundreds of thousands of student papers a day, intentional plagiarism is riskier than ever.
October 15-18, 2014