By the time the 113th Congress winds down, lawmakers will have passed precisely one (the Workforce Investment Act) of more than half a dozen pieces of education legislation overdue for reauthorization. Languishing on that list for the last few years has been the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), which guarantees students with disabilities the right to an education and promises states some money with which to pay for that education.
GCA Education Services, a division of GCA Services Group, Inc., signed a five-year contract with Blackfoot School District #55 to provide custodial services for its 15 facilities, which encompass over 780,000 square feet of space.
Annedroids, Amazon's newest original children's series, is now available for unlimited streaming on Prime Instant Video at no additional cost to Prime members. Aimed at children aged four through seven, Annedroids is a live-action adventure series that spotlights how STEAM can inspire children to do great things.
A Commonwealth Court ruling could pave the way for charter schools outside Philadelphia to expand their operations and take on more students. Current state law allows charter schools in Philadelphia to operate at multiple locations, but it limits all other charter schools to single locations.
The Center for the Advancement of Science in Space and National Geographic Learning are developing a science education initiative designed to engage young learners in STEM education. The programming will deliver content related to space travel and space-based research in a model designed for elementary science classrooms.
The Santa Clara County Board of Education appointed Jon R. Gundry as the new county superintendent of schools. The sole finalist for the position, Gundry currently serves as superintendent of the Pasadena USD.
The Sterling Board of Education chose Brenda Needham as its new superintendent. Needham is currently the superintendent at the Rivendell Interstate School District in New Hampshire.
A judge rejected the latest effort by Union County parents to stop the school district’s controversial redistricting plan. The redistricting was designed to ease overcrowding by sending several thousand students to less-crowded schools. Much of the overcrowding is in the fast-growing western portion of the county.
Texas will take an additional year to pilot a controversial new state teacher evaluation system. The new policy — which for the first time ties teacher assessments to student performance on standardized tests — is also the first update to teacher evaluations the state has made in 17 years.
The public has no right to know the names of Los Angeles Unified School District teachers in connection with their job performance ratings, according to a court ruling.The panel accepted the district's contention that releasing the names would lead to resentment and jealousy among teachers, spur "unhealthy" comparisons among staff, and interfere with teacher recruitment.