June 28–July 1, 2014
June 28–July 1, 2014
Political battles over teaching in the last decade have focused on complexities of pensions, evaluations and standardized testing, often ignoring a basic but critical issue: Attendance.
Paterson education officials may soon regain partial control over city schools for the first time in 23 years. The New Jersey Board of Education will vote on a resolution this week that would give the city's nine elected school commissioners control over operations while leaving the most important functions in the state’s hands.
Penn Yan Superintendent David Hamilton will take over the Baldwinsville Central School District next month. He was selected to replace current Superintendent Jeanne Dangle, who announced that she would retire at the end of the school year.
School Superintendent Walter Dansby offered his resignation as the Texas district's leader. He first joined the school district as a teacher and coach in 1974. Dansby continued to rise through administrative roles overseeing instruction, athletics, student affairs and maintenance.
InFocus Corporation has added an 80-inch Mondopad to its family of large-format touchscreen conference room tablets. InFocus has also released a new version of the Mondopad software with many enhanced features.
State attorneys filed a motion seeking to remove the presiding judge in the long-running Texas school finance case because of alleged improper communications – primarily e-mails – between the judge and lawyers for the plaintiff school districts.
Federal law states that students are entitled to an appropriate public education in the least restrictive environment. Some parents feel their local public schools aren't meeting their children's needs and see specialized schools for autistic children as a godsend. For others, they raise a new set of questions about segregation.
The Indianapolis Charter School Board approved the opening of Francis Marion Academy, a school expected to be within Indianapolis Public Schools, to focus on students released from detention and those suspended or expelled from their home school.
The Reading School Board has put a name and face to its finalist for the district's next superintendent. The school board started with 25 qualified candidates and narrowed the search down to Khalid Mumin, who has served as superintendent of Caroline County Public Schools in Maryland since 2011.
The American Civil Liberties Union of New Jersey filed lawsuits against seven school districts, accusing them of discriminating against immigrant families by requiring government-issued identification from parents trying to enroll their children.
The Oregon Community Foundation has announced a new statewide arts education initiative. Studio to School is a multi-year grant program to support collaborative projects between schools and community arts organizations to design and deliver sustainable arts education opportunities that have the potential for replication.
New York's Education Department is asking almost 4,000 schools to administer trial tests that would be used only for the development of future tests. At least five local districts are refusing to give state "field tests" to students, saying that too much time is already lost to standardized testing.
Some of the most successful public schools in Maryland and Virginia are also the most crowded. Rapid population growth coupled with limited funding of new school construction has left dozens of public schools operating above recommended enrollment - and led some schools to the widespread use of portable classrooms.
With a disproportionate number of black kids being suspended or expelled from preschool, expulsion can be an early step into the pipeline that funnels black youngsters from school to prison. Expulsion can create an emotional scarring from which they never recover. At the very least, it pushes them further behind the learning curve and closer to dropping out of school.