June 28–July 1, 2014
June 28–July 1, 2014
July 10–12, 2014
With the Plymouth-Canton schools moving to a 1-to-1 technology learning model next year, teachers are going to be asked to do more as administrators shave the ranks of their media specialists in a cost-cutting move aimed at helping eliminate a $6.3 million budget deficit. Among the budget adjustments being recommended is an elimination of six media specialists and 6.3 full-time-equivalent interventionists.
July 14–17, 2014
Santa Fe, N.M.
Binghamton School District will be using digital signage technology from Tightrope Media Systems to deliver information inside the school and over the web. Using Tightrope’s Carousel digital signage solution, the school will broadcast feeds on classroom SMART Boards and large monitors, which will also be replicated on the school’s website.
The calls for criminalizing bullying have grown stronger in recent years. With the continued sensationalization of bullying-related suicides and homicides in the media, of course we want to blame and punish someone. We cannot solve bullying by punishing it away; we must work instead to restore relationships and environments, change attitudes and behaviors and heal those harmed.
The Charleston County school board approved a total general operating budget of $404 million for the 2014-2015 school year, up from $382 million last year. The district had been faced with a $6 million funding gap between its initial spending plan of $407.5 million and projected revenues of $401.5 million.
The National Center for Education Statistics released its annual "Indicators of School Crime and Safety" report, finding that during the 2010-2011 school year, the number of school-related deaths was starting to decrease. However, incidents of theft and violence – including student violence against teachers – are on the rise in America's schools.
Schools across the country and here in Maine are finding that students will come around to the new healthier lunch menus, given time, creativity and persistence. They also are finding that the menus can be costly, at a time when the budgetary cupboard is bare. Though several Maine districts have had notable success with healthier meals, struggling systems should get some leeway so their efforts don’t fail.
The state’s largest teachers union will file a lawsuit in Shawnee County District Court this month against a controversial education bill. Lawmakers increased the amount of funding for public schools to comply with a Kansas Supreme Court decision in March that cited funding inequities among districts, particularly among poorer and wealthier districts. But lawmakers coupled the increase in funding with policy reforms.
In response to former Clarksburg police officer and new Harrison County Board of Education member Michael Daugherty's request for an advisory opinion, the West Virginia Ethics Commission has stated that police officers can’t serve on county boards of education as they already hold a public office.
Teacher, police and firefighter unions in New Jersey have gone to court in an attempt to block the governor's plan to slash the state's contributions to its public retirement system. The lawsuit alleges that the move to reduce pension contributions to $1.38 billion from $3.85 billion through fiscal 2015 is a violation of employees' contract rights under both the state and federal constitutions.
Edvance360 released its Edvance360 LMS-SN Version 7.3.2 learning management system, which includes a number of new features such a LTI-integration with e-textbook provider Vital Source, expiring enrollments reports and more.
Rodney E. Watson has been named the lone finalist for the superintendent position for the Spring ISD. He will oversee operations and staff at 53 campuses. Watson currently serves as the Chief Human Resources Officer for the Houston ISD, which has over 210,000 students and 30,000 employees.
The Augusta County School Board named a replacement for departing Superintendent Chuck Bishop. Assistant Superintendent for Personnel Eric Bond will take over the position as of July 1. Bishop announced his resignation to accept the superintendent’s position in Clarke County.