July 14–17, 2014
Santa Fe, N.M.
July 14–17, 2014
Santa Fe, N.M.
Boston should unshackle schools from union-contract provisions and central-office mandates that undermine teaching and learning and instead let all of them operate autonomously, much like charter schools, according to a report released by The Boston Foundation.
The Maine Charter School Commission voted to extend the enrollment deadline after Maine’s first virtual charter school reached a June 1 deadline nearly 50 percent short of the 243 students it’s required to enroll for the next school year. As a result, districts that will lose funding for students who switch to the online school may have less time to plan or adjust their budgets.
The Gary School Board voted to close six school buildings, including three elementary schools, a special needs center, a middle school and the Lew Wallace STEM Academy. Twelve schools will remain open. The city has lost 50 percent of its population, 60 percent of the staff does not live in the city, and the tax collection is at 42 percent.
Schools are strapped for cash and cutting back, so students are relying more on booster clubs to raise money. The clubs are usually nonprofits run by parents. An NBC News investigation found dozens of cases where some of those parents were stealing from the kids — tens or even hundreds of thousands of dollars.
Gov. Terry McAuliffe announced a partnership with a San Francisco-based nonprofit working to improving Internet access in public schools. The pilot project with EducationSuperHighway will wire Virginia for broadband, starting with schools. Virginia was selected, in part, because data suggest its schools pay more for Internet service and network connectivity.
In Florida's Pasco County, Superintendent Kurt Browning has recommended eliminating the honoring of valedictorians and salutatorians beginning with next year's freshman class. Instead, top-performing students would be honored in groups by Latin terms signifying achievement levels.
Des Moines' school board decided that teachers will not be able to accrue benefits for unused time off after this June and moved to cap the amount that can be spent on the district's early retirement program in the 2015-2016 fiscal year. The revised program will also give out a payment in one lump sum, instead of over five years.
PlascoTrac's new cloud-based incident management solution, Hero, has been selected by Horry County Schools in Myrtle Beach, S.C., to help streamline the process of creating, approving and reporting incidents within its schools using the Incident Manager module of PlascoTrac's PowerSchool.
Maryland’s Prince George’s County Public Schools and Discovery Education are expanding their 10-year partnership. In this new phase of collaboration, Discovery Education will present the largest professional development event in the school system’s history, as well as provide students access to Discovery Education Science Techbook in the 2014-2015 school year.
Edgenuity has released its new Algebra I, a full-year course focuses on the Common Core model pathway for algebra. The program is designed to deepen students’ understanding of linear and exponential functions and develop fluency in writing and solving one-variable equations and inequalities.
High school graduation rates in Wyoming continue to slip this year. Wyoming's high school graduation rate show that females are more likely to graduate from high school than their male peers. In addition, the graduation rate among Native American students is at its lowest point in four years at 42 percent.
June 22–24, 2014
Downers Grove, Ill.
The problem is not only getting girls to computer class, but keeping them there. While parents often worry about recreational “screen time,” some educators now believe that gaming could be a way to get girls interested in coding, and even to increase the numbers of girls in STEM
Cassia County school officials have a new administrator for Cassia Regional Technical Center. Curtis Richins, who taught business education for the last 10 years at Mount Harrison High School, has been hired to replace Carl Voigt.