November 21-23, 2014
November 21-23, 2014
December 3-6, 2014
San Diego, Calif.
The Heavy Metal Tour is quickly becoming a tradition, as thousands of eighth-graders from more than 30 central Wisconsin high schools get a chance to tour various local manufacturing facilities to see for themselves the cool, high-tech work that manufacturing has become.
A number of top tech firms made a pledge to keep student data secure. Firms like Microsoft, Amplify, Code.org, DreamBox Learning, and others have signed the Student Privacy Pledge, which commits to the secure handling of data from K12 students. School service providers will not be able to sell student information or change privacy policies without notice.
A California school district settled a claim with the U.S. Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights that alleged officials discriminated against a transgender elementary school student. Downey USD agreed, among other things, to give the student access to female-dedicated facilities and to provide students with age-appropriate information on gender identity.
At Minnesota's River Bend, teachers try yoga and other strategies to help children control their own emotions. They hope that some can leave the school's locked corridors eventually and return to a traditional classroom. While yoga won't cure a behavioral disorder, it seems to be helping some kids.
The Arkansas Board of Education passed a final rule that all public schools would receive an annual report card; however they decided to not include grading alternative learning environment schools. What letter grade a school receives will be based on a point system, including factors such as weighted performance improvement and graduation rates.
North Carolina’s ambitious new Opportunity Scholarship voucher program is being expedited to the state’s Supreme Court after the body announced that it will exercise a rarely-used right to have a case come before it without exhausting proceedings at lower court levels.
The U.S. Department of Education announced 27 new grants today totaling $39.7 million under the Charter Schools Program to expand high quality charter schools, and open new charter schools across the nation. These grants will support charter schools’ efforts to address high-need students’ needs, especially in underserved areas, in 12 states.
The Jefferson County Board of Education gave the go-ahead for the Catalpa School, a Waldorf-inspired arts school, to start as a K5 school replacing Maupin Elementary. The school will eventually expand to include eighth grade. The state selected JCPS as a District of Innovation, giving it waivers from some state education rules to allow it to experiment.
Brad Rieger, superintendent of Ohio's Sylvania Schools, announced that he will retire on July 31, 2015. He originally replaced superintendent Les Schultz in 2003. His career in education spans 30 years. Assistant Superintendent Scott Nelson is expected to ascend to the superintendent role.
Officially starting as superintendent on October 1, Darienne Driver is the first woman and one of the youngest individuals to be named superintendent of Milwaukee Public Schools. She has been working as interim superintendent since June when Gregory Thornton resigned to take the position of CEO of Baltimore City Public Schools.
Florence School District One will offer Randy Bridges a contract for employment as superintendent of Florence One, effective January 1, 2015. Bridges' experience has included a superintendent position in Stafford, Va., and in Burlington, N.C.
All classes and school activities were canceled until further notice in South Burlington School District as teachers prepared to begin a strike. Sports, after-school programs and other extracurricular activities and programs will also be canceled. The union and the school board have been negotiating for 10 months for a new contract.
Students from high-poverty public schools are less likely to attend college than those from wealthier ones, regardless of whether they're from urban, suburban or rural areas, according to a report by National Student Clearinghouse. The report found that poverty remains a more important indicator of whether a student will go to college than high school demographics or location.