November 6-8, 2014
November 6-8, 2014
November 21-23, 2014
December 3-6, 2014
San Diego, Calif.
Police are about to crack down on cellphone use in school zones and rightfully so. The new Louisiana law prohibiting cellphone use while driving in school zones during posted hours went into effect in August. It is unlikely that lawmakers will go so far as to require technology disabling devices while driving, so we must practice self-discipline.
Technology firm Dyn has struggled to lure top engineers to its Manchester, N.H., office. So the company is helping to create a four-year STEAM high school program that will set to function as a high school within a high school. In addition to staples like social studies, students will get coursework in engineering and the arts and work with local businesses through internships and mentorships.
In Louisiana’s fierce education debates, policies sometimes are getting shaped more by what occurs in the courtroom than in the classroom. More than a half-dozen pending lawsuits involve disputes over classroom standards, education financing and decision-making authority in local school districts. The most recent was filed last week, challenging $60 million in charter school funding.
Philadelphia teachers vowed to fight a sudden move by the district Monday that cancels their union contract and forces them to start paying health premiums. District leaders have said there was nothing else to cut after years of funding woes that have prompted nearly $1 billion in cuts that includes the loss of 5,000 positions and the closure of 30 schools.
In a surprise move, the commission that governs the financially troubled Philadelphia public school system canceled the teachers union contract and decided educators must contribute to their health insurance for the first time to free up money for classrooms.
West Bend could’ve been home to the state’s largest high school, but the community and the school board have voted against the proposal. For about 45 years, West Bend East and West Bend West high schools have operated separately out of the same building.
The Baltimore school system is asking a judge to settle a dispute with the union over changes to teacher evaluations. The Baltimore Teachers Union in June filed a class action grievance against the school system over changes to the evaluation system that affect teacher ratings and pay.
Sheila M. Harrity, the principal of Worcester Technical High School, is the new superintendent of the Fitchburg-based Montachusett Regional Vocational Technical School District.
Edward Lee Vargas is stepping down as Kent School District's superintendent to accept a position with a national educational nonprofit organization. He will begin his transition over the next few months.
Schools in the suddenly robust Las Vegas community are so packed that 13 of them stay open 12 months a year. But the growth, if a welcome sign of economic vitality, is overwhelming the district. Teachers are scrambling to educate students without the classrooms they need and with no prospect of new ones being built any time soon.
As concern grows over the low number of black and Latino students at New York City’s specialized high schools, debate rages over the longstanding policy of a single test determining entry into these elite schools. Under the current system, it's hard for parents to determine schools where their children meet the grade and test score requirements.
Dozens of North Dakota school districts might benefit from a one-time federal grant intended to help them plan for emergencies. The state Department of Public Instruction has been awarded $250,000 from the U.S. Department of Education to help rural districts review, revise or develop emergency operations plans.