As of July 1, Dale Lumley, currently South Butler's superintendent, will be the new superintendent for the larger Butler Area district. The South Butler School Board promoted Assistant Superintendent Michael Leitera to superintendent.
Wrapping up a three-month search, the Wyandotte board chose Catherine Cost as the district's new superintendent. She has been serving as assistant superintendent of instruction at Farmington Public Schools since 2006.
The makers of Yik Yak, a smartphone app blocked in Chicago earlier this month, have extended the block to many of the nation's high schools and middle schools following a bomb scare at a California high school. The social media app works with the GPS in a phone to set up geographical boundaries where users can post anonymously.
New or expanding charters in New York City will get access to facilities, but existing ones already in private spaces will not receive as much aid in the tentative state budget deal. All charters in the state will receive an extra $1,100 in per-pupil aid from the state that would be spread out over three years.
A new report from the Thomas B. Fordham Institute and the Center for American Progress finds school board members with a background in public education are not better informed than their colleagues. It also suggests the makeup of local school boards can have a measurable effect on student achievement.
A Minnesota district has agreed to pay $70,000 to settle a lawsuit filed in 2012 by the American Civil Liberties Union of Minnesota. The suit claimed school officials violated a student's constitutional rights by viewing her Facebook and emails without permission.
The School for the Agricultural Sciences is the newest addition to the Pennsylvania Governor’s School of Excellence, a program that exposes high school students to a variety of STEM fields. It will be a month-long program where students will learn about agriculture and natural resources.
A new report released by the Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights shows that excessively punitive policies are being used in the public school system—even against preschoolers. This should shame the nation and force it to re-evaluate the destructive measures that schools are using against their most vulnerable children.
A Pass Educational Group, LLC is one of 12 companies in Michigan that has been selected to receive the Michigan Small Business Development Center’s Best Small Business Award. These companies were chosen from over 5,500 small businesses that the center provided with counseling and training in 2013.
MindPlay announced a new reading fluency with comprehension program for K12 schools, FLRT. This personal trainer for silent reading has been updated for text complexity and to include comprehension. Stories are certified by MetaMetrics to meet Common Core text complexity and Lexile reading level requirements.
Community Charter School in Buffalo has lost its yearlong battle to stay open. A State Supreme Court judge dismissed the lawsuit and ruled in favor of the state Education Department to close the school because of poor student performance.
One hundred percent of over 400 K12 district administrators participating in a national Schoolwires survey responded that hosting should remain funded by the FCC as a Priority One Service within the E-rate program.
In 2012, Florida made transfers within districts easier for scholastic and athletic reasons. Subsequently, the number of transfers increased. In one county, district officials launched an internal review of district policies after multiple athletes transferred to one school. Perhaps the review will address the questionable matter of recruiting.