The bill would require school districts to obtain written permission from parents prior to students attending “a course of instruction, a class period, an assembly, an organized school function, or instruction of any type that involves human sexual education, human sexuality issues, or information regarding sexual acts.”
Every year, 1.2 million students drop out of high school. Among those who do graduate, one-third need remedial courses in college and far too few actually earn a degree. Many national organizations, including United Way, are focused on changing these odds, and one of the keys to success is to support effective teaching. In fact, students who have the benefit of effective teaching can learn up to an entire grade level more each year than their counterparts.
When your elementary school is in a town where 81 percent of the people live below the poverty line, a poor education may seem to follow right in line with a poor way of life. That was the belief at Clifton Elementary, a school that had been ranked among the bottom 5 percent in the state of Colorado.
There are holes under the roof of the girls weight room at El Rancho High School and birds fly in and leave droppings on the floor, the wooden floor of the boys weight room is in splinters and has to be covered with rubber mats, the science and culinary arts rooms are antiquated, and parts of the girls locker room are covered in mold, the Daily News observed on a visit to the school on April 4.
The 160,000 square-foot building will have 45 classrooms and 12 laboratories. The double-decker school also will house a multi-purpose room, multiple music and art rooms, two gymnasiums, a large cafeteria, spacious hallways, a football field on site, and two driveways for students, staff and parents.
The Janesville (Wis.) School District is looking to boost its digital technology to improve student achievement, but providing a device to every student is not in the cards, at least not yet. The technology improvement plan includes upgrades of existing classroom computers and purchases of more smart boards, with a goal of one smart board in every classroom within two years.
Digital Promise announced that Karen Cator, the former director of the Office of Educational Technology at the U.S. Department of Education, has been named its new president and chief executive officer.
Right now, 31 states allow purely online schools, of which about 275,000 students attended in the 2011-2012 school year, according to “Keeping Pace with K12 Online and Blended Learning,” an annual report from the Evergreen Education Group, which works with districts to improve education outcomes through digital learning.
If you're a school or district leader who is considering using education technology and digital learning in your schools, stop. Technology can play a huge role in boosting student achievement, but simply slapping a netbook on top of a textbook is not enough.
At the state SkillsUSA competition, which involved more than 1,100 students, 14 York County School of Technology students took either a first- or second-place win, according to a news release. Four students qualified for the national competition in June.
A House bill that would revamp high school graduation standards and testing requirements was sent to the full Senate on Tuesday. The Senate Education Committee approved the measure after making several revisions that mirrored earlier Senate legislation on testing and graduation standards.