May 8, 2014
May 8, 2014
Once the Alaska Legislature has increased the per-student state allocation, the next step is to look again at the quality of rural school education. We need to find ways to permanently improve the disparity between rural and urban schools.
June 28-July 1, 2014
Utah’s school grading system would spread to colleges and universities, include more information and potentially drop controversial letter grades, under a proposal unveiled by the governor’s education adviser. The proposal aims to be more transparent and to show how schools are progressing toward state leaders’ education goals.
November 4-7, 2014
Palm Springs, Calif.
Raleigh County chose one of its own, Assistant Superintendent David Price, to lead the 30-school district as superintendent. He will replace Superintendent Jim Brown.
Administrator Robert R. Neu has been chosen to lead Oklahoma’s largest school district. He is currently superintendent of Federal Way Public Schools in Washington, a 22,000-student district that is about half the size of Oklahoma City’s district.
A new law is getting rid of a 2008 state-mandated graduation requirement for seniors to complete a yearlong culminating project. However, local school boards will ultimately be allowed to decide whether to keep the senior project for the class of 2015 and beyond.
Chicago is adding the International Baccalaureate model to five more elementary and middle schools this fall. The expansion covers about 1,500 students and will provide updated art, science and library facilities and training for teachers and staff.
Harrisburg revised its district recovery plan after finding $11 million in its coffers. As a result, employees will receive a payment covering the 5 percent salary cut taken this year and full-day kindergarten will continue. The tax increases originally anticipated when the district believed it was facing a $4.5 million deficit will not occur.
A state school finance bill has been signed that will send millions of dollars to schools and end mandatory due process hearings before experienced teachers can be fired. It allocates $129 million to close gaps in the capital outlay fund and the local option budget fund.
For Earth Day, PBS LearningMedia is featuring a collection of free resources for classrooms focused on the environment: l <3 Earth. The digital collection includes topics such as recycling, climate change and animal habitats.
Elite Screens launched its Starling retractable electric projection screen as a more refined option for CE Retail sales. It will be available in a range of sizes including 100", 120" and 135" in 16:9 HDTV format.
Benchmark Education launched a new reading practice book series in print format for students in grades three through six and aligned to Common Core State Standards. Each Short Reads for Finding Text Evidence grade-level set consists of a teacher’s guide and student practice books.
There are many urban and rural children in New Jersey who are over age and under accredited and on their way to leaving school without a credential. Many of these young people have experienced trauma and are challenged by limited cognitive skills that restrict their ability to enter the workforce as it stands.