Twenty-five Darien parents filed a complaint with the state Department of Education on March 20 claiming that the Darien special education system does not meet state standards and that federal funding should be pulled from the town.
A half-hour after they got their assignment, several of Katie Gregg's second-graders still were at their desks, headphones plugged into their iPads, reading along with "The Princess and the Frog" and answering questions about the story on a worksheet.
The curlicue letters of cursive handwriting, once considered a mainstay of American elementary education, have been slowly disappearing from classrooms for years. Now, with most states adopting new national standards that don’t require such instruction, cursive could soon be eliminated at most public schools.
Stubblebine, currently superintendent at Monroeville Schools, confirmed both sides have reached a tentative agreement when contacted Friday. The board is expected to approve his contract at 4:30 p.m. Monday at a special meeting.
When legislators struggle just to pass modest education reform proposals, transforming our public school system can seem an impossible goal. And it would be if we asked lawmakers to devise a perfect plan to remake every Iowa school into a lean, mean, 21st Century learning machine.
By launching an on-site health clinic for employees, the Green Bay Area Public School District has cut costs for itself - as well as for teachers and their dependents covered by district health insurance. And the West Bend School District is on the verge of taking the same step.
The prospect of having to get their teens awake and to school 10 minutes earlier and having to find care for their younger children two Wednesday afternoons a month is not going over well with parents in Lynnfield.
Beginning this fall, weather stations, lightning sensors and outdoor alerting sirens from Earth Networks - WeatherBug will be deployed on the rooftops of 13 high schools in the county to help protect more than 25,000 high school students from lightning and other forms of severe weather.