When does a local education fight become a national bellwether? When it touches a policy lightning rod, scrambles partisan allegiances and involves political actors who stand in for whole political ideologies.
In the next week, the district will be making the difficult decision about closing neighborhood schools. What is needed is a new set of policies that address the underlying pathology behind school closure. If we do not do this, we will find ourselves having this same discussion year after year.
The Union County School Board, in a surprise vote, approved a redistricting plan before an upset crowd that will require 3,200 out of 41,800 students to switch schools. The plan was amended to exempt current fourth and seventh-graders and all high school students, as long as they provided their own transportation.
Almost half of the students text or email while driving, only one in five are eating their fruits and veggies every day and an increasing number are playing video games for more than three hours a day, according to the Ohio Department of Health's Youth Risk Behavior Survey.
A new statewide tally shows 35 out of 252 school budgets were defeated in town meeting voting, the most since 2003, as voters reacted to the possibilities of increased local school tax rates and state property rates.
A bill was advanced to tweak how letter grades are given to schools based on year-end testing and graduation rates. One change would end the practice of giving an automatic F grade if schools fail to test at least 95 percent of students.
The school board passed a resolution opposing the state’s plan to offer pay raises to top teachers in return for giving up tenure rights. They charged that the new contracts would hurt teachers’ morale, inhibit their spirit of collaboration and would not fairly pay enough teachers for their hard work.
Rep. Rick Stream, the House budget committee chairman, proposed increasing K12 public schools' funding at Governor Nixon’s recommended amount of $278 million for fiscal year 2015—but only if Nixon’s revenue estimate of 5.2 percent growth proves true.
Recognizing school boards for taking bold and innovative steps to advance public education, the grand prize Magna Awards winners are St. Charles Parish Public Schools in Luling, La., Orleans/Niagara Board of Cooperative Educational Services in Medina, N.Y. and Kent School District in Kent, Wash.
Saying its college admission exams do not focus enough on the important academic skills, the College Board announced a fundamental rethinking of the SAT, eliminating obligatory essays, ending the longstanding penalty for guessing wrong and cutting obscure vocabulary words.
Janice Wycoff will start her new term as superintendent at Clear Fork Valley Local Schools on August 1. David Ritter, interim superintendent at Clear Fork, will stay in that position until Wycoff begins.
SAU 50, which serves the communities of Greenland, New Castle, Rye and Newington, has selected Salvatore Petralia to fill the superintendent position held by Dr. George Cushing, who is retiring at the end of June.
Dell has named a group of 12 young leaders under the age of 22 Dell Youth Innovation Advisors. They will contribute to the company’s technology and solutions strategy in the education sector and serve as advocates for the student voice to ensure Dell is providing students with the tools they need to succeed.
The online professional learning company has launched a skills assessment feature for its technology training that enables users to gauge their progress mastering the skills taught through Atomic Learning's library of tutorials.