The measures vary from district to district, depending on the availability of resources. Some have added new alarms, classroom door locks and security cameras. Some have considered hiring new police officers and security guards.
Public schools around the country are adopting web-based services that collect and analyze personal details about students without adequately safeguarding the information from potential misuse by service providers, according to new research.
A year after a gunman massacred 26 first-graders and adults in a Connecticut elementary school, educational officials across the United States continue to face the longstanding question of how to best protect their students.
One of the lessons I've learned in my work as a teacher is that learning is not a passive phenomenon, something that can be done to students—it requires the active participation of the learner. We often refer to this personal investment of time and energy as engagement. When students are engaged as learners we see growth, when they are disengaged we see stagnation, or even worse, regression.
A new report calling for South Carolina to increase the state’s investment in charter schools comes as the state still is struggling to recover from the economic downturn and continues to invest heavily in education reform driven by new standards and high-stakes testing. Before investing further in charter schools, South Carolina must consider the full picture now becoming clear about how charter schools perform.
According to a new national report, Newark's charter school enrollment ranks fourth in the nation in growth, increasing 27 percent from 2012, while Camden's charter schools enroll 22 percent of all public school students, an increase from 18 percent the previous year.
The Metro Nashville school district has taken aim at the state's level of education funding, arguing that Davidson County has been shorted millions of dollars, setting the stage for what could be a broad-based assault on state funding levels by districts all over the state.
A surge in kindergarten students has left Framingham, Mass., school officials scrambling for classroom space. In Milford, Mass., educators expect to teach more students than forecast by the census once all of the town’s immigrant children enroll. And Natick is studying whether to build a new middle school to ease overcrowding a year after the town’s $89 million high school opened.
The Harrisburg school district had mixed results on the state Keystone Exams for high school juniors. Scores provided the first formal indication of academic progress in the struggling school system compared to goals set by its Act 141 recovery plan effective last spring.
In a special ABC News "Hidden America" report on Strawberry Mansion High School, located in a poor Philadelphia neighborhood with a high crime rate, that first aired last May, Diane Sawyer and ABC News producers followed the daily lives of the school's students and faculty, including its new principal, during the 2012-13 school year. ABC News went back in November to see how Strawberry Mansion was fairing in the new school year.
"Today" National Investigative Correspondent Jeff Rossen was able to enter one New Jersey school without giving a name. Unescorted, he went looking for the main office, per school policy. As he looked, he walked past several classrooms with kids, stopping at one to ask a teacher for directions. No one asked who he was, or what he was doing there. For two minutes, he walked through the halls, and was only stopped once he arrived at the office.
Bellefontaine City Schools Board of Education members concluded its process of selecting a new superintendent during a special meeting Wednesday evening, during which a current Piqua City Schools administrator was extended a three-year contract effective Aug. 1.
Kenneth Smith, superintendent of Millinocket Schools in Maine, will resign his position when his contract ends on June 30. “I believe I have done all I can to maintain a fine public school system and to move the system ahead,” Smith said in a letter to new school board Chairman Michael Jewers dated Dec. 4, in which he promised to work for an orderly transition to a new superintendent.