Submitted by Ariana Fine on Tue, 08/26/2014 - 11:38pm
Schools that can’t afford new technology may cause young students to lag behind their peers at affluent schools. The Educational Technology Foundation of Western New York, a volunteer group, installs computers and laptops, donated by local businesses and companies, to underserved schools and community centers.
Submitted by Ariana Fine on Tue, 08/26/2014 - 11:34pm
A bill that would impose restrictions on charter schools seeking to locate outside the boundaries of the district that charters them passed the state Assembly. It is now scheduled to go back to the California Senate for a concurrence vote.
Submitted by Ariana Fine on Tue, 08/26/2014 - 11:28pm
Orange County voters agreed to pay for 10 more years of school construction and renovation, continuing a half-penny sales tax that has been in place for more than a decade. The $2 billion it is expected to raise will be used to replace or refurbish 59 schools and upgrade technology.
Submitted by Ariana Fine on Tue, 08/26/2014 - 11:25pm
New York City reached a nearly $68 million contract agreement with the school safety agents union to give agents 10 percent raises over the course of a new, 7-year contract. In addition, the union's school safety agents will receive about $38 million in retroactive pay to settle a federal class-action pay discrimination lawsuit filed by the agents — two-thirds of whom are women.
Submitted by Ariana Fine on Tue, 08/26/2014 - 12:38am
State officials are expected to release information on end-of-grade and end-of-course testing in area schools next week, but letter grades assigned to schools won’t be released until next year. It will include graduation rates, end-of-grade proficiency, end-of-course proficiency and some other measures.
Submitted by Ariana Fine on Tue, 08/26/2014 - 12:33am
Our local leaders chose to give up federal lunch subsidies and not meet the new federal school nutrition guidelines. But decisions about what our kids eat at school are not just personal ones that affect one family. Instead, the leaders could have chosen to provide healthier options that could lead to the students’ sharing ideas at home and possibly increasing everyone’s quality of life and health.
Submitted by Ariana Fine on Tue, 08/26/2014 - 12:23am
Only 23 percent of Montana students met ACT college readiness benchmarks in all four subjects – English, reading, math and science. To improve readiness for post-secondary education, Montana education leaders should take a close look at what the best-performing states are doing and adopt best practices.
Submitted by Ariana Fine on Tue, 08/26/2014 - 12:13am
Hawaii's public elementary schools have made significant headway in reducing the number of students chronically absent, according to the Hawaii State Department of Education 2013-14 Strive HI Performance System results. The state saw a 7 percent drop in chronic absenteeism from 18 to 11 percent for 2013-2014 while 163 of 169 elementary schools improved their chronic absenteeism rates.
Submitted by Ariana Fine on Mon, 08/25/2014 - 11:57pm
The West Allis-West Milwaukee School District is trying to rebound from one of the biggest teacher turnovers it's ever seen to keep education from suffering. More than 100 teachers have quit or retired, including the superintendent.
Submitted by Ariana Fine on Mon, 08/25/2014 - 11:51pm
The rising percentage of Kansas children who receive free or reduced-price lunches at school is a genuine trend linked to poverty, not a ploy to boost school funding, the Kansas Association of School Boards said. The report is a response to questions concerning why the percentage is climbing and whether the increase might be linked to schools gaming the system to exploit changes in the state’s school finance formula.