Submitted by Ariana Fine on Thu, 05/29/2014 - 11:28pm
The state Education Department has ignored its obligation to ensure that all California students receive a minimum level of instructional time, according to a lawsuit filed by the American Civil Liberties Union, Public Counsel and others. The lawsuit contends the lack of quality learning time for these students is in violation of the state Constitution's equal protection guarantee.
Submitted by Ariana Fine on Thu, 05/29/2014 - 10:31pm
A New York high school is the latest in the nation to ban backpacks following several bomb threats, and has even taken extra steps, including sealing up students' lockers. Students at Wantagh High School are being forced to carry their books and belongings in plastic bags and submit to searches when entering the building. But the sealing up of lockers is taking school security to a new level.
Submitted by Ariana Fine on Thu, 05/29/2014 - 1:37am
Boulder Valley Superintendent Bruce Messinger is recommending a $576 million capital construction package for the district's next bond issue, including a new $45 million school in Erie, a new central kitchen and added classroom space to expand preschool and all-day kindergarten programs.
Submitted by Ariana Fine on Thu, 05/29/2014 - 1:35am
Cash-strapped schools desperate to replace leaky roofs and crumbling infrastructure likely will go without state construction money for a third year, school business officials say, since Gov. Tom Corbett's budget proposal continues a moratorium on funding new projects.
Submitted by Ariana Fine on Thu, 05/29/2014 - 1:22am
West Virginia schools are set to get millions to fund construction projects. Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin says the West Virginia School Building Authority successfully sold $26 million in revenue bonds that will fund $30 million in school construction projects.
Submitted by Ariana Fine on Thu, 05/29/2014 - 1:12am
State funding for school construction and maintenance has declined by 85 percent over the past five years in Florida. The funding for the Public Education Capital Outlay (PECO) program comes, in part, from a tax paid on the use of landline phones. A proposal before the legislature would instead shift a portion of the revenue from the tax businesses pay on their electric bills to support PECO.
Submitted by Ariana Fine on Thu, 05/29/2014 - 1:05am
West Contra Costa residents are some of the most generous in the area when it comes to their schools, approving six bond measures to rehabilitate old campuses and build new ones since 1998. But this year's request for another another $270 million comes as significant opposition to the district's spending habits -- and the secrecy with which it shrouds them -- is beginning to bubble.
Submitted by Ariana Fine on Thu, 05/29/2014 - 12:48am
Oregon schools as a whole began a full-scale switch to teaching to the Common Core State Standards this school year. According to results from the TELL Oregon, 80 percent of teachers reported this spring that the curriculum taught in their schools covers the skills called for by the Common Core.
Submitted by Ariana Fine on Thu, 05/29/2014 - 12:43am
A $3.6 billion public school spending plan is headed to the state's House of Representatives. The House Education Committee approved the plan after raising questions about some of the priorities in the plan, including reworking the formula and additional money for high-cost students with disabilities and other changes.
Submitted by Ariana Fine on Thu, 05/29/2014 - 12:37am
The City Council discussed a proposal to keep children from walking away from their schools unnoticed. The bill would require audible alarms on all doors at elementary and special education schools across New York City. Installing audible alarms could run an estimated $1.5 million.