Submitted by Ariana Fine on Tue, 06/03/2014 - 11:05pm
The Gary School Board voted to close six school buildings, including three elementary schools, a special needs center, a middle school and the Lew Wallace STEM Academy. Twelve schools will remain open. The city has lost 50 percent of its population, 60 percent of the staff does not live in the city, and the tax collection is at 42 percent.
Submitted by Ariana Fine on Tue, 06/03/2014 - 10:51pm
The Maine Charter School Commission voted to extend the enrollment deadline after Maine’s first virtual charter school reached a June 1 deadline nearly 50 percent short of the 243 students it’s required to enroll for the next school year. As a result, districts that will lose funding for students who switch to the online school may have less time to plan or adjust their budgets.
Submitted by Ariana Fine on Tue, 06/03/2014 - 4:03pm
High school graduation rates in Wyoming continue to slip this year. Wyoming's high school graduation rate show that females are more likely to graduate from high school than their male peers. In addition, the graduation rate among Native American students is at its lowest point in four years at 42 percent.
Submitted by Ariana Fine on Tue, 06/03/2014 - 3:54pm
Boston should unshackle schools from union-contract provisions and central-office mandates that undermine teaching and learning and instead let all of them operate autonomously, much like charter schools, according to a report released by The Boston Foundation.
Submitted by Ariana Fine on Tue, 06/03/2014 - 1:30pm
In Florida's Pasco County, Superintendent Kurt Browning has recommended eliminating the honoring of valedictorians and salutatorians beginning with next year's freshman class. Instead, top-performing students would be honored in groups by Latin terms signifying achievement levels.
Submitted by Ariana Fine on Tue, 06/03/2014 - 1:32am
Paterson education officials may soon regain partial control over city schools for the first time in 23 years. The New Jersey Board of Education will vote on a resolution this week that would give the city's nine elected school commissioners control over operations while leaving the most important functions in the state’s hands.
Submitted by Ariana Fine on Tue, 06/03/2014 - 1:23am
Political battles over teaching in the last decade have focused on complexities of pensions, evaluations and standardized testing, often ignoring a basic but critical issue: Attendance.
Submitted by Ariana Fine on Tue, 06/03/2014 - 1:11am
With a disproportionate number of black kids being suspended or expelled from preschool, expulsion can be an early step into the pipeline that funnels black youngsters from school to prison. Expulsion can create an emotional scarring from which they never recover. At the very least, it pushes them further behind the learning curve and closer to dropping out of school.
Submitted by Ariana Fine on Tue, 06/03/2014 - 12:46am
Some of the most successful public schools in Maryland and Virginia are also the most crowded. Rapid population growth coupled with limited funding of new school construction has left dozens of public schools operating above recommended enrollment - and led some schools to the widespread use of portable classrooms.
Submitted by Ariana Fine on Tue, 06/03/2014 - 12:41am
New York's Education Department is asking almost 4,000 schools to administer trial tests that would be used only for the development of future tests. At least five local districts are refusing to give state "field tests" to students, saying that too much time is already lost to standardized testing.