Submitted by Ariana Fine on Fri, 04/11/2014 - 3:55pm
Clark County's board approved a $2.2 billion budget for the 2014-2015 school year that includes money for more teachers, assistant principals, deans, buses, school support staff and full-day kindergarten classrooms. The district expects a $61 million increase in revenue and plans to eliminate $7 million in contracts.
Submitted by Ariana Fine on Fri, 04/11/2014 - 12:35am
The state Board of Education voted to consolidate the Stephens district with three neighboring districts because of dwindling enrollment. Enrollment in the district fell below the minimum number of students required for two consecutive years, triggering mandatory consolidation or annexation with one or more districts under state law.
Submitted by Ariana Fine on Fri, 04/11/2014 - 12:13am
A state Senate panel approved a bill that would overhaul the East Baton Rouge Parish school system. The proposal would give principals new authority in a bid to improve student performance and allow for more parental input through newly created community school councils.
Submitted by Ariana Fine on Fri, 04/11/2014 - 12:08am
Public districts throughout the state will share $30.2 million in library aid, which will be paid this month from the Common School Fund. Wisconsin has state funding specifically designated for the purchase of materials for school libraries. Aid is based on the number of children between the ages of 4 and 20 living in each district.
Submitted by Ariana Fine on Thu, 04/10/2014 - 11:51pm
The state's auditor general has begun a performance audit of Philadelphia's school district covering the 2008 to 2012 time period. The auditors are expected to be inside the district at the end of the month with a final report expected by 2015.
Submitted by Ariana Fine on Thu, 04/10/2014 - 11:37pm
The launch of the first school voucher program has been approved to give families of as many as 5,000 children vouchers for private school tuition in Tennessee. However, companion legislation remains bottled up in the House, raising the likelihood that lawmakers will adjourn for the year without settling on a plan to roll vouchers out.
Submitted by Ariana Fine on Thu, 04/10/2014 - 6:07pm
Three fundamental flaws in the General State Aid formula have contributed to historic levels of funding inequality: The complexity of the formula, the continual flow of state funding to districts regardless of how much is spent locally per pupil, and the failure to account for extraordinary costs associated with students with special needs.
Submitted by Ariana Fine on Thu, 04/10/2014 - 5:50pm
Tom Leonard, the superintendent of a suburban Chicago district, has been named the lone finalist to lead the Eanes district beginning the next school year. Current Eanes Superintendent Nola Wellman plans to retire in August.
Submitted by Ariana Fine on Thu, 04/10/2014 - 5:22pm
eNetColorado, the Colorado BOCES Association and Capstone's myON are co-sponsoring a digital reading trial during the spring and summer months. The trial launches on April 14 and ends on July 31. Educators, students and families will have unlimited access to over 4,000 enhanced digital books from Capstone.
Submitted by Ariana Fine on Thu, 04/10/2014 - 5:17pm
Scholastic Education and Mindset Works are joining forces to translate lessons from growth mindset research into everyday educational practices to boost student motivation. Scholastic will distribute Mindset Works' Brainology software program for students and the Mindset Works EducatorKit for teachers.