DA Daily

Volunteer school board members deserve adequate training

A recent survey of likely Michigan voters for the Michigan Association of School Boards showed overwhelming support for professional development and training for board members to meet the board's demanding responsibilities. Without this knowledge and awareness, boards are potentially liable for infractions against state laws and statutes.

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Don't water down Illinois teacher standards

Enforcing tougher standards means more students, especially minorities, aren't making the grade as prospective Illinois teachers. That's a big concern because the state needs a diverse teaching cadre. Illinois state government's ill-guided solution: Ease the standards.

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Troubled North Carolina charter closes aburptly

StudentFirst Academy's charter board, which won state approval to open the west Charlotte charter school in August, cited ever-deepening financial problems as it surrendered its state charter on April 3. On that night, board members began telling parents that their students’ last day would be April 11.

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Maine city approves $43.7 million school budget

The Bangor School Committee approved a $43.7 million budget for fiscal year 2015, an increase of 2.42 percent over this year’s budget. The increase is to accommodate the rising costs of personnel and utilities coupled with a nearly $1 million decrease in funding from the state.

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Cadaver lab planned to educate select Ill. high school students

McLean County Medical Society is sponsoring a Human Anatomy Cadaver Dissection Lab for advanced-level high school students interested in careers in medicine. Labs, which will cost no money but offer no credit, will be limited to students who have the interest, maturity and intelligence to work on dissection.

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Time to stop seniority-based teacher staffing

Under current state law, seniority is used as the sole factor in staffing decisions in Pennsylvania's districts, with the recent exception of Philadelphia. House Bill 1722 presents an opportunity for the state to fix this and protect excellent teachers by reforming the practice of seniority-based layoffs.

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Acquisitions Editor

Buffalo, N.Y., votes to terminate two top administrators

The Buffalo School Board voted to terminate Faith Morrison Alexander, a chief of school leadership, and Yamilette Williams, chief of curriculum, assessment and instruction, because they lacked the New York district leader certification needed to do their jobs. Despite earlier intentions to try to retain them as interns, there were too many job responsibilities they could not fulfill in that role.

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ST Math Program unveils new middle and high school curricula

The new visual learning programs build on ST Math’s pre-K through fifth grade curricula and expand middle and high school offerings, which were limited to intervention and fluency programs. The new programs are ST Math: Grade 6, ST Math: Middle School Supplement and ST Math: High School Intervention.

Eric Williams as new superintendent for Virginia's fourth largest district

Eric Williams, currently superintendent for Virginia’s York County schools, will become the new superintendent overseeing Loudoun County Public Schools' more than 65,000 students as of this summer. He will succeed Dr. Edgar B. Hatrick III, who has served as superintendent for 23 years.

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