Submitted by Lynn Russo Whylly on Thu, 01/30/2014 - 9:33am
Wake County Superintendent Jim Merrill is attributing “transparency and openness” with helping persuade voters to approve the $810 million school construction bond issue in October. Merrill talks about the bond campaign in an article in the January edition of District Administration magazine that looks at how school districts can win bond issues. Wake is cited in the article as a success story.
Submitted by Lynn Russo Whylly on Thu, 01/30/2014 - 9:29am
The superintendent of the northeast Kansas school district that serves children from the U.S. Army’s Fort Riley plans to retire. Geary County superintendent Ron Walker told administrators and staff on Wednesday he will retire at the end of the current academic year. Walker has led United School District 475 for 10 years.
Submitted by Lynn Russo Whylly on Thu, 01/30/2014 - 9:26am
After the Katonah-Lewisboro School District decided to close its elementary school of the same name, Superintendent Paul Kreutzer resigned, effective immediately. Michael Jumper, the assistant superintendent for business, has been named acting school superintendent.
Submitted by Lynn Russo Whylly on Thu, 01/30/2014 - 9:21am
Once the Easton Area School District in Pennsylvania freezes every district employee's salary and freezes all spending, then—and only then—should the school board even discuss raising taxes.
Submitted by Lynn Russo Whylly on Thu, 01/30/2014 - 9:13am
Massachusetts schools are under ever-increasing mandates and scrutiny, imposed upon them by both state and federal governments. In recent years, the day-to-day work of teachers and administrators has become thickly infused with strict guidelines that, in theory, are supposed to bring a uniform quality to public education. Educators spend enormous amounts of time demonstrating that they are meeting these standards.
Submitted by Lynn Russo Whylly on Thu, 01/30/2014 - 9:07am
Departing from traditional hostility between school districts and charter operators, the Franklin-McKinley School District in San Jose, Calif., will partner with charter schools to share campuses and training with the goal of vastly improve education for poor and English-learning children. The partnership was named 1 of 5 in the United States awarded a $100,000 start-up grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
Submitted by Lynn Russo Whylly on Thu, 01/30/2014 - 9:03am
A popular gifted program will get the axe after Ditmas Park school officials chose diversity over exclusivity. Citing a lack of diversity, PS 139 Principal Mary McDonald informed parents in a letter that the Students of Academic Rigor and two other in-house programs would no longer accept applications for incoming kindergartners.
Submitted by Lynn Russo Whylly on Thu, 01/30/2014 - 9:00am
Although no charges have been filed against the students and a tutor involved in the Corona del Mar High School cheating scandal, a search warrant indicates police were looking at possible felony counts.
Submitted by Lynn Russo Whylly on Thu, 01/30/2014 - 8:52am
A handful of California coding bootcamps are fighting for survival after receiving a stern warning from regulators. Unless they comply, these organizations face imminent closure and a hefty $50,000 fine. A BPPE spokesperson said these organizations have two weeks to start coming into compliance.
Submitted by Lynn Russo Whylly on Thu, 01/30/2014 - 8:47am
Many politicians say they want to make a difference, but in my view there are only two places where one can truly make a difference, in the home or in the classroom. When a home fails a child there is only one place left, the classroom. Right now some people feel that the classroom is endangered.