Submitted by Ariana Fine on Wed, 04/02/2014 - 10:38pm
Amid a $1.7 billion backlog in funding, school officials and building industry representatives are asking lawmakers to overhaul the way Pennsylvania pays for public school construction. The state’s Planning and Construction Workbook is an 11-step process for local districts to get reimbursed by the state for renovations and new building.
Submitted by Ariana Fine on Wed, 04/02/2014 - 10:15pm
Listen Edition has launched a free current events app for Edmodo. The app provides a teachable public radio news story everyday for teachers to utilize in their Edmodo classrooms.
Submitted by Ariana Fine on Wed, 04/02/2014 - 9:33pm
A $2.4 billion state construction budget that funds an array of community, school and park projects has cleared the Ohio Legislature. The proposal directs $675 million toward primary and secondary schools.
Submitted by Ariana Fine on Wed, 04/02/2014 - 9:01pm
After nearly two years of trying to plot the best course of action, the Kenmore-Tonawanda Union Free School District's board voted to close two elementary schools and merge the middle school into the high school. The district will sell the two elementary buildings with the remaining elementary schools housing pre-K through four.
Submitted by Ariana Fine on Wed, 04/02/2014 - 8:38pm
District voters approved a $34.6 million dollar building referendum that will include the $18.4 million construction of a new elementary school building. Only a short time ago, the district's board was actually considering drastic cuts to make up for a $2 million shortfall.
Submitted by Ariana Fine on Wed, 04/02/2014 - 3:22pm
The Florida House's Justice Appropriations Subcommittee approved a bill that would allow local school boards or principals to designate employees—typically former or current law enforcement officers—to carry guns on campus. If passed, HB 753 would require trained officials to complete 40 hours of school safety training.
Submitted by Ariana Fine on Wed, 04/02/2014 - 2:25pm
In the 2012-2013 school year, the total number of North Carolina's reportable acts of school crime and violence, suspensions and the use of corporal punishment continue their downward trend. According to the 2012-2013 Consolidated Data Report presented to State Board of Education, expulsions did increase.
Submitted by Ariana Fine on Wed, 04/02/2014 - 2:14pm
In Los Angeles Unified, the nation's second-largest school system, students throw out at least $100,000 worth of food a day, amounting to over $18 million a year. The district is exploring different options to reduce the food piling up in school trash cans.
Submitted by Ariana Fine on Wed, 04/02/2014 - 1:57pm
Maryland's General Assembly has passed a bill that could raise costs for school construction. The measure would require all school construction projects that get at least 25 percent of their money from the state to pay workers the prevailing wage.
Submitted by Matthew Zalaznick on Wed, 04/02/2014 - 1:30pm
A range of new policies and training techniques are changing the way schools try to prevent or respond to fighting. Several schools are now spelling out the steps teachers need to take when a fight breaks out.