Submitted by Alison DeNisco on Fri, 01/17/2014 - 2:14pm
Maryland schools will be scrambling to make $100 million in technological and other upgrades to give new state tests aligned with the Common Core standards next year, according to a report to the legislature by the Maryland State Department of Education.
Submitted by Alison DeNisco on Fri, 01/17/2014 - 2:11pm
Compared with kids who use cash in school cafeterias, kids who use debit cards seem to make more unhealthful eating choices, finds Brian Wansink, a behavioral economist at Cornell University.
Submitted by Alison DeNisco on Fri, 01/17/2014 - 2:08pm
Houston ISD officials have voted to ban several school mascots because some believe they're offensive. That decision will directly impact four different schools.
Submitted by Alison DeNisco on Fri, 01/17/2014 - 2:06pm
For students across the country, lockdowns have become a fixture of the school day, the duck-and-cover drills for a generation growing up in the shadow of Columbine High School in Colorado and Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut.
Submitted by Lynn Russo Whylly on Thu, 01/16/2014 - 3:25pm
"If you follow some of my critics on Twitter," Camden School Superintendent Paymon Rouhanifard says, "you'd think I was the most loathed person in the city." Rouhanifard, appointed by Gov. Christie in August despite an arguably light (if lively) resumé, is the former New York City and Newark school system administrator. After less than five months on his current $210,000 job, he seems comfortable heading up the beleaguered public school system in one of America's poorest cities.
Submitted by Lynn Russo Whylly on Thu, 01/16/2014 - 3:13pm
Superintendent Gary Bloom will retire July 1 after five years leading Santa Cruz City Schools, the county's second-largest district. The decision comes as Bloom enters his 40th year in education and the final year of a five-year commitment he made after being hired as the district's top official in April 2009.
Submitted by Lynn Russo Whylly on Thu, 01/16/2014 - 3:09pm
Erin Frew’s students at New Tech West High School in Cleveland aren’t reading well enough. So as the principal, she decided to increase class sizes this year to free up money for more reading help for her students. But over at Campus International elementary school, reading’s not an issue. Math is. So Campus International Principal Julie Beers made her own trade-off: She cut the school’s art teachers from two to one and used the money to hire a math teacher to zero in on kids’ specific math issues.
Submitted by Lynn Russo Whylly on Thu, 01/16/2014 - 1:52pm
Eleven school districts in Western New York show signs of fiscal stress, according to an analysis of school district finances released by state Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli. Of those, the Comptroller’s Office warned that three local school districts—West Seneca, Lewiston-Porter and Niagara-Wheatfield—are facing “significant fiscal stress,” the most serious category.
Submitted by Lynn Russo Whylly on Thu, 01/16/2014 - 1:33pm
Public high-school students could get two class credits for off-campus religious education they attend during regular school hours under a bill passed yesterday by the Ohio House of Representatives. The bill, which passed by a 78-15 vote, would give school boards authority to excuse students from school to receive religious instruction with parental permission in classes conducted at churches or other parties at no cost to the schools.
Submitted by Lynn Russo Whylly on Thu, 01/16/2014 - 1:28pm
Gov. Deval Patrick is creating a new task force on school safety and security that will develop recommendations to help schools prepare and update safety plans and draft school-based training and exercise programs.