Submitted by Lauren Williams on Fri, 08/23/2013 - 12:17pm
The next mayor can expect city students’ test scores to rise, a top state education official predicted Thursday, while also cautioning they shouldn’t be the sole indicator of whether education reforms are working.
Submitted by Lauren Williams on Fri, 08/23/2013 - 12:02pm
In one stroke, the most-contentious issue dominating politics and policies across the state would be transformed, with new winners – and new losers. Would this change be for the better?
Submitted by Lauren Williams on Fri, 08/23/2013 - 12:00pm
Rather than transferring 2,219 students from the 42 failing schools, the problem should be addressed at each of these schools where the problem originated.
Submitted by Lauren Williams on Fri, 08/23/2013 - 11:59am
School officials are quick to point out the ACT is but one factor in admitting a student to college. True enough. But the ACT and similar national tests of student achievement have for decades been reliable indicators of a student’s academic success in college.
Submitted by Lynn Russo Whylly on Thu, 08/22/2013 - 3:29pm
Trustees for the Socorro Independent School District (El Paso, Texas) have hired a Houston-based legal firm to conduct an investigation into the district's practices to determine who was responsible for inappropriately retaining special needs students and transfer students from Mexico in the ninth grade between 2007 to 2012.
Submitted by Lynn Russo Whylly on Thu, 08/22/2013 - 3:27pm
Paul Coggins, attorney with the firm Locke Lord, has been hired to investigate a $24,530 contract Dallas ISD superintendent Mike Miles awarded to The LeMaster Group.
Submitted by Lynn Russo Whylly on Thu, 08/22/2013 - 3:23pm
The Los Angeles Board of Education has ratified the unusual hiring of the mayor’s top education advisor, Thelma Melendez de Santa Ana. Melendez will be brought on as an employee of the LA USD, but with her salary and benefits paid by the city of Los Angeles. The arrangement will allow Melendez, a career educator, to continue to accrue pension benefits in the state teachers retirement system.
Submitted by Lynn Russo Whylly on Thu, 08/22/2013 - 3:18pm
A new public charter high school being proposed in Andover, Mass., called STEAM Studio, would abide by the same laws and rules as district schools, be governed by a public board of trustees and be overseen by the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.
Submitted by Lynn Russo Whylly on Thu, 08/22/2013 - 3:13pm
Oregon school districts that allow or require armed personnel in schools face higher liability insurance premiums. A statement made by the Eugene, Oregon newspaper The Register-Guard and directed at the nearby Harrisburg School Board, the newspaper argues that the move means the insurers have calculated higher risk, or taken the view that firearms in schools reduce safety, rather than promote it.
Submitted by Lynn Russo Whylly on Thu, 08/22/2013 - 3:08pm
Our educational system is not keeping up with that of many other industrialized countries, even as the job market becomes more global and international competition for jobs becomes steeper. We have gone from the leader to a laggard.