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.
Submitted by Lynn Russo Whylly on Thu, 08/22/2013 - 3:04pm
The state's annual report on school accountability has a more colorful look than in past years as Michigan education officials have instituted a new five-color grading system to replace the up-or-down "adequate yearly progress" grade.
Submitted by Lynn Russo Whylly on Thu, 08/22/2013 - 2:52pm
Headed back to school at Valley Christian High in San Jose? A tip: You're better off putting a dog biscuit into your pack rather than something that could give you a buzz. You'll want to stay on the right side of Ranger and Sparks, two drug-sniffing golden retrievers who will be appearing on the hilltop campus a couple of times a month.
Submitted by Lynn Russo Whylly on Thu, 08/22/2013 - 2:44pm
Looseleaf binders, No. 2 pencils, rulers—and bulletproof whiteboards? Armored accessories including backpack inserts and clipboards are showing up on back-to-school shopping lists in the wake of campus shootings. But some security experts say safety-conscious supplies like whiteboards-turned-shields are impractical at best, and a diversion from real life-saving resources at worst.
Submitted by Lynn Russo Whylly on Thu, 08/22/2013 - 2:35pm
Indiana Judge Joseph VanBokkelen found in favor of a Fort Wayne district's ban on students wearing "I (heart) Boobies!" bracelets, designed to promote breast cancer awareness. The ACLU brought the suit to defend the rights of a student who had the bracelet taken away from her in school, arguing that high school students are mature enough to deal with the bracelet's sexual innuendo. The judge said the evidence did not support that stance.
Submitted by Lynn Russo Whylly on Thu, 08/22/2013 - 2:19pm
Idaho’s pathway to better public education could come with a price tag of more than $300 million, based on some preliminary recommendations from a state task force studying education reform. But Gov. Butch Otter, who formed the task force last December, told Idaho Education News he is more interested in hearing the task force’s ideas on what to do than asking its members to provide a budget.
Submitted by Lynn Russo Whylly on Thu, 08/22/2013 - 2:05pm
There are all kinds of geeky ways teachers can use technology to help their students perform better and learn more. One big problem, however, is that often, instructors either don’t know where to find these tools or just don’t understand how to use them. That’s exactly where Bill Gates wants to lend a helping hand.