Submitted by Lynn Russo Whylly on Sun, 07/07/2013 - 7:15pm
From kindergarten to graduation, an average student will have spent more than a year being taught by a substitute teacher. Twenty-eight states require no more than a high school diploma for those temporary teachers, according to national data. Seven require some college education, and 15 states require substitutes to have a college degree.
Submitted by Lynn Russo Whylly on Sun, 07/07/2013 - 7:02pm
With a record number of school districts sinking into a deficit, and two possibly on their way to being dissolved, state Superintendent Mike Flanagan is urging drastic action—such as converting Michigan’s nearly 550 districts, 56 intermediate districts, and nearly 280 charter schools into countywide school districts.
Submitted by Lynn Russo Whylly on Sat, 07/06/2013 - 3:22pm
Achievement First Bridgeport Academy, which has 10 schools in Connecticut, has come under scrutiny with the recent release of state reports that show that most of its schools have among the highest suspension and expulsion rates in the state, even for children in kindergarten and first grade.
Submitted by Lynn Russo Whylly on Sat, 07/06/2013 - 3:16pm
Wesley Harris, founder of the Original North Phoenix Tea Party, said lawmakers are not living up to their constitutional obligation to provide adequate funds for construction of new schools and making repairs on existing ones. Rather than come up with the cash, Harris said legislators have decided to dump the obligation onto local taxpayers.
Submitted by Lynn Russo Whylly on Sat, 07/06/2013 - 3:12pm
Residents of North Bennington, Vt. voted three times to close their public school and establish a new, independent academy, North Bennington Village School, in the old school building. That school is taking shape and plans to open in the fall.
Submitted by Lynn Russo Whylly on Sat, 07/06/2013 - 3:06pm
The Cleveland school district's improvement plan for 13 schools this upcoming school year will bring major changes for some and smaller, but substantial, ones for others. Teachers will receive special training at all 13 schools, some of which will get new principals and see significant staff changes.
Submitted by Lynn Russo Whylly on Sat, 07/06/2013 - 2:53pm
Some meal programs in Los Angeles have remained unfunded even as others are restored. It has meant forming partnerships with other entities to get area children fed.
Submitted by Lynn Russo Whylly on Sat, 07/06/2013 - 2:40pm
It has been a hectic and turbulent year of budget cuts, layoffs, and transfers for teachers and classified staff in many of Oregon's school districts, one that sounds more like corporate America downsizing rather than the state's public school system..
Submitted by Lynn Russo Whylly on Sat, 07/06/2013 - 1:35pm
The U.S. Department of Education approved Alabama's PLAN 2020 for assessing students' readiness for college, work, and adulthood, allowing the state to shift focus from narrowly defined measures of proficiency such as AYP to a focus on students' ability to succeed in their post-high school pursuits.
Submitted by Lynn Russo Whylly on Fri, 07/05/2013 - 1:09am
The salaries and benefits paid to 66 Central New York school superintendents rose 16 percent over five years ago, according to compensation figures the districts reported to the state. Combined, they will make more than $12.8 million in salary and benefits in the next school year.