Submitted by Matthew Zalaznick on Fri, 06/14/2013 - 9:16am
From emergency alerts to event schedules to touch screens to more creative uses—like backdrops for marching bands—digital signs are replacing posters that can clutter up a school, and are making communication more attractive, interactive, and efficient.
Submitted by Matthew Zalaznick on Fri, 06/14/2013 - 9:11am
In 2010, a building condition study showed that Yonkers (N.Y.) Public Schools needed $480 million for capital improvements to existing school buildings, while new schools needed to be built given an expected enrollment increase of 3,000 by 2020, for a total of $1.2 billion.
Submitted by Matthew Zalaznick on Fri, 06/14/2013 - 9:09am
Superintendent Maureen Sabolinski went door to door to drum up voter support for a new high school in the Franklin (Mass.) Public Schools. Sabolinski visited local coffee shops to tell community members they also would get to use the new high school gym, walking track, theater and library.
Submitted by Matthew Zalaznick on Fri, 06/14/2013 - 9:05am
Record lows in student enrollment and staggering budget cuts have forced some of the nation’s largest districts to close schools, a disruption that has often interfered with classroom instruction.
Submitted by Lynn Russo Whylly on Thu, 06/13/2013 - 3:53pm
This is already common practice—for example, in gifted classes, honors programs, and Advanced Placement courses. Some teachers group students by ability within classrooms as well, separating the strong math group or the emergent readers.
Submitted by Lynn Russo Whylly on Thu, 06/13/2013 - 3:48pm
Six minutes was too late. Ten-year-old Mercedes Mear’s heart had already stopped beating and she wasn’t breathing when Pierce County medics arrived on Oct. 7, 2008. No one in her elementary school knew CPR, or that the medication that might have saved her life, an EpiPen, was kept in the health room where she died, with her name clearly marked on the label.
Submitted by Lynn Russo Whylly on Thu, 06/13/2013 - 3:46pm
"We're developing a school forest," explained art teacher Jim Bias, from Edgewood Middle School in Mounds View, Minn. This is one of 25 electives offered this year for Edgewood's new STEAM curriculum.
Submitted by Lynn Russo Whylly on Thu, 06/13/2013 - 3:41pm
The West Metro (Minn.) Education Program board voted recently without explanation to reinstate Daniel Jett after meeting in a closed session. Allegations against Jett were raised by Kevin Bennett, principal of the small district’s two schools. Now they’ll be forced to work together.
Submitted by Lynn Russo Whylly on Thu, 06/13/2013 - 3:38pm
The Olathe (Kan.) School District will immediately begin planning to build a fifth high school and will enhance security measures at all its schools now that voters have approved a $244.8 million bond package.
Submitted by Lynn Russo Whylly on Thu, 06/13/2013 - 3:34pm
House lawmakers pushed forward their $20.6 billion budget after more than seven hours of debate recently that was punctuated by a back-and-forth on private-school vouchers where the House speaker took the unusual step of participating.