Submitted by Ariana Fine on Thu, 07/23/2015 - 1:44am
The Ohio Coalition for Quality Education is pushing state legislators to start using the measure actively used by the California Charter Schools Association in how Ohio evaluates schools. It's a ratings model that includes socioeconomic factors in its calculation. But researchers and the California charter group say Ohio's value-added is still better.
Submitted by Ariana Fine on Thu, 07/23/2015 - 1:41am
School board elections are usually sleepy affairs with miniscule budgets that don’t attract much of the electorate. But as federal and state governments become more polarized and gridlocked, local municipal and school board races such as those in Colorado's Jefferson County are increasingly attractive to large national donors looking to make political points.
Submitted by Ariana Fine on Thu, 07/23/2015 - 1:35am
A bill rolled out in the North Carolina Senate Education Committee would transfer oversight of the Charter School Advisory Board from the hands of the state Department of Public Instruction to the control of the State Board of Education and would eliminate the governor's power to appoint the chairman of the advisory board.
Submitted by Ariana Fine on Thu, 07/23/2015 - 1:22am
Seattle high schools and middle schools should start at least an hour later than they do now, and most elementary schools should start 90 minutes sooner. The committee's recommendations would cost an estimated $3 million for busing.
Submitted by Ariana Fine on Thu, 07/23/2015 - 1:20am
The city’s newly constituted school board authorized up to $1.2 billion in long-term bonds so the district can pay for ongoing capital projects, fees on past borrowing and some costs of refinancing old debt.
Submitted by Ariana Fine on Tue, 07/21/2015 - 10:57pm
The federal government has a constitutional duty to construct uniform weights and measures. To do so for K12 education, it doesn't need to impose the same standards and tests on all the states, it just needs to devote the resources to make the data we already have comparable.
Submitted by Ariana Fine on Tue, 07/21/2015 - 10:50pm
Renaming a school isn’t as simple as scrubbing away letters on a sign. It demands that we take another look at who we honor and why. How much of our ugly history do we want to erase? And what does that mean? This should be a public process that allows residents to wrestle with the history of racism in America.
Submitted by Ariana Fine on Tue, 07/21/2015 - 10:46pm
An upcoming state audit of the Allentown School District will include a review of the district's charter school approval process and real estate lease arrangements following questions about an agreement with a developer.
Submitted by Ariana Fine on Tue, 07/21/2015 - 9:35pm
In the face of declining enrollment, the school is eliminating 43 positions and undergoing a restructuring effort that includes renegotiating external contracts, consolidation of internal and external operational functions, and an adjustment in its instructional model.
Submitted by Ariana Fine on Tue, 07/21/2015 - 5:08pm
Going from middle to high school can be a major adjustment for students. To help students navigate their new experiences, schools are beginning to offer courses, and in some cases, mentoring, to help them make the transition from middle school to the ninth grade.