Marion Herbert

Marion joined the District Administration team as associate editor in November 2009 on the heels of graduating from Marist College where she studied journalism and political science. When not writing about herself in the third person, Marion enjoys travel, kickball, nearly any TV show on the Bravo channel, and—as of recent years—K-12 education news. Follow her blog to read insights and commentary from industry events and news in public education. At a time when school districts are pushing bold reforms while simultaneously grappling with fiscal hardships, Marion feels privileged to have the opportunity to report on their journey every step of the way.

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Articles by Marion Herbert

District Administration, October 2012

District Administration, September 2012

District Administration, July/Aug 2012

Lee Hirsch, director of the film Bully, talks about the difficulty administrators face in changing school climate.
Early learning is key, but some states are not making it a priority.
Superintendents fear they may face the same fate as faltering U.S. cities and declare bankruptcy.
graduation, communities in school
Community in Schools not only increases high school graduation rates, but creates more than $11 of economic benefit for the communities it serves.
Portfolio Strategy
This Portfolio Strategy has tripled in size in the last five years.
congress, sequestration
UPDATE: Schools will no longer face sequestration cuts in upcoming school year, although cuts for 2013-2014 still loom.
While hiring dedicated social media managers is commonplace in the private sector, it’s rarely seen in school districts.
A new survey of Louisiana schools reveals a critical issue facing most states nationwide: schools are lacking the technology needed to conduct online testing required by the Common Core State Standards.

District Administration, June 2012

Create CA arts
Calif. constituents join together to form Create CA, an initiative to make arts education a priority.
PCAH Turnaround Arts
New PCAH initiative will place robust arts programs in eight low-performing schools.