Submitted by Ariana Fine on Fri, 04/03/2015 - 1:22am
New York's top education official wants to exempt high-performing districts from the new teacher- and principal-evaluation system that state lawmakers approved this week and give those districts more autonomy.
Submitted by Ariana Fine on Fri, 04/03/2015 - 1:01am
A steady decrease in the number of available substitute teachers across the state has many school districts getting creative with ways to recruit more temporary teachers, including more frequent interview events, increasing pay and offering substitute positions to student teachers already working in the district.
Submitted by Ariana Fine on Fri, 04/03/2015 - 12:39am
The Concordia school district and Twin Valley School District plan to end the academic year early to save money, citing financial pressures caused by reduced state aid for this academic year.
Submitted by Ariana Fine on Fri, 04/03/2015 - 12:28am
The California district's school officials have sued the city for allegedly allowing pot dispensaries to set up shop near schools. State law prohibits dispensaries from operating within 600 feet of educational institutions, but Compton’s municipal ordinances actually ban marijuana shops.
Submitted by Ariana Fine on Fri, 04/03/2015 - 12:25am
New Jersey schools spent an average of $19,211 to educate each student last year, a 1.6 percent increase from the 2012-13 school year. Spending varied widely among local districts, according to figures released by the state Department of Education.
Submitted by Ariana Fine on Fri, 04/03/2015 - 12:01am
A weeks-long legislative tussle over school funding levels for the 2015-2016 school year continues at the Capitol, where leaders remain locked in an ideological disagreement over budgetary practices.
Submitted by Ariana Fine on Wed, 04/01/2015 - 4:55pm
The U.S. Justice Department is investigating how the Texas county punishes kids for missing school, targeting what civil-rights advocates call the school-to-prison pipeline. The policies allegedly disproportionately rout certain children — primarily blacks and Latinos — out of class and into the juvenile justice system.
Submitted by Ariana Fine on Wed, 04/01/2015 - 4:50pm
Under the new budget, districts would see an increase of $1.3 billion this year and funding would not be linked explicitly to a new teacher evaluation system. However, the current teacher evaluation system will change, with many details being left to state education officials.
Submitted by Ariana Fine on Wed, 04/01/2015 - 4:28pm
A bill that will help counties and local school systems levy fines against drivers who pass stopped school buses passed the Senate Education Committee. Senate Bill 298 would allow a $500 fine to be levied on the owner of a vehicle caught on camera passing a school bus.
Submitted by Ariana Fine on Wed, 04/01/2015 - 4:26pm
All but one of 12 defendants charged with racketeering and other crimes in the Atlanta Public Schools cheating scandal were convicted. In 2013, a Fulton County grand jury indicted 35 educators from the district, including principals, teachers and testing coordinators. More than 20 former school system employees previously took a plea deal.