Submitted by Ariana Fine on Fri, 03/27/2015 - 1:37am
Staff and students of Swedesboro-Woolwich were unable to access computer programs, files and other network-related services for several days due to a ransomware malware attack. The attack has interfered not only with day-to-day academic activities, but also district email servers and the statewide PARCC test.
Submitted by Ariana Fine on Fri, 03/27/2015 - 12:09am
In a move meant to address inequities in staffing and stall the county board's reliance on its fund reserves to cover operating costs, the Jefferson County Board of Education approved a financial recovery plan that will lay off more than 160 positions and switch many employees on 12-month contracts to 10-month contracts.
Submitted by Ariana Fine on Fri, 03/27/2015 - 12:06am
The state Legislature’s education committee will vote on a bill prohibiting out-of-school suspensions or expulsions for students in preschool through the second grade. The issue has sparked debate between advocates who say the disciplinary measures are ineffective, and some superintendents who say schools need to be able to remove potentially violent students.
Submitted by Ariana Fine on Thu, 03/26/2015 - 3:06pm
One third of the 30 New Orleans public school principals in a new study admitted that they tried to choose the best students for admission, despite most charter schools professing to enroll all applicants. Of those 10 schools, eight had no official entrance requirements and were supposed to admit all.
Submitted by Ariana Fine on Thu, 03/26/2015 - 3:03pm
An amendment to an Indiana bill designed to overhaul the state’s process to try to improve schools that consistently rate a D or F removed a section that would have empowered the state to takeover entire school districts, not just individual schools.
Submitted by Ariana Fine on Thu, 03/26/2015 - 3:00pm
For the second year in a row, the state legislature is reviewing a bill that would enable parents to initiate major reforms at a low-performing public school. The bill would enable parents of students enrolled in a public school in the bottom 10 percent to petition their local school board to reform their school.
Submitted by Ariana Fine on Thu, 03/26/2015 - 2:23pm
A move to clamp down on expensive building leases is among the latest changes to a bill that would overhaul state charter-school laws. In addition, a provision was removed that poorly performing schools could not change sponsors without approval by the Ohio Department of Education.
Submitted by Ariana Fine on Thu, 03/26/2015 - 12:10pm
The Texas bill would create a $100 million private school tuition program that would let lower-income students attend private or religious schools. Funding would come through donations by businesses, who would in turn receive credits on their state business taxes.
Submitted by Ariana Fine on Wed, 03/25/2015 - 2:42pm
An Arkansas legislative committee passed a bill to increase the jurisdiction of school resource officers if they are accompanying students on a field trip or outside of the school district boundaries. In addition, the committee advanced a bill to allow public dollars to fund private-school scholarships for children with severe disabilities.
Submitted by Ariana Fine on Wed, 03/25/2015 - 2:09pm
A school food safety bill in Wisconsin would require school lunch programs to obtain a food protection certificate before the facility could serve students. The bill would extend the requirement for restaurants to any school lunch program associated with the National School Lunch Program.