Submitted by Ariana Fine on Wed, 09/24/2014 - 4:24pm
Portland Public Schools will hire about 25 new teachers and boost high school support staff by 8.35 positions, after the district school board voted to immediately spend $3.5 million of a recently discovered $16.8 million windfall on staffing up. The larger plan calls for spending $13 million while placing the remaining $3.8 million in savings.
Submitted by Ariana Fine on Wed, 09/24/2014 - 4:21pm
In denying Walter D. Palmer Leadership Learning Partners Charter's emergency petition for funds, the judge said that Philadelphia School District was not compelled to pay for students above the 675-student enrollment cap in its charter. The school has enrolled 1,300 students. The school district is moving to close the school due to financial irregularities and poor academics.
Submitted by Ariana Fine on Wed, 09/24/2014 - 4:16pm
The U.S. Education Department has opened an investigation into charges that the Recovery School District's policy of closing and chartering New Orleans public schools violated the civil rights of African-American students.
Submitted by Ariana Fine on Wed, 09/24/2014 - 1:29am
Hundreds of students walked out of classrooms around suburban Denver in protest over a conservative-led school board proposal to focus history education on topics that promote citizenship, patriotism and respect for authority, in a show of civil disobedience that the new standards would aim to downplay.
Submitted by Ariana Fine on Wed, 09/24/2014 - 1:07am
A fight for better funding in 16 rural New Jersey school districts has led to a lawsuit filed by the Education Law Center against the New Jersey Department of Education. The majority of the schools districts listed in the lawsuit and have been be inadequately funded when compared to other districts, the complaint argues.
Submitted by Ariana Fine on Wed, 09/24/2014 - 1:03am
The Tennessee State Board of Education denied a proposed charter school in Cheatham County. The board made the decision following an appeal hearing with the supporters of Cumberland Academy and the Cheatham County school district. Two critical areas of concern were the financial plan and educational plan for special-education students.
Submitted by Ariana Fine on Wed, 09/24/2014 - 12:57am
Shawnee Mission School District Superintendent Jim Hinson proposed asking voters for a $223 million bond issue to pay for upgraded security, new and remodeled schools and a new aquatics center, among other projects.
Submitted by Ariana Fine on Wed, 09/24/2014 - 12:25am
School districts are required by law to provide transportation, if needed, to fulfill students’ special needs and they use a variety of methods to do that. Sometimes that means transporting students miles away from home by car service, taxi and even employee’s personal vehicles to get them to a specialized school.
Submitted by Ariana Fine on Wed, 09/24/2014 - 12:08am
The Louisiana Education Department and three local public school systems have been awarded $1.7 million to prevent violence and address it when it occurs. The grants are part of a federal program to improve school safety since the 2012 mass shootings in Sandy Hook, Conn.
Submitted by Ariana Fine on Tue, 09/23/2014 - 9:41pm
A big change is coming to the way Minnesota’s high school seniors are measured for their proficiency in learning. After 2013 legislative action, instead of testing seniors with the GRAD test as they exit, all 11th graders will be required to take the ACT in the spring of their junior year. The test will be paid for by the state and given at local schools.