Submitted by Lynn Russo Whylly on Fri, 02/07/2014 - 6:34am
Gov. Dannel P. Malloy's somewhat bruised effort to improve public school education took a backseat recently to initiatives aimed at adding preschool seats and making a college education available to more residents. Malloy saved the end of his State of the State address to push for universal preschool by expanding state-supported early childhood education spaces by 4,000 over the next five years.
Submitted by Lynn Russo Whylly on Thu, 02/06/2014 - 3:52pm
After he heard about the children in Utah whose school lunches were thrown out because their parents were behind on payments, Kenny Thompson was worried about the elementary school kids he tutored and mentored in Houston, Texas. So he went in to check whether they were getting the proper nutrition. What he found disappointed him.
Submitted by Matthew Zalaznick on Thu, 02/06/2014 - 9:31am
To brace for the shortfall, the $4 billion school district is putting aside spare dollars and closely watching monthly collections. For instance, an item that saves $18 million by reducing spending and transferring costs is included on next week’s School Board agenda.
Submitted by Matthew Zalaznick on Thu, 02/06/2014 - 9:29am
After working with 26 other states to create common standards for K-12 science education, South Dakota has decided against adopting the Next Generation Science Standards. State's education secretary says teachers should write a different set of standards for the state.
Submitted by Matthew Zalaznick on Thu, 02/06/2014 - 9:15am
Legislation that seeks to cancel most standardized testing in Maryland’s public schools this spring would leave teachers unsure about what to plan for -- and skipping the tests would cost the state tens of millions of federal dollars, the state's chief academic officer says.
Submitted by Matthew Zalaznick on Thu, 02/06/2014 - 9:11am
In another blow to the flagging fortunes of Rocketship charter schools, four Santa Clara County school districts have filed a lawsuit seeking to rescind the approval of 20 Rocketship schools and prevent the county school board from granting similar requests.
Submitted by Matthew Zalaznick on Thu, 02/06/2014 - 9:07am
Getting into Chicago's most competitive public high schools is a gut-wrenching, high-stakes process. This year, some parents say the district has added an extra degree of anxiety by changing the assessment test students will be taking to determine their eligibility for highly competitive, selective-enrollment schools.
Submitted by Matthew Zalaznick on Thu, 02/06/2014 - 9:04am
The vision for the state's Professional Growth and Effectiveness System calls for evaluation through observation by peers and supervisors, students' performance, and evaluations by students themselves.
Submitted by Matthew Zalaznick on Thu, 02/06/2014 - 8:53am
Portland Public Schools teachers have authorized the first strike in the history of Oregon's largest school system and set a walkout date: Feb. 20. Union president says she hopes parents will honor picket lines and not send their children to school if a strike occurs.
Submitted by Lynn Russo Whylly on Thu, 02/06/2014 - 8:27am
A new code of conduct encourages school staffers to develop alternative strategies and options for dealing with disciplinary issues, including conflict resolution techniques, anger coping therapy and intervention programs. The code seems to be paying off, as the latest results show a 36 percent drop in school suspensions.