Submitted by Lynn Russo Whylly on Mon, 10/28/2013 - 8:22am
Massachusetts finished first among U.S. states in a study comparing the academic performance of American students with others around the globe. Nineteen percent of Massachusetts eighth-graders reached an advanced benchmark in mathematics on the 2011 tests while 24 percent reached an advanced level in science.
Submitted by Lynn Russo Whylly on Thu, 10/24/2013 - 10:20am
A central Indiana charter school will close at the end of the week after being unable to raise $250,000 by its Friday deadline. Leaders of the International School of Columbus told students and parents Monday night that it faced unexpected costs at the school's planned new building, a decline in state funding because of an enrollment drop, and poor fundraising results.
Submitted by Lynn Russo Whylly on Thu, 10/24/2013 - 10:07am
C.J. Herron can’t go to school because he was born premature, which left him with a compromised immune system. He stays home and gets instruction in person from a home-bound teacher provided by Brenham ISD. But this week, Herron is going to his 3rd-grade class for the first time with a little help from a robot.
Submitted by Lynn Russo Whylly on Thu, 10/24/2013 - 10:00am
The budgetary impact of complying with Missouri’s school transfer law is beginning to play out in the unaccredited Normandy and Riverview Gardens districts, where superintendents are outlining cuts to reduce staff and programs. In Normandy, 103 of the district’s 650 employees will lose their jobs by the end of December.
Submitted by Lynn Russo Whylly on Thu, 10/24/2013 - 9:49am
For all the attention given to concussions in football, hockey has its own issues with serious injuries; a Canadian study released this year reported that the incidence of brain and spinal cord injuries among hockey players has increased over the last 15 years. USA Hockey last month tightened the rules on some penalties, including boarding, hoping to cut down on unsafe play.
Submitted by Lynn Russo Whylly on Thu, 10/24/2013 - 9:43am
More than a third of Columbus City Schools’ 9.01-mill levy and bond request would go toward keeping the Ohio district operating for at least four more years. An additional 11 percent of the levy, on the Nov. 5 ballot as Issue 50, would be earmarked for expanding the district’s high-performing schools.
Submitted by Lynn Russo Whylly on Thu, 10/24/2013 - 9:37am
The Boy Scout motto of "be prepared" equally applies to today's school nurses, who not only deal with the typical bruises and tummy aches that have always been part of school life, but must now contend with a student population that is increasingly more medically fragile. As school systems face budget cuts, nurses must also adapt to a "migrant" lifestyle as they are assigned to several schools during a work week.
Submitted by Lauren Williams on Wed, 10/23/2013 - 12:02pm
The expanding menu of CMS options comes at a time when the district is competing with a growing number of charter schools (public schools run by independent boards). North Carolina is also rolling out tax-supported scholarships to help low-income families attend private schools starting in 2014.
Submitted by Lauren Williams on Wed, 10/23/2013 - 12:01pm
Kenneth McMartin, LSU Health Sciences Center professor and BioStart program director, sees the program as an opportunity for youth to get actively engaged in not only learning science, but also creating meaningful relationships with mentors through the initiative.
Submitted by Lauren Williams on Wed, 10/23/2013 - 11:59am
The computer program, developed in Indiana, works in “the cloud” to detect dangerous words posted on Facebook. If threatening words or indications of violence or suicide are found through the Social Net Watcher algorithm, the system will send a push alert to school administrators.