Submitted by Lynn Russo Whylly on Thu, 10/17/2013 - 9:51am
Amid protests from hundreds of bus drivers and aides, the Miami-Dade School Board voted down a controversial proposed transportation outsourcing study, citing as their reason that the district already knows its transportation costs—down to $69 million from about $83 million three years ago—are less than Duval County’s privatized services.
Submitted by Lynn Russo Whylly on Thu, 10/17/2013 - 9:45am
With the release of the School Performance Profiles nearly two weeks ago, the state has a new accountability system, but it appears the same schools are as the top of the rankings and the same schools are at the bottom as under the old system.
Submitted by Lynn Russo Whylly on Thu, 10/17/2013 - 9:41am
Just weeks after the death of a Philadelphia schoolgirl and amid mounting pressure from school advocates and civil rights groups, Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett announced he would release $45 million in funding that he’d been withholding from the beleaguered Philadelphia School District.
Submitted by Lynn Russo Whylly on Thu, 10/17/2013 - 9:30am
An Upper West Side elementary school banned the popular Rainbow Loom friendship bracelets from the premises because the principal says children are getting distracted in class and fighting over them on the playground.
Submitted by Lynn Russo Whylly on Thu, 10/17/2013 - 9:23am
Their school swapped sloppy joes and fried chicken for organic roasted tofu and braised black beans, and these kids aren’t complaining. Students at the top-rated Public School 244, in Flushing, have longer attention spans and better academic scores since the school went vegetarian.
Submitted by Lynn Russo Whylly on Thu, 10/17/2013 - 9:20am
Racial tensions and gang problems were plaguing a Northern California high school when three students arrived for classes in 2010 wearing American flag T-shirts on Cinco de Mayo.
Submitted by Lauren Williams on Wed, 10/16/2013 - 3:04pm
Under a revised plan, all 650,000 students in the Los Angeles Unified School District would have iPads to use by the end of 2015 rather than the original target date of 2014. Principals and certified teachers at all of district campuses would have the extra time to attend orientation programs on the use of the devices.
Submitted by Lauren Williams on Wed, 10/16/2013 - 3:00pm
The program is designed for families to join their toddlers as they interact with other children age 5 and younger. It can be as beneficial for parents as well as their children, as Flocken learned.
Submitted by Lauren Williams on Wed, 10/16/2013 - 2:56pm
Now, it seems, the state is giving the green light not only to the standards but also to related exams that students will have to pass to graduate from high school. But it is not providing additional funding to implement the mandates, and educators in Philadelphia and other cash-strapped districts say their students are being set up for failure.
Submitted by Lauren Williams on Wed, 10/16/2013 - 2:51pm
A family of four would pay about $400 more each year, she said. Since most families get tax refunds, those would typically be smaller.