Submitted by Ariana Fine on Tue, 05/19/2015 - 10:57pm
Thousands of public-school teachers from Seattle, Mercer Island and Issaquah marched through downtown Seattle to appeal for higher pay and to protest the Legislature’s failure to budget money to lower class sizes.
Submitted by Ariana Fine on Tue, 05/19/2015 - 10:55pm
The Louisiana House voted down a bill that would have mandated the immediate return to Orleans Parish of all schools that had been in the Recovery system for at least five years and were no longer failing. The Recovery School District took over 80 percent of New Orleans public schools after Hurricane Katrina.
Submitted by Ariana Fine on Tue, 05/19/2015 - 1:08am
Greater communication between school nurses and families on how to manage asthma could help reduce the number of school absences for children afflicted with the chronic disease, according to preliminary data from an ongoing study in Connecticut.
Submitted by Ariana Fine on Tue, 05/19/2015 - 12:40am
Chicago's city and school district ratings were pushed to below investment grade. The amount of money the district spends annually on debt has increased by 50 percent to $468 million since 2009. At this rate, the district could face rapid cash burn and an eventual liquidity crisis, pushing it to make cuts to the classroom that are desperately needed.
Submitted by Ariana Fine on Tue, 05/19/2015 - 12:35am
The state is eliminating the requirement of some math assessments from the final course grades, citing a lack of independently verified statewide assessment results. Districts will need to calculate final course grades and make promotion decisions without regard to the 30 percent statutory requirement.
Submitted by Ariana Fine on Tue, 05/19/2015 - 12:30am
After its debut year, Maine appears to be on the path to dumping its new statewide test meant to measure what students have learned. The Legislature’s Education and Cultural Affairs Committee voted to end the state’s membership in the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium.
Submitted by Ariana Fine on Tue, 05/19/2015 - 12:14am
Last week, the state Board of Education declined to appoint a new Alabama Public Charter School Commission, as called for in the law. Only two months after Alabama's charter school law was passed, another bill has been introduced to take the state board out of the process.
Submitted by Ariana Fine on Mon, 05/18/2015 - 3:18pm
The newly repealed controversial salary cap, in place since 2011, prohibits a district chief from earning more than the governor’s $175,000 salary in base pay. But school districts say the cap has led to turnover as superintendents retired, took jobs in other states or switched professions.
Submitted by Alison DeNisco on Sun, 05/17/2015 - 5:47pm
On the rise are cases in which families living in districts with failing schools have been accused of “stealing an education” and have been fined for lying about where they live on official district documents. Others have been criminally charged and, in some cases, jailed.
Submitted by Alison DeNisco on Sun, 05/17/2015 - 5:42pm
A decade after state legislators eliminated what was regarded as one of the worst taxes in Ohio, the move continues to haunt state officials and local school districts.