Submitted by Lynn Russo Whylly on Thu, 06/27/2013 - 2:14pm
A new elementary school could be in the town’s future if this week's school board discussions gain any traction. But that could mean delaying renovation work at the junior high school. Board members at the meeting agreed that a $38 million project to renovate Coffin Elementary School and Brunswick Junior High School would be too costly for the town to do all at once.
Submitted by Lynn Russo Whylly on Thu, 06/27/2013 - 1:51pm
About 75 educators attended a safety drill this week, where Limerick Township (Pa.) Police Chief Bill Albany and Upper Providence (Pa.) Sgt. Rob Solorio gave a presentation about school shootings, answered questions (Is it better to shelter in place or run?), and dispelled some outdated notions about safety ("A cafeteria table is not cover.")
Submitted by Lynn Russo Whylly on Thu, 06/27/2013 - 1:38pm
U.S. elementary and middle school students have sharpened their reading and math skills since the 1970s, while 17-year-olds stagnated, federal tests show. Almost half of 9-year-olds knew basic arithmetic last year, up from 20 percent in 1978, according to a U.S. Education Department report. Yet, only 7 percent of 17-year-olds solved routine problems involving fractions, percents, algebra, exponents and square roots, the same level as 34 years earlier.
Submitted by Lynn Russo Whylly on Thu, 06/27/2013 - 1:33pm
Candy bars, doughnuts, and regular potato chips will become scarce in schools under new federal rules released Thursday, replaced by healthier options such as granola bars, trail mix, and baked chips. The U.S. Department of Agriculture's new "Smart Snacks in School" nutrition standards represent the first nutritional overhaul of school snacks in more than 30 years.
Submitted by Lauren Williams on Wed, 06/26/2013 - 3:06pm
The district has swelled about 60 percent in a little over a dozen years, according to the study from real estate consulting group CBRE.
Submitted by Lauren Williams on Wed, 06/26/2013 - 3:03pm
About 150 teachers, parents and students boarded three buses in Pittsburgh Tuesday morning headed to Harrisburg as part of a rally of more than 800 at the State Capitol to protest Gov. Tom Corbett’s budget cuts to education.
Submitted by Lauren Williams on Wed, 06/26/2013 - 2:56pm
The bill was passed around the Senate multiple times with intentions to delay implementation until the 2014-15 school year. After multiple amendments, however, the bill approved by the House on June 4 requires implementation this fall, with a full roll-out over the next two years.
Submitted by Lauren Williams on Wed, 06/26/2013 - 2:53pm
The State Senate and Assembly unanimously approved a bill last week that would require audits of every special-education prekindergarten contractor by 2018.
Submitted by Lauren Williams on Wed, 06/26/2013 - 2:51pm
State school board member Mary Scott Hunter said today she regrets that the state's new list of so-called "failing schools" identified under the Alabama Accountability Act includes those that have made significant improvement in recent years.
Submitted by Lauren Williams on Wed, 06/26/2013 - 2:49pm
The state forced the district to ban its ethnic studies courses after a judge found the classes violated state law. Meanwhile, the feds are ordering TUSD to improve the quality of education for minorities as part of its desegregation order.