Submitted by Lynn Russo Whylly on Thu, 05/30/2013 - 11:03am
Former state Rep. Annette Polly Williams, a key figure in making Wisconsin the first state with a school choice program, spoke out against Gov. Scott Walker's plan to expand the program to at least nine more school districts. A blog post on Williams' criticisms prompted George Mitchell, a longtime school choice advocate and contributor to Walker's campaign since 2009, to call Williams racist.
Submitted by Lynn Russo Whylly on Thu, 05/30/2013 - 10:39am
Jeb Bush praised charter schools and slammed traditional public schools and teachers unions in a speech at a Macinac (Mich.) school Wednesday, saying that public education “dumbs down standards to make adults look better," a phrase often used by U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan.
Submitted by Lynn Russo Whylly on Thu, 05/30/2013 - 10:37am
The Chicago Teachers Union and a group of parents are asking a circuit court to block the school board from shutting down 10 city schools. In a lawsuit, the plaintiffs claim that Chicago Public Schools violated its own guidelines by disregarding the recommendations of independent hearing officers who objected to the closures.
Submitted by Lynn Russo Whylly on Thu, 05/30/2013 - 8:55am
More than 40 percent of New Jersey's students saw traditional holidays, such as Martin Luther King Day or President's Day, cancelled this year. A quarter had a shortened spring break. And 40 percent will remain in classrooms longer this month, with lessons stretching well into June and some graduations pushed back later into the month, all thanks to Superstorm Sandy.
Submitted by Lauren Williams on Wed, 05/29/2013 - 12:06pm
That's the belief of local school officials who said that regardless of the Colorado Supreme Court's decision that the school finance system is constitutional, it isn't adequate to get the job done.
Submitted by Lauren Williams on Wed, 05/29/2013 - 12:04pm
In the Sunnyvale elementary district, where 82 percent of Asian students become proficient in algebra, only 10 percent of Latino students do. The district is tied with Berryessa and San Mateo-Foster City for the lowest Latino algebra proficiency rate -- the greatest single predictor of college success -- among 54 school districts in San Mateo and Santa Clara counties.
Submitted by Lauren Williams on Wed, 05/29/2013 - 12:02pm
There were 19 evacuations in April, with an increase after the Boston Marathon bombings on April 15. Most took place on Mondays and Thursdays and were usually triggered by a note or graffiti.
Submitted by Lauren Williams on Wed, 05/29/2013 - 12:01pm
The additional money is needed so the School Department can end the fiscal year in June with a balanced budget. The School Committee is scheduled to vote on the request at its June 5 meeting.
Submitted by Lauren Williams on Wed, 05/29/2013 - 11:59am
A review by the state has found that the 14,000-student district will end the current school year with a $17.7-million deficit. Without scaling back, the district will exhaust the remainder of the $55-million loan and other funds next year and will be unable to fund the school year in fall 2014.
Submitted by Lauren Williams on Wed, 05/29/2013 - 11:58am
Many children land, enthusiastically, on the expected side. Others dabble in both "girl" and "boy" things. But what if your kid, even from an early age, mostly showed interest in doing opposite-gender things? More importantly, what if they wanted to BE the opposite gender — or a less-defined mix of both? And what if they wanted to test those limits in public places, like school?