Submitted by Ariana Fine on Sun, 07/19/2015 - 4:16pm
The department will retract the charter-school sponsor evaluations it issued this year, following an outcry that internet charter-school achievement data were arbitrarily left out of the criteria, in potential violation of state law.
Submitted by Ariana Fine on Sun, 07/19/2015 - 4:07pm
An education advocacy group sued 13 of the largest school systems in California, claiming that they have ignored a state law when they barred the use of test results in evaluations through collective-bargaining agreements with teachers unions.
Submitted by Ariana Fine on Thu, 07/16/2015 - 10:57pm
A federal judge has decided to limit the U.S. Department of Justice's oversight of the Allentown School District to one more year. Federal officials had proposed an additional two years of oversight as the district works to implement a plan to address sexual harassment claims within the school district.
Submitted by Ariana Fine on Thu, 07/16/2015 - 10:44pm
To bridge the gap between school years for anxious parents and its nearly 356,000 students, the fourth-largest U.S. school district in the nation created an annual online catalog designed to address everything from school holidays to bus transportation to vaccination requirements.
Submitted by Ariana Fine on Thu, 07/16/2015 - 10:31pm
Under a new spending plan, Jefferson Parish public school teachers will get a $600 bonus this school year, while most other employees will get a $500 bonus. The BP settlement, which totals $32.7 million before attorney fees, stems from damages caused by the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil disaster in the Gulf of Mexico.
Submitted by Ariana Fine on Thu, 07/16/2015 - 10:26pm
Some advocates for children in Massachusetts are suggesting another way to help stem the opioid epidemic: Beginning with a survey, screen every public school student for substance use. With more than 1,000 overdose deaths last year, advocates say the state should focus on prevention as early as middle school.
Submitted by Ariana Fine on Thu, 07/16/2015 - 10:14pm
State legislators do not need to fully fund an education budget formula every year, a judge ruled in a lawsuit filed by a former governor last year on behalf of 21 school districts, including the state’s second-largest district.
Submitted by Ariana Fine on Thu, 07/16/2015 - 10:09pm
The Ohio governor signed a controversial bill that drastically changes how the state can step in to run "failing" school districts by creating a new CEO position, allowing mayors to appoint school board members and giving the CEO power to override parts of union contracts.
Submitted by Ariana Fine on Thu, 07/16/2015 - 12:33pm
A effort to increase kids’ scientific knowledge of climate change failed in the Senate, after one senator expressed concern that the measure would result in a lot of “wasted paper.” The measure would have created a competitive grant program for public school districts to develop or improve climate change education curricula.
Submitted by Ariana Fine on Thu, 07/16/2015 - 2:39am
East Lansing schools will suspend the use of an outside contractor who helped teach the district's sex education curriculum. The vote came three months after the district came under fire for its sex education curriculum at the high school, which has an abstinence-only component.