Submitted by Ariana Fine on Mon, 06/22/2015 - 12:40am
A Texas law that's sent about 100,000 students a year to criminal court for missing school is off the books. Gov. Greg Abbott has signed into law a measure to decriminalize unexcused absences and require school districts to implement preventive measures.
Submitted by Ariana Fine on Mon, 06/22/2015 - 12:30am
A school district’s enrollment, relative wealth and its ability to generate local tax revenue are at the heart of a school funding formula proposed by the state's Basic Education Funding Commission. Pennsylvania is one of only a few states without a consistent formula.
Submitted by Ariana Fine on Sun, 06/21/2015 - 12:49am
The U.S. Justice Department reached a settlement with the state to overhaul the way young people are arrested and processed through the juvenile courts. The deal follows a federal report which uncovered systemic violations of due process rights of juveniles for minor infractions such as truancy or wearing the wrong clothes to school.
Submitted by Ariana Fine on Thu, 06/18/2015 - 4:34pm
In two weeks, Georgia will have five times more districts operating with more freedom from state rules. School districts that accept the Investing in Educational Excellence model must push more decision-making down to the school level. In exchange, they get to keep money-saving waivers from some state mandates.
Submitted by Ariana Fine on Thu, 06/18/2015 - 4:25pm
The Florida Board of Education will vote on a rule change that would require prospective charter school governing board members to list their past affiliations with other charter schools, including those that have failed, and detail the performance of those campuses.
Submitted by Ariana Fine on Thu, 06/18/2015 - 4:21pm
After trimming more than $6 million, the Michigan city's school board vote on a $151 million budget for 2015-16 school year. Budget cuts include a retirement incentive for veteran teachers, changes in transportation and changes in the way the district uses substitute teachers.
Submitted by Ariana Fine on Thu, 06/18/2015 - 3:59pm
For the past three years, Delta High School has been working to adopt the early college programming, offering an increasing number of early college courses, training faculty and finding funding. The University of Indianapolis has now officially endorsed Delta as an early college high school.
Submitted by Ariana Fine on Thu, 06/18/2015 - 3:30pm
Overruling a local school board's objections, the California county's board of education approved a new Rocketship charter school in San Jose. The Franklin-McKinley district had rejected Rocketship's application after only being able to verify 4 percent of parent signatures submitted, far short of the signatures representing 50 percent of projected enrollment as required by state law.
Submitted by Ariana Fine on Thu, 06/18/2015 - 3:22pm
The Senate Committee on Education dealt a blow to charter schools by approving a bill that imposes a moratorium on charter expansions and requires town council approval before any new charter can go forward.
Submitted by Ariana Fine on Thu, 06/18/2015 - 3:07pm
Pennsylvania’s public school funding formula will most likely undergo an overhaul based on commission recommendations to take into account charter schools and each district’s tax base. A new factor will go beyond accounting for the percentage of poorer students to adjust for the level and concentration of poverty in a school district.