While participation in interscholastic sports has increased for the past three decades, verbal abuse, low pay and long hours are driving high school sports officials off fields and disrupting athletic schedules.
While the focus on grade-level standardized tests keeps many schools bound to traditional grade-level classrooms, others are finding ways to make multiage classes work and say their students are thriving.
Across the country, districts are cutting chronic absenteeism with an array of strategies—some as simple as mailing letters to parents, and others as complex as offering counseling, mentoring and support services.
As parents increasingly turn to marijuana to treat children with chronic health conditions and severe maladies such as seizures, school district administrators have had to establish rules for the drug’s use on school grounds.
Co-principals Shy-Quon Ely II and Brooke Beavers, most recently co-leaders of a local charter, will focus on improving test scores, preventing state intervention and establishing closer ties with families and the community.
In his new book What School Could Be, innovation expert Ted Dintersmith profiles schools that focus on innovation and “real” learning, rather than endlessly drilling on formulas and definitions that don’t matter in today’s world.