Gov. Chris Christie has asked the state's highest court to allow his administration to override school funding and teacher tenure laws governing low-income school districts. The Supreme Court filings come on the heels of Christie's proposed school funding formula that would provide equal funding for every child, regardless of poverty level.
The author of "cameras in the classroom" legislation said he plans to draft a clarification bill when the regular session starts in January over concerns the current law places an unexpected financial burden on school districts across the state. The way the law is written, it actually requires entire school districts to install cameras in every special-education classroom after a parent’s request.
A former Queen Anne’s County school superintendent who left after a political shift on her community’s school board is now stepping into one of Maryland’s top education posts. Carol Williamson has become the state's chief academic officer and deputy state superintendent for teaching and learning.
PebbleGo Vote is an election-season resource connected to Capstone's PebbleGo databases. It allows students to share their presidential preference while learning about key civic concepts such as democracy, various elected offices and past presidents.
An organization representing school boards in Kansas said that the next education funding formula may need to look a lot like the old one that Kansas lawmakers repealed last year. But the Kansas Association of School Boards said it wanted to be careful not to fall back on the verbiage and jargon of the old formula.
A new philanthropic effort led by Laurene Powell Jobs, the widow of Apple co-founder Steve Jobs, is placing $10 million bets on 10 high schools over the next five years that she and others hope will spark experimentation nationwide.
The way we deliver urban public education reinforces inequalities and works against school improvement, whether it is seniority-based teacher assignment, “last in, first out” layoff policies or local politics. Most public schools lack any real control to innovate around their staffing, budgets and educational programs. Urban public schools must be more nimble, responsive, equitable and innovative.
In Texas, unelected state officials have quietly devised a system that has kept thousands of disabled kids out of special education. Their efforts have saved the Texas Education Agency billions of dollars but denied vital supports to children with autism, ADHD, dyslexia, epilepsy, speech impediments, traumatic brain injuries, blindness and deafness, an investigation found.
The Williamson County Commission passed two resolutions that approve more than $50 million for land and construction on two new schools, including a K8 school and an elementary-middle school.
The public would rather fix a school than close it. And the data shows that's mostly what happens; districts chose not to close schools and disperse the children 98.5 percent of the time, even though some research shows kids benefit if the receiving schools are better, as do the future students when given better options.
To infuse technology into the science curriculum for its K12 students, Fayette County Public Schools has purchased wireless sensors from PASCO Scientific for all 26 schools. The wireless line—which includes pH, temperature, pressure, force/acceleration, conductivity, light, voltage and current sensors—is compatible with multiple platforms.
Despite calls from the U.S. Department of Education to curb punitive discipline, Alabama and 18 other states still allow corporal punishment in their public schools, although parental permission is often required. In fact, 107 of Alabama’s 133 school districts use corporal punishment.
The Obama Administration is asking schools and colleges across the nation to stop relying so much on campus-based police officers as disciplinarians. The ongoing misuse of law enforcement officers at schools can unnecessarily leave children with criminal records, warns the U.S. Department of Education.
It’s evident that today’s young people are inherently aware of the return on investment provided by a college education. High school students, based on their reported stressors, are willing to work for that gain, but once they actually finish their secondary education, the harsh realities of the world away from home are heavy.
Guilford County Schools has signed on with x2VOL to track the thousands of hours the North Carolina district's students give each year to serving in the community. x2VOL records and authenticates service-learning hours in addition to helping with districtwide strategic character education goals and individual student service learning reflection.