State support for schools last year was 62.7 percent of costs, a report from the nonpartisan Legislative Fiscal Bureau shows. That’s up from 62.3 percent in 2014 and 62 percent in 2013. The state used to have a commitment to funding two-thirds of schools’ costs, but that was eliminated in 2003.
Neurological research shows that tragic experiences can affect brain development and impact a child's ability to concentrate and relax. Schools are discovering that practicing mindfulness can helps students who have experienced trauma develop self-calming skills.
The Chicago school system needed money—fast. Two Wall Street players saw an opportunity to invest. They have made realized and paper profits exceeding $110 million on purchases this year of $763 million in Chicago Public Schools bonds.
Carolyn McGuffog will lead the New York district, which serves students with special needs, when superintendent Edward Placke steps down in the spring after leading for 12 years. McGuffog has worked in the Pleasantville school district for 26 years as a school psychologist and, since 2004, as the assistant superintendent for special education.
Colorado school boards who claim Colorado’s Taxpayer Bill of Rights has decimated student funding have joined a five-year legal fight to have the law dismantled. Five Colorado school boards have been added as new plaintiffs in the original 2011 federal lawsuit filed against the anti-tax measure.
Alhambra Elementary School District has selected DecisionEd to provide data management, analytics and reports in addition to delivering performance management solutions.
Lingering teacher vacancies were a real problem in the district last year, with thousands of students lacking a classroom teacher for a significant part of the term. In response, the state Department of Education recently ordered the Philadelphia district to provide compensatory education to remedy the educational loss.
Fifty-three people from across the country have applied to be superintendent of North Carolina's newest school system, known as the Achievement School District, which will serve students in some of the state's lowest-performing schools.
A federal court decision led some New York schools to block child-abuse investigators from interviewing students at school without their parents' consent. The state Office of Children and Family Services is hoping clarified rules have eased the fears of school officials across the state, some of whom raised concern that they might be held liable if a wrongly accused parent sues.
The ongoing presidential campaign is a golden opportunity for social studies teachers to bring real-world events to lessons about the election process. To support those efforts, Boxlight has updated the popular Mimio lesson series “Get Out the Vote!,” hosted on the MimioConnect website, with new subject matter about the nominees, voting, polling, political parties, state representatives, and more.
School districts in several states have notified parents of increased security due to "clown threats" as the creepy clown phenomenon sweeping the country continues to cause alarm. The clown sightings spread to several more states in recent days and a clown is in critical condition in Indiana after getting shot.
If America wants to remain competitive, we have to keep our young people engaged. U.S. business and political leaders should learn from the German approach and invest in creating and supporting a German-style vocational education system. Businesses will get the skilled workers they need and young people will see new career opportunities open up to them.
One of the latest improvements made to the Recap app is the new two-way commenting feature that allows students to respond to teacher comments under video responses, enabling a deeper conversation within the app.
When Charlotte-Mecklenburg eliminated race as a factor in student assignment, it not only meant less diverse schools; it also created a feedback loop that made the problem worse. As a result of the relationship between race and wealth, the social, political and economic capital became ever more concentrated in a small number of very white neighborhoods.
Many District of Columbia public schools are skipping emergency drills, such as fire drills and lockdowns, according to a recent watchdog report. And a handful of schools may not have held any drills at all in some recent years.