Ten years ago, six African-American boys in Louisiana got into a fight with a white classmate at school. Rather than breaking it up, school administrators called the police. Where other students might have been sent home or suspended, the "Jena Six" were arrested and charged with attempted second-degree murder and conspiracy.
Many parents are up in arms after Metro Nashville Public Schools switched to a new student tracking system this year, leaving them without the ability to check student grades and wreaking havoc on bus routes.
Superintendent of schools now has a clear directive for when to close non-air conditioned schools—if the heat index is forecast to reach 90 degrees by 2 p.m., non-air conditioned schools must be dismissed two hours early.
Projects range from critical repairs to crumbling ceilings to safety improvements on windows that would help stop an intruder. The plan also calls for security camera systems, lockdown capabilities and a guest management system.
At least a half-dozen states are experimenting with large-scale arts testing—but coming up with a uniform and efficient way to measure a subject that’s all about creativity is difficult.
New rules continue the practice of breaking down standardized test scores and other performance outcomes by demographic groups. This isn’t a big deal for a large city but causes problems in Vermont, where there is little racial and linguistic diversity, the State Board of Education said.
Angry parents headed to Houston Independent School District headquarters Wednesday to protest the district's plan to spend millions in public funds to rename eight schools. The current names of the schools in question all have ties to the Confederacy.
Work ranges from new elementary schools costing up to $14 million, to high school expansions, bus improvements and new academies.
Some see Fariña as a defender of teachers, others as the pawn of teachers unions. Is she merely a supporter of big public schools, of the sort that used to anchor a neighborhood, or does she harbor a visceral antipathy toward charter schools, which often swoop in when bigger schools fail?
A proposal to lift the seven-year ban on diet sodas in Colorado’s high schools would feed a variety of health problems among the state’s school kids, including obesity and tooth decay, health advocates say.
And you thought applying to college could be tough. The online application form for one California charter comprises an intimidating set of documents with a couple dozen pages must be completed before a student is accepted, not after, according to the website.
Iowa’s Area Education Agencies system was designed to help children and families access special education services no matter where they live in Iowa. But budget cuts and service reductions have prompted many Iowa families that have the means to seek private options.
The School District of Philadelphia doesn’t think it’s getting its fair share of property tax revenue. And it intends to do something about it. The district will hire an outside firm to track down city properties whose assessed value is at least $1 million below what it ought to be.
For a moment, let's pretend. That everything you know about America's public education system—the bitter politics and arcane funding policies, the rules and countless reasons our schools work (or don't) the way they do—is suddenly negotiable.
Schools and universities spent about $768 million on security measures in 2014—a sum that predicted to rise to roughly $907 million for 2016. That’s an awful lot of money to spend at a time when state and local budget cuts are limiting educational opportunities for students across the country.