The final days of any regular session include frantic deal-making and sneaky maneuvering by special interests, but the bargain that compelled the Nevada Legislature to roll back the prevailing wage exemption contained in school construction legislation already signed into law was counterproductive. The result will be fewer school projects at higher costs.
The new law offers the option of education savings accounts to students who has been enrolled in a public school for at least 100 consecutive days. State funding for students would go directly into special savings accounts for parents to pay for services such as private school, transportation costs or tutoring.
This fall, Minneapolis students with mild autism will have to attend their neighborhood schools instead of being allowed to go to specialized schools for kids with special needs. The district says it's shifting resources to create a more inclusive support system for these students but some parents would like to get rid of the new approach.
Chippewa Falls Middle School Principal Heidi Eliopoulos-Taylor has been named the finalist for the Chippewa Falls school district’s superintendent position. She will replace Superintendent Brad Saron, who is leaving to become the head of the Sun Prairie School District.
Beginning this week, every student in the city, regardless of income level, is being offered free breakfast and lunch under a federal program that allows school districts to eliminate a decades-old meal-subsidy structure for students in high-poverty schools.
The inclusion of disciplinary records in college admissions is important, in part, because the extent to which teachers discipline students often depends on the students’ race. Numerous studies show that students of color are likely to be punished more severely than white students.
The implementation of mentorship programs for at least the first two years is important in order to retain new teachers. In addition, teachers often equate adoption of standardized curriculum with no longer possessing autonomy over their own classrooms. Elected officials seem to have more power over what goes into a lesson plan than the average teacher.
Despite heavy lobbying from the private sector against it, the Salinas Union High School District will proceed to build its next high school using a pro-union Project Labor Agreement. As a result, the district will seek pacts with local contractors that prioritize union labor to build its fifth high school.
A citizen advisory group on literature recommended moving the John Steinbeck novel onto the approved book list for voluntary, small-group study as the profanity and racial slurs in it were deemed inappropriate for regular ninth grade classroom instruction. The Coeur d’Alene school board voted to keep it on the freshmen classroom reading list.
The Confucius Institute at MTSU is leading a delegation of Tennessee school administrators for a whirlwind sample of Chinese elementary and secondary schools to better understand Chinese teaching methods, pupil-teacher ratios and other differences.
Edmentum has received Florida Department of Education approval of 26 courses for the 2015–16 school year. These courses, accessible through Plato Courseware and EdOptions Academy, were approved for grades 6 through 12.
More than a decade ago, Jefferson County borrowed $1 billion for school construction. By refinancing the $600 million remaining on that debt, the tax is extended for an additional 19 years in a new bill. The county's public schools will get $18 million annually, which will be allocated to schools based on enrollment.
The Buford City Commission approved the sale of $33 million in bonds for the construction of the new Buford High School. Current plans anticipate the new $50 million high school could open for the 2017-18 school year.
Principal Jonathan Smith took over the habitually low-performing T.W. Browne Middle School in Oak Cliff this school year, and one of his first moves was to implement a computerized system to alert parents by phone and letter when their children behave exceptionally well or badly.
The Nevada Legislature approved a record $1.1 billion general fund tax package in addition to $336 million directed to the state school fund.