Although the two are on opposite sides in next week's Los Angeles school board elections, both the charter-school backers and the teachers union view the school district's ill-fated and expensive effort to provide iPads to all students as key to victory.
The House voted for a bill that would allow a minimum of two fundraising activities each week that don’t meet federal nutrition guidelines. While states can set the number of fundraisers school districts can have that don’t meet the guidelines, the Michigan Department of Education had decided not to allow any.
The Texas school district has allocated $283.6 million of the total for new construction. The main growth projects in the bond include its fifth high school, 10th intermediate school, a new elementary school and an early childhood education center.
A successful career does not a great teacher make, and it’s reasonable to require professional development work for those without traditional college qualifications. But rather than ruling them categorically unqualified, if they can’t cut it as teachers, allow them to be fired, as would happen in any other profession.
Changes for Detroit Public Schools include a new K12 International Baccalaureate program, a high school program expansion, and a new honors “school-within-a-school,” among other programs.
State lawmakers say they have heard the opposition against Gov. Scott Walker's proposal to cut state funding for public schools by $150 a student. And they plan to put the money back in the budget through two different channels of funding.
The Pennsylvania school district is considering outsourcing its health services as a way to expand medical services—a move that might mean privatizing jobs held by unionized school nurses.
Pulaski County Special School District voters defeated a proposed 5.6-mill property-tax increase to finance a $221 million school construction plan and help end federal court supervision of the district's desegregation efforts.
If American schools did a better job teaching about history and government, students likely would grow up to be more engaged, voting adults. Kids today wouldn't buy a cell phone without knowing how it works, yet schools graduate young people without a grounded understanding of how their own democratic institutions operate best.
An effort to permit school districts to spend reserve money to ease budgetary pain is on its last legislative leg. Some state lawmakers still hope to pass a measure allowing school districts to tap into their cash reserves, but key legislators say any proposal is unlikely to pass the Iowa Legislature this year.
The Foundation for Florida Virtual School is turning over financial records to Florida Virtual School in response to a court order, as the struggle over who controls the foundation continues after allegations of fiscal mismanagement and violation of public-records and open-meetings laws.
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The Fund for Public Schools, the nonprofit organization that former Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg and his schools chancellors built into a fund-raising juggernaut, is struggling to attract donations. The fund, which raised an average of $29 million a year over the last decade, has raised just $18 million this fiscal year.
If we want to re-engage learners, re-professionalize teachers, and re-think how we prepare students for a globally competitive working life, we need to follow the learners, and develop more open learning systems — ones that are outward-facing, highly collaborative, co-created and purpose-driven.
A new version of the education tax credit legislation would offer three separate tax credits: one for individuals who donate money to private school scholarship funds, one to reimburse public school teachers for out-of-pocket expenses and one to offset private tuition costs.