Lawmakers need to find the revenue, restore the funding the state's schools have lost, and start fixing the school funding formula so that politics do not play any role whatsoever in how much state funding school districts receive.
The Florida district and six other community partners are renewing their Community of Readers Initiative with myON. The community-wide program is working to raise literacy by providing full access to myON’s personalized literacy environment for every child in Hillsborough County from birth to eighth grade.
More Connecticut students report feeling sad and hopeless and they are seeking help at school-based health clinics. In the most recent survey, 27.2 percent of teens said they felt sad or hopeless everyday for two weeks or more.
Chicago Public Schools CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett has resigned in the wake of the federal probe of a $20.5 million no-bid contract the district handed her former employer.
She comes to the Alabama school district from Monroe County Schools, where she served as superintendent since 2011. Kathy Murphy is replacing Andy Craig, who left Hoover City Schools last November to take a position with the State Board of Education.
A national innovative science curriculum for high school students is being launched with a focus on cancer genetics. In 2008, the Val Skinner Foundation and the LIFE Center at Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey established BioCONECT, an inquiry-based biology curriculum for high school students designed to increase breast cancer awareness.
Parked among other foods trucks on St. Paul's streets this summer will be a real food truck featuring a decidedly untrendy but free cuisine: school lunch. Hoping to increase participation in the city's Summer Food Service Program, the truck will distribute meals to kids who can't make it to community locations for food.
The state's K12 public schools will get roughly $106 million in increased general funding under a budget deal, a figure that is $28 million less than sought by education advocates. Nearly $56 million won't be factored into future increases.
Proposals to add substantial funding for public education were whittled down to an increase that doesn’t even keep pace with inflation and still leaves the state $5 billion below the funding level of 2008 in terms of real purchasing power.
In addition to providing professional development for more than 600 teachers and administrators, Expeditionary Learning will provide Denver Public Schools with the curriculum for grades 4-8 for the 2015-16 academic year. The school system will also use its English Language Arts curriculum for approximately 18,000 students.
The Wisconsin city's school board granted an additional $1.9 million to address student behavior next school year, more than doubling the resources dedicated to a controversial discipline policy.
Current Wakefield Public Schools Superintendent Stephen Zrike Jr. will assume control of Holyoke Public Schools as a receiver. He will hold the power of superintendent and school committee in the Massachusetts district that has long faced academic challenges.
Schools need to educate parents about the warning signs of bullying, the mood and behavior changes that indicate a student is being victimized. They need to educate students and parents about the limitations of official responses, to let victims know not to expect immediate and dramatic intervention but to understand the importance of speaking up.
The Miccosukee Indian School is the first tribal school to receive a waiver for some requirements of the federal education regulations. The school will be allowed to use a different definition of what is known as “adequate yearly progress,” a standard in the no-child regulations.
In the end, Senate leaders had no interest in dealing with school finance during the 2015 legislative session, while House leaders did not want the Senate’s $100 million plan to let public school students transfer to private or religious schools at state expense.