The members of the School Funding Interim Commission should reflect the diversity of the state and its public schools. Its one guiding principle should be to simplify by making funding formulas easier to understand would increase transparency and confidence.
This year, in response to complaints that teachers didn’t fully understand how the new teacher evaluation ratings were generated last year, New Mexico's Public Education Department will include more detailed evaluation categories, including student test scores, principal observations, teacher attendance and student surveys.
The Assembly bill does not specifically prohibit investigators from posing questions to children but it does require school boards to adopt a policy for residency investigations. The bill also requires investigators to identify themselves truthfully and five days' written notice to families before an investigation starts.
The number of children enrolled in state-funded preschool programs nationwide increased modestly by about 8,500 seats during the 2013-14 school year—an increase of 4 percent for 3-year-olds and 29 percent for4-year-olds served by these programs.
After a nationwide search, Council Rock School District has hired a new superintendent. Robert Fraser, currently West Chester Area School District's assistant superintendent, will replace Mark Klein, who was Council Rock's superintendent for 11 years before announcing his retirement.
Kids and teens who suffer a concussion worry about their academic skills in the weeks afterward, and older kids and those with more severe symptoms seem to worry the most, according to a new study.
The LanSchool Connection Service in the newest release of Stoneware, Inc.'s classroom management software now supports up to 10,000 connections and will auto direct students and teachers. The Chromebook extension has also been upgraded to include other LanSchool features.
The latest edition to Codelocks' KitLock range of electronic push-button locks—the NANO90—is a new lock based on the company’s cabinet lock, but with a much smaller footprint.
A bill in the Legislature is aimed at returning, against the will of charter operators, some once-failing Recovery School District schools to the control of the Orleans Parish School Board. The bill has all the makings of a shotgun marriage, seeking to force a relationship that hasn’t been nurtured at the local level.
Computer-based testing of the ACT will be available next year in the 18 states and additional districts that require students — typically juniors — to take the ACT during the school day. About 1 million students could be affected.
Shell Squad Adventures is a new kindergarten readiness software that combines automated progression rules with advanced gaming functionality to teach preschoolers 18 core early literacy and math skills.
The Alpine Board of Education has named Samuel Y. Jarman as the new superintendent of schools. He succeeds retiring Superintendent Vernon M. Henshaw. Jarman has worked as assistant principal at American Fork High and American Fork Junior High, and served as principal of Provo High School for seven years.
Massachusetts' superintendents want lawmakers to comb through all the edicts and mandates that they've passed down to schools, and begin to streamline them. Get rid of repetition and time-wasters, and give them back the time and money that they need to do their jobs.
Texas Educational Solutions and StudyDog are teaming up to offer Texas schools a summer program to prepare Limited English Proficient (LEP) students for kindergarten and first grade reading. Schools are required by the state to offer LEP programs over the summer recess.
Fairfax is the largest school system in Virginia with more than 186,000 students. School board member Ryan McElveen, a proponent behind the amendment, said the proposal is designed to bring a "new age of respect," for transgender individuals.