The national graduation rate hit a record high of 81 percent in the 2012-13 school year, according to the Department of Education. Federal initiatives such as Race to the Top, Investing in Innovation and School Improvement Grants were credited for gains in closing achievement and opportunity gaps among students.
The Odessa-Montour Central School District Board of Education named Christopher Wood as the district’s next superintendent. He is currently the principal of the Odessa-Montour Junior-Senior High School, a position he started in 2012.
Joseph Davis, a superintendent from a small, high-poverty district in North Carolina, is the next superintendent of the struggling Missouri district. He replaces Art McCoy, who resigned last spring.
Most likely, Eli and Edythe Broad Foundation is just seeing what any close watcher of urban districts can see. It's clear to education experts that only a few traditional urban school districts favored with both strong leadership and resources can continue to improve pretty much on their own.
Between 2008 and 2013, in-school arrests dropped 34.8 percent statewide while expulsions declined 31 percent and out-of-school suspensions fell 46.5 percent, according to a report released by Connecticut Voices for Children. However, minority students face disciplinary action more often than their white peers.
The Texas district is scrambling to make sure nearly 600 students slated to graduate this year have met the necessary state requirements after an internal investigation revealed widespread problems, including students receiving credit for courses they hadn't taken or repeatedly taking the same course despite passing each time.
PublicSchoolWORKS has released a new online staff training course to address peer discriminatory harassment and the confidentiality, due-process rights and freedom of speech requirements for district administrators.
Two members of Freedom From Religion Foundation are suing a south Georgia school because they say it is conducting daily prayers in class and embarrassed their children after the parents complained.
Legislation has been introduced to create an Opportunity School District that will allow the state to temporarily step in to assist chronically failing schools. The district would take in no more than 20 schools per year and schools would stay in the district for five to 10 years.
A+ Mobile Solutions' Aldebaran NAO Robot and its development software are available as an optional add-on to its Mobile STEM Lab - Intelligent Laptop Cart. Students can learn to program the robot to perform simple to complex behaviors using the Choregraphe software.
Whatever lawmakers do to boost salaries, they need to make sure the state assumes full costs of compensation in the long term. Getting this done might be simpler if the state bargained directly over wages and health care with the state teachers’ unions and left non-pay issues for its local affiliates.
The per-student funding allocation in Gov. Rick Snyder's proposed budget concerns school leaders. Per-student foundation grants would rise by $75, but districts say certain funding cuts make the net of that much smaller and the budget doesn't factor in inflationary costs.
Students unable to enroll in the public or charter school of their choice and all children on Indian reservations would qualify for the state's private school voucher program under a pair of bills approved by an Arizona Senate committee.
Only 45 percent of low-income children who eat lunch at school in Pennsylvania also eat a school breakfast, according to a report released by a national food research group. Pennsylvania's score was several percentage points below the national average.