The Oregon School Boards Association is considering a ballot measure—either a legislative referral or a citizens’ initiative—to remove a conditional aspect of a constitutional article to effectively force the state to spend more on schools.
Drastic changes are being considered for the Boston public school system due to dropping enrollment in the middle grades. Boston Superintendent Tommy Chang is considering creating an elementary school system that ends at grade six and a high school system that begins at grade seven.
Some Chicago-area school districts are quietly giving tens of thousands of dollars in bonuses to teachers and administrators who are already retired—payouts that come on top of multiple salary spikes given to educators as they head out the door.
School board members voted to approve a contract with newly named Manchester School District Superintendent Bolgen Vargas, a former superintendent of the Rochester City School District in New York. Vargas replaces Debra Livingston, who is retiring after three years at the helm of New Hampshire’s largest school district.
As the population of Texas grows more diverse, some education leaders want to see that change better reflected in the leadership of schools.
Increasing the number of students who go into teaching won’t do any good if they leave education well before retirement. We should be increasing pay and offering loan forgiveness and compensation packages that include housing and child care to attract and retain teachers, who earn 20 percent less than similarly educated college graduates.
At a time when the adolescent’s brain increasingly craves stimulation from peers, education becomes more teacher-centered, offering less small-group interaction and cooperative learning. Teachers promote student embarrassment by posting students’ grades and test results, and restrict social media that could facilitate interpersonal learning.
Directors of the Pennsylvania school district voted to hire Luke J. Lansberry as the next superintendent. He is currently the assistant superintendent at the Altoona School District.
Create a fund where families can donate money or transfer some from their accounts to feed students whose families have fallen behind. Approach local businesses, the alumni association or school foundation as program sponsors. Perhaps there is a valid reason some have fallen behind on payments and free or reduced lunches may now be available as an option.
A serious teacher shortage in Indiana continues for 2016-17, according to a survey of school superintendents. Out of 176 superintendents responding, 162 reported shortages this year. The greatest shortage was in special education, followed by science, math and English.
The state's board of education backed a budget plan that would eliminate funding for the state's controversial two-year-old Best and Brightest bonus, which rewards teachers based on their job evaluations and their SAT or ACT scores.
Pearson announced new capabilities in WriteToLearn, its automatically scored, web-based tool for building writing and reading comprehension skills for students in grades 4-12. In addition to new literature-based prompts for essay writing, the personalized assessment and learning solution now offers student performance and usage data to administrators.
Though the presidential candidates have sometimes discussed education on the campaign trail, with Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton talking up "free college" and pre-K and GOP nominee Donald Trump occasionally cheering school choice and slamming the Common Core, education has clearly not been at the forefront of the debate.
See The Change USA, a nonprofit organization dedicated to introducing physics into middle schools, announced 20 additional schools from several different states have joined its hands-on and age-appropriate physics program.
The U.S. Department of Education has released non-regulatory guidance to help states, districts and schools provide effective services to improve the English language proficiency and academic achievement of English learners (ELs) through Title III of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), as amended by the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA).