Superintendent Casey Wardynski, a retired U.S. Army colonel, took the reins of the Huntsville city school system in 2011. His resignation takes effect less than one month after two outspoken critics won seats on the Alabama city's school board.
The new Comment Stats tool in the video classroom observation platform transforms comments left on teachers’ uploaded videos into a visual, data-driven way for them to identify trends and determine if the professional development is improving teaching practices.
Gov. Jerry Brown signed new legislation that requires the California Instructional Quality Commission to develop a model curriculum in ethnic studies in collaboration with ethnic studies faculty from California universities and experienced public school teachers.
There is simply more demand for schooling than the state’s budget system can accommodate. And so we use lotteries and formulas, so that our officials can avoid the work of deciding who deserves which school resources, and so that Californians can avoid reckoning with our collective failure to support public education.
The Ohio Department of Education has released its school report card results and very few school districts did well. Many school districts and parents are upset about these grades. The report cards seem to be confusing, even to the school districts, their superintendents and parents of students.
The Kansas Association of School Boards say the number of female superintendents in Kansas has tripled over the past 20 years. In the 1995-96 school year, five percent of school district were led by females; the number is 16 percent this school year. There are 280 superintendents in the state.
Gov. Chris Christie has asked the state's highest court to allow his administration to override school funding and teacher tenure laws governing low-income school districts. The Supreme Court filings come on the heels of Christie's proposed school funding formula that would provide equal funding for every child, regardless of poverty level.
The author of "cameras in the classroom" legislation said he plans to draft a clarification bill when the regular session starts in January over concerns the current law places an unexpected financial burden on school districts across the state. The way the law is written, it actually requires entire school districts to install cameras in every special-education classroom after a parent’s request.
A former Queen Anne’s County school superintendent who left after a political shift on her community’s school board is now stepping into one of Maryland’s top education posts. Carol Williamson has become the state's chief academic officer and deputy state superintendent for teaching and learning.
PebbleGo Vote is an election-season resource connected to Capstone's PebbleGo databases. It allows students to share their presidential preference while learning about key civic concepts such as democracy, various elected offices and past presidents.
An organization representing school boards in Kansas said that the next education funding formula may need to look a lot like the old one that Kansas lawmakers repealed last year. But the Kansas Association of School Boards said it wanted to be careful not to fall back on the verbiage and jargon of the old formula.
Home builders, school construction companies and others, bypassing California's Capitol, spent millions to gather signatures to qualify a $9 billion school bond for the ballot. Eleventh-hour Capitol negotiations to craft a smaller substitute bond in June went nowhere, securing Proposition 51’s fall placement.
A new philanthropic effort led by Laurene Powell Jobs, the widow of Apple co-founder Steve Jobs, is placing $10 million bets on 10 high schools over the next five years that she and others hope will spark experimentation nationwide.
The way we deliver urban public education reinforces inequalities and works against school improvement, whether it is seniority-based teacher assignment, “last in, first out” layoff policies or local politics. Most public schools lack any real control to innovate around their staffing, budgets and educational programs. Urban public schools must be more nimble, responsive, equitable and innovative.
In Texas, unelected state officials have quietly devised a system that has kept thousands of disabled kids out of special education. Their efforts have saved the Texas Education Agency billions of dollars but denied vital supports to children with autism, ADHD, dyslexia, epilepsy, speech impediments, traumatic brain injuries, blindness and deafness, an investigation found.