Articles in the Announcements category

Education headlines: Fla. governor approves merit pay, ends tenure for new teachers

Florida Gov. Rick Scott has signed a bill that will invoke merit pay for existing teachers and end tenure for new teachers, according to the Associated Press… Japanese graduation ceremonies are typically held in March, and the New York Times reports on the resilience of students who are receiving diplomas and the uncertainty that they face… The Times also reports that a judge has ruled “New Jersey’s cuts in school financing violate the State Constitution’s mandate to provide “a thorough and efficient’ education system and hit poor districts especially hard.” The state, which is under a 30-year court order to better fund its poor districts, is facing its worst fiscal crisis in decades.

Updating a recent story on the Douglass County, Colo., school board’s plan to provide $4,500 vouchers to parents who wanted to send their children to the area’s private religious schools. As the board approved the plan this week, the Los Angeles Times editorializes that it will worsen inequities between children from poor and middle-class families.

Joetta Sack-Min|March 24th, 2011|Categories: Announcements, School Board News|

Education headlines: “Dropout Factories” declining, many Calif. schools may be unprepared for earthquakes

Following up on the Japanese earthquake and tsunami, NPR notes that “California’s five-year-old program for helping cash-strapped public schools seismically retrofit their most vulnerable buildings has so far disbursed only a tiny portion of the $200 million set aside under the effort.”

A new report by the America’s Promise Foundation finds that there are fewer high school “dropout factories,” identified as schools where less than 60 percent of students earn a diploma… Even affluent Chicago-area school districts are feeling the strain of tough financial times, the Chicago Tribune reports… As high school students continue the trend of applying to more colleges, the result is somewhat tougher competition and more uncertainty. And it has intensified the national debate about the ethics of colleges recruiting ever more applicants, the Los Angeles Times reports.

Joetta Sack-Min|March 22nd, 2011|Categories: Announcements, School Board News|

Education headlines: NSBA letter, Obama call for quick ESEA reauthorization

President Obama is now calling on Congress to reauthorize the No Child Left Behind law and remove some of its most punitive features by the start of the 2011-12 school year, the New York Times reports… But an article in the Christian Science Monitor explains why, even though many in Congress agree the law needs an overhaul, it will still be tough to push through.

NSBA’s advocacy department has also issue a letter to Congress detailing school leaders’ issues with ESEA and the urgent need to complete a reauthorization–with significant changes to the current law–as soon as possible.

Joetta Sack-Min|March 15th, 2011|Categories: Announcements, School Board News|

NSBA General Counsel discusses bullying on C-Span

NSBA General Counsel Francisco M. Negron Jr. appeared on C-Span’s Washington Journal on March 12 to discuss NSBA’s viewpoints on federal bullying policies and the overall concern of bullying and cyberbullying in schools. Negron answered numerous challenging questions from callers with a wide range of opinions from around the country.

The show followed the White House summit on bullying last week. View a replay of Negron’s 45-minute appearance on C-Span’s website, and read more about the White House summit here.

Joetta Sack-Min|March 14th, 2011|Categories: Announcements, Bullying, School Board News, School Boards, School Climate, School Law|

Education headlines: Duncan says up to 82 percent of schools could be “failing” soon

Nearly all of America’s public schools could be labeled “failing” next year under a federal formula that relies mainly on annual testing to gauge progress, Secretary of Education Arne Duncan said this week, the Washington Post reported. In a press release, the Department of Education explains how Duncan estimates that as many as 82 percent of schools could be sanctioned.

In Memphis, voters overwhelmingly approved a referendum this week to give up the charter that created the Memphis City school district, which serves about 103,000 minority and predominantly poor students. If the move is not overturned by courts or state lawmakers, the vote sets up an unprecedented merger between Memphis and the much smaller, less diverse, and more affluent Shelby County school district. NSBA’s Legal Clips has its analysis, here.

And USA Today continues its series on cheating, examining the students and teachers who cheat and the reasons why they do so.

Joetta Sack-Min|March 10th, 2011|Categories: Announcements, School Board News|

NSBA asks for examples of unneeded NCLB regulations

NSBA has an opportunity to influence language in the upcoming Elementary and Secondary Education Act Reauthorization related to federal mandates, data collection requirements and reporting requirements.

The House Committee on Education and the Workforce is soliciting examples from school districts of unnecessary and burdensome requirements.  NSBA’s advocacy department is asking school board members and superintendents or other administrators to complete this survey on Federal Requirements and Mandates by Monday, March 14.

NSBA will consolidate and submit the information to help bolster its case to remove unnecessary and burdensome requirements.  NSBA also will provide information by Congressional district in targeting selected members of the House Education and the Workforce Committee.

In today’s headlines, the Washington Post reports on the Obama administration’s efforts to reauthorize ESEA, noting that the president “is pushing an agenda very similar to his predecessor’s,” former President George W. Bush.

Joetta Sack-Min|March 8th, 2011|Categories: Announcements, Educational Legislation, Elementary and Secondary Education Act, School Board News|

“Let’s Move!” initiative workout event planned

The National Association of Broadcasters Education Foundation has announced that it is spearheading a “Let’s Move! Flash Workout” featuring 16-time Grammy Award winner Beyoncé to demonstrate support for First Lady Michelle Obama’s “Let’s Move” initiative aimed at curbing childhood obesity.

The event, produced in partnership with the National School Boards Association, National Middle School Association, and the American Association of School Administrators, calls for middle school students across the country to participate in a pre-choreographed “Let’s Move!” dance exercise routine at an identical time — Tuesday, May 3, at 1:42 p.m. Eastern Time.

Beyoncé will be the exclusive featured performer for the “Let’s Move! Flash Workout.” She has re-written and re-recorded one of her songs and is providing an instruction video demonstrating the dance/exercise routine. The Beyoncé video will then be distributed to participating schools.

BoardBuzz  commends the “Let’s Move” initiative and this workout event to combat widespread childhood obesity.

Alexis Rice|March 7th, 2011|Categories: Announcements, Middle Schools, Multimedia and Webinars, NSBA Opinions and Analysis, School Boards, Student Achievement, Wellness|

Education headlines: Bipartisan group supports common curriculum proposal

A bipartisan group of education, business and labor leaders—including the American Federation of Teachers, former Secretary of Education Richard Riley, and conservative pundit Chester E. Finn–plan to announce on Monday their support for a common curriculum that states could adopt for public schools, the New York Times reports. The curriculum could complement the common core standards being adopted by most states, supporters say… A USA Today analysis of test scores in six states found dramatic ups and downs in test scores at some schools. Could the No Child Left Behind Act and the increasing call to tie teacher evaluations to student test scores put pressure on teachers to cheat?

Virtual education is booming in states, and is particularly successful at sending specialized instructors to rural and isolated schools, reports… And the Los Angeles Times examines whether extending the number of school days—which some L.A. charter and Catholic schools are doing—will translate to better student learning.

Joetta Sack-Min|March 7th, 2011|Categories: Announcements, School Board News|

Education headlines: N.Y. governor moves to cap superintendent salaries

When a single mother in Ohio was sentenced to jail for falsifying documents to enroll her two daughters in a neighboring school district, advocates for school choice rallied to her defense while critics said she’s a poor role model. NSBA is quoted in this Christian Science Monitor story explaining the complexities of the case… New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, a Democrat, is proposing a cap on superintendents’ salaries, tying their maximum pay to $125,000 to $175,000, based on the size of their districts. The proposal is very similar to a plan from his neighbor in New Jersey, Gov. Chris Christie, a Republican, the New York Times reports…Following up on the Wisconsin budget crisis, the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel reports: “State and local funding for general Wisconsin public school operations would drop 5.5 percent in 2011-’12 while Milwaukee’s private-school voucher program could be poised for a massive expansion under Gov. Scott Walker’s budget proposal.”

The House and Senate appear to have agreed on a budget plan that would avert a government shutdown for two more weeks, the Washington Post reports… A proposed federal budget deal would be particularly hard on early childhood education, with hundreds of thousands of children in Head Start and Early Start programs losing their spots this year, Education Week’s Early Years blog reports.

Joetta Sack-Min|March 2nd, 2011|Categories: Announcements, School Board News|

Education headlines: Unions’ role evolving in collective bargaining debates

Clashes between unions and lawmakers in several states, most notably Wisconsin and Ohio, are recasting the future political landscape for unions, the Washington Post reports… (NSBA Executive Director Anne L. Bryant discusses the collective bargaining process in relation to student achievement in this blog for the National Journal).

Civic leaders in Wake County, N.C., have unveiled a new proposal for integration by achievement, where no school would have an overwhelming number of failing students, the New York Times reports. So far, both sides of the fractured board have found something to like about the plan… California school districts will give out a record number of pink slips to teachers and school staff this year, the San Francisco Chronicle reports.

Joetta Sack-Min|February 28th, 2011|Categories: Announcements, School Board News|
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