School districts that receive federal impact aid funds–those with military bases or other federal properties that cause them to lose property tax revenues–are receiving less aid than they are qualified to receive, and desperately need, according to USA Today A school janitor who was sent home after a personnel dispute has been charged in the fatal shooting of an elementary school principal in Northern California this week, the Associated Press reports And the Los Angeles school district has halted production of a reality television show, hosted by celebrity chef Jamie Oliver, that focused on revamping a schools’ cafeteria food to give students healthier selections. The Los Angeles Times says that school officials were worried about how the school would be portrayed in the makeover.
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GOP governors in at least five states have recently proposed eliminating teacher tenure, and the chances of such bills passing in those states and others is increasing because of state budget cuts, the New York Times reports . The Atlanta school board is facing a loss of accreditation after a test-cheating scandal and internal politics, and NSBA Executive Director Anne L. Bryant speaks to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution about fixing the issues with good alternatives to mayoral control The race for the Los Angeles school board is heating up, with a group favoring Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa‘s picks receiving large contributions from developers and financial gurus, according to the Los Angeles Times, which also reports that the teachers’ union has withdrawn support for two of its candidates in the nationa’s second-largest school district
In an unprecedented move, the Memphis City school district is preparing to give up its charter and merge with the much smaller Shelby County school district, the New York Times reports. Such a move would set off tensions between suburban and urban, affluent and poor, white and minority residents as well as raising a host of logistical issues With many high-performing, highly regarded schools being labeling as failing under the No Child Left Behind law, President Obama and his aides will work to make the law more flexible, the Washington Post writes Following up on a case that made national headlines last year because of its brutal violence, the mother of a Deerfield Beach, Fla. teenager who was beaten and kicked by a fellow student wearing steel-toe boots is suing the school district, saying that it did not do enough to keep the violent teen away from her daughter, the Miami Herald reports.
A new Gallup poll shows that 67 percent of Americans oppose cuts to education in federal spending programs “Waiting for Superman,” director Davis Guggenheim’s documentary that slams some traditional public schools while promoting charters, did not receive an Academy Award nomination this weekand Washington Post education columnist Valerie Strauss gives her take on why the film was too biased and fell short on facts President Obama sounded many positive themes on education during his State of the Union speech, but his plans for the Race to the Top program have some analysts scratching their heads, the Christian Science Monitor reports.
House Speaker John Boehner and Sen. Joseph Lieberman plan to introduce bills tomorrow to revive the D.C. vouchers program, which was phased out two years ago because of Democratic opposition, the Washington Post reports The latest results from the National Assessment for Educational Progress science tests were released today, and only about a third of fourth graders and a fifth of high school seniors scored at or above the proficient level, according to the New York Times A Los Angeles judge has approved a settlement that limits or prohibits teacher layoffs in some of the city’s neediest schools, the Los Angeles Times reports And Wyoming lawmakers are considering a measure that would put video cameras in classrooms to help evaluate teachers’ performance, setting of a debate between accountability and free speech rights, according to the Christian Science Monitor.
First Lady Michelle Obama is teaming with Wal-Mart to further her campaign for healthy foods for children, the Washington Post reports When is it too cold for schoolchildren to go outside to play? The answer varies widely based on where a school is located and what the kids are used to, USA Today writes… An evangelical family has traveled from Alabama to Northern Kentucky, saying they were sent by God and are suing a number of entities in Northern Kentucky, including law enforcement, school boards and teachers for allegedly violating their civil rights, according to Cincinnati’s Local 12 News And Los Angeles schools have stepped up their security measures after a school shooting last week, according to the Associated Press.
Washington Post columnist Jay Mathews reviews journalist Gene Maeroff’s new book, “School Boards in America: A Flawed Exercise in Democracy,” and finds that despite the tedious and frustrating aspects of the job some Washington-area boards have made some impressive accomplishments. (Read more about Maeroff’s book in the November issue of ASBJ)
Several school districts across the country are trying out video cameras as a way to deter drivers from passing buses that are loading or unloading children, USA Today writes And school board members in Prince George’s County, Md. , were awakened at 4 a.m. one morning last week in what the Washington Post is called “robo-call revenge.” Turns out, a school system employee mistakenly set a robo-call informing parents that school was closed for a snow day for 4 a.m. instead of the usual 6 a.m. earlier this week, and one annoyed parent decided to send a prank call back to school board members to let them know he did not appreciate the early wake-up call.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture released its draft regulations for the Child Nutrition Act this week. After many concerns about the costs and requirements of the new law, NSBA’s advocacy department is carefully reading the proposal and will issue a response in coming weeks.
The proposed regulations require schools to serve more whole grains, fresh fruits and vegetables, and low-fat dairy products. One of the biggest changes, though, is the limit on sodium contentmeals would have to have at most only half of what is currently allowed. Those guidelines are based on 2009 recommendations by the Institute of Medicine.
The USDA provided a sample before-and after school lunch menu to show the proposed changes in the works. For Monday through Wednesday, the main entrees would change from a bean and cheese burrito, pizza sticks, and hot dog, all served with sides such as applesauce, canned pears, and celery and carrot sticks with ranch dressing, to a submarine sandwich on wheat bread, whole wheat spaghetti with meat sauce, and chef salad, accompanied by items like jicama, green pepper strips, and kiwi slices.
NSBA had many concerns, particularly related to the lack of full funding and implementation of the new law. More information about the law is available on the school nutrition resource page.
The proposed regulations are available in the Jan. 13 Federal Register. School officials and the public may also give responses and recommendations to the USDA. All responses are due by April 13.
Across the country school districts are watching a federal court case in Pennsylvania, which will address whether students should be allowed to wear the “I love boobies” breast-cancer awareness bracelets, USA Today writes… The Washington Post examines the Wake County, N.C. school board and its new members, some with ties to Tea Party groups, and their efforts to dismantle the school system’s acclaimed economic diversity policies School officials in Detroit say they may close half of the city’s schools and increase high school classes to as many as 62 students to deal with a $327 million deficit unless the state steps in to help, the Detroit News reports Meanwhile, officials in Charlotte-Mecklenburg, N.C., are planning to cut 1,500 jobs to balance their budget, according to the Charlotte Observer.
The Miami Herald writes that the Miami-Dade and Broward County, Fla., school districts face nearly $10 million in penalties for violating Florida’s class-size law, the state Department of Education announced this week Education Week’s annual Quality Counts report examines state policies and budgets as most are coping with new demands and fiscal shortfalls… An editorial by former Secretary of Labor Robert Reich in the San Francisco Chronicle outlines why education funding is critical to the nation’s future economy as new California Gov. Jerry Brown tries to save K-12 funding by cutting higher education programs and social services, the newspaper writes And Secretary of Education Arne Duncan tells the Washington Post that the Arizona community college where Jared Lee Loughner, the alleged shooter in this weekend’s killings at Rep. Gabrielle Gifford’s community meeting, did all it could to keep students safe in the wake of his erratic behavior.