Articles in the Announcements category

Education headlines: Who are the 19 RTTT second-round finalists?

The Hechinger Report has put together a comprehensive online resource on the round-two finalists in the Department of Education’s Race to the Top grant competition. The package includes an interactive map and a question-and-answer feature with Delaware’s education secretary… The Washington Post reports that President Obama’s education agenda is provoking states to enact reforms but “hitting a wall in Congress”… And the American Academy of Pediatrics has issued new guidance on head lice, advising schools to abandon their “no nit” policies and allow students with head lice to come to class.

Joetta Sack-Min|July 28th, 2010|Categories: Announcements, School Board News, Student Achievement|

Education headlines: Civil rights leaders criticize Obama’s education plans

Civil rights leaders are criticizing the Obama administration’s plans for reforming low-performing schools and closing the achievement gap. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan met with leaders of the NAACP and other groups yesterday, USA Today reports… Common Core standards are an issue in the Massachusetts gubernatorial race, with one candidate slamming Gov. Deval Patrick’s plan to replace the state’s highly regarded standards with the Common Core standards, according to the Boston Globe… And following up on a previous story, the Beverly Hills, Calif., school board is moving ahead with plans to oust most of their students who live outside their boundaries, the Los Angeles Times reports.

Joetta Sack-Min|July 27th, 2010|Categories: Announcements, School Board News|

Education headlines: NBC to host “education summit”

The NBC network will host an “education summit” in September, complete with education and political leaders and interactive classrooms in its stdios and on Rockefeller Plaza in New York, according to the Associated Press… The AP also reports that a “fear of resegregation” is driving some community members and educators to protest the Wake County, N.C., school board’s decision to eliminate a school-assignment policy based on students’ socio-economic levels… And the Los Angeles Times hosts a provocative online debate on bilingual education and the assimilation of Hispanic students.

Joetta Sack-Min|July 19th, 2010|Categories: Announcements, School Board News|

Education headlines: Report shows drug testing has little long-term impact

New research by the Department of Education shows that drug testing in high schools has no effect on an individuals’ decision to use illegal drugs later in life. In an article by USA Today, NSBA General Counsel Francisco M. Negron Jr. discusses the legal implications for schools and drug testing… As the Center for Education Policy releases a report that shows mass teacher layoff are still looming, the Chicago Tribune reports an “extraordinary” number of teachers in Chicago-area schools earn $100,000 or more… And two students who tripped a sprinkler system while playing soccer in a hallway at a high school in Arlington, Va., might have to reimburse the school’s insurance company for part of the $150,000 repair bill, as it’s not uncommon for insurance companies to pursue a party deemed negligent for damages, according to the Washington Post.

Joetta Sack-Min|July 15th, 2010|Categories: Announcements, School Board News, Student Achievement|

Education headlines: CDC says 2010 tobacco abatement goal for youth will be unmet

Loss of funding and momentum for anti-tobacco campaigns will mean the U.S. will not meet its 2010 goal of cutting high school smoking to 16 percent, reports the New York Times. At its annual meeting, American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten told union members the last two years were the toughest she’d seen in education and said she felt betrayed by the Obama administration for its stance on several issues, including the recent mass firing at a Rhode Island high school, according to the Seattle Post-Intelligencer. Utah lawmakers will begin reexamining 12th grade, perhaps joining 10 states set to test an early graduation program developed by the National Center on Education and the Economy that would allow sophomores to skip the last two years of high school if they proved college ready, writes the Salt Lake Tribune.  Current and former Detroit students will have an opportunity earn some money and learn new carpentry, masonry and electrical skills this summer through a nine-week apprentice program that puts them to work on construction sites funded through a $500.5 million capital improvement bond approved last fall, the Detroit Free Press writes. Finally, Paul Miller, 93, was honored by Baltimore county officials for his 75th year of teaching. Miller has taught at various community and private colleges in the Baltimore area, but has spent the past 51 years at the Ner Israel High School teaching advanced math. And he has no plans of retiring, according to the Baltimore Sun.

Naomi Dillon|July 9th, 2010|Categories: Announcements, School Board News|

Education headlines: Detroit joins other urban districts in trying teacher-run schools as part of education reform efforts

Detroit Public Schools will follow other sites in Boston, Denver, Milwaukee, and Los Angeles that have employed teacher run and operated schools. In addition to not having a principal, the Detroit school, set to open this fall, will be able to make operational and instructional decisions autonomously of the central office and other bureaucracy, according to the Detroit Free Press.

D.C. Schools Chancellor Michelle Rhee has signaled she wants to incorporate more standardized tests in the classroom, eventually assessing every student from kindergarten to 12th grade on core subjects as often as every six to eight weeks, the Washington Post reported.

As violence continues to escalate in Mexico’s drug war, many schools across the country are teaching students’ survival skills like how to dive to the floor during a shootout and why posting video and photos online of crime in action are not a good idea, USA TODAY wrote.

Finally, Clark County School District, in what is a looming trend in education, finds itself making more and more accommodations, from buying special equipment to moving staff into less strenuous positions, to account for its aging workforce, according to the Las Vegas Sun.

Naomi Dillon|July 8th, 2010|Categories: Announcements, School Board News|

Education headlines: Kansas City to do away with grade levels

Kansas City, Mo. Is the latest school district to do away with grade levels and group students by their abilities, a drastic move that supporters hope will spur higher test scores and academic success, USA Today reports. Kansas City is basing their plan on the model used by the Adams 50 district in Colorado, which was featured in American School Board Journal’s March 2010 issue.

In Detroit, historic preservationists have secured National Register designation for some 90 school buildings across the city, many of which are empty and facing demolition, the Detroit News reports… And giving teens an extra 30 minutes to start the day can lead to a greater attention span and better moods in class, according to a new study featured in an article by the Associated Press.

Joetta Sack-Min|July 7th, 2010|Categories: Announcements, School Board News|

Education headlines: House may vote on revamped K-12 jobs bill

House Democrats, who are trying to pass a military funding bill this week, have put forth a $10 billion amendment to help school districts avoid teacher layoffs, the Associated Press reports… USA Today writes that New York has the highest per-pupil spending—$17,173 per student in 2007-08 (before the budget crisis truly hit)… And New York City’s infamous “rubber rooms” for teachers accused of wrongdoing are paid for doing no work are now officially closed, the New York Times reports.

Joetta Sack-Min|June 30th, 2010|Categories: Announcements, School Board News|

Education headlines: Civil rights lawyer Bill Taylor dies at 78

While much has been written about the passing of Sen. Robert Byrd of West Virginia, another legendary figure in education died this week. William L. Taylor was a prominent civil rights attorney for more than 50 years and head of the NAACP’s Legal Defense and Education Fund. He was instrumental in several desegregation cases, including the enforcement of Brown v. Board of Education. Read the NAACP’s press release and more in the St. Louis Beacon.

Joetta Sack-Min|June 29th, 2010|Categories: Announcements, Diversity, School Board News, School Law, Student Achievement|

Education headlines: N.Y. sees success with small high schools

A decision to replace large high schools with low graduation rates with smaller schools is paying off in New York City, the Associated Press reports… Also in the AP, select group of teachers is spending a week at the U.S. Supreme Court this summer, learning lessons to take back to their classrooms… In Providence, R.I., school officials say they do not have enough money to meet pay raises from a union contract that was signed just last year—a situation that districts across the country are facing, the Providence Journal reports.

Joetta Sack-Min|June 23rd, 2010|Categories: Announcements, School Board News|
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