Much work remains to be done, especially in closing the achievement gap, and Massachusetts can’t shrink from it. That’s why it’s disturbing—but not entirely surprising—that the latest education-reform bill is languishing in the Legislature.
The Jasper County School District has initiated litigation concerning the design and construction of specific elements of two school sites. After investigating the cause of sinkholes, defects in the construction of the underground storm water system have been identified.
Urban school systems need something individualized and intensive as a safety net to help prevent students who start falling behind from falling completely through the cracks. But there is also a larger lesson here that it is not too late to help children from disadvantaged backgrounds even once they reach adolescence.
The 1995 law that created public charter schools is no longer sufficient. New Jersey and the nation have learned a great deal in 17 years about how to serve and support the children and families who rely on a charter education. Now is the time to update the state’s charter school law.
Proposed legislation in Harrisburg seeks to stop the unfettered flow of unfit educators. Senate Bill 46 would require districts to confidentially share certain information about teachers, closing loopholes that have allowed people unsuited for the classroom to move from job to job.
The board voted to close Lower Milford Elementary School in several years and demolish Hopewell Elementary School. The district would then build a 57,000-square-foot school on the Hopewell property. The plan will cost $17.75 million with no set timeline.
Irving Burton Associates’ In Case of Crisis released its new 3.0 version in four editions–Corporate, Education, Hospitality and Government. The mobile emergency management product is available as an iOS and Android app and now includes incident reporting capabilities and a host of new data security features.
Discovery Education and the White House announced that later this month First Lady Michelle Obama will lead U.S. students in a cultural exchange with their peers in China as part of the Of the People: Live from the White House Virtual Field Trip series. On March 25, Discovery Education will broadcast an interview between Mrs. Obama and an American student studying in China.
Preschoolers can be smarter than college students at figuring out how unusual toys and gadgets work because they're more flexible and less biased than adults in their ideas about cause and effect, according to new research.
New Jersey voters in 11 of 13 school districts with bond referendums this week approved $116.1 million of construction. The largest project, out of a total of $180 million proposed, failed. Voters in the Greater Egg Harbor Regional High School District rejected $37 million in renovations to three schools.
The construction of 1500 solar arrays at three of Willows Unified School District's campuses was completed with little disruption to the schools. Officials hope the solar project will save the district an average of $300,000 a year on utility costs over the 25-to-30-year life of the panels.
Senate Bill 6552 would require most school districts to implement a 24-credit graduation standard starting with the class of 2019. A 24-credit diploma is something lawmakers identified as a goal five years ago, but never have required.
Baltimore City is working to raise tuition again for students who live outside of the district but attend city schools. If it passes, it would be the largest increase in almost a decade and the third highest for non-resident students in Maryland.