The Malden Public Schools, in Mass., are aiming to promote early childhood literacy with a new software platform. Titled Footsteps2Brilliance, the program will allow all Malden students access to a library of talking e-books and educational games through smart phones, tablets, and computers.
Advocates for early childhood education, flanked by some of the region’s top law enforcement officials, called for support of early childhood education programs to improve results in school and reduce the number of people in jail.
Held in a brisk October wind, the third annual Graduation Matters Freshmen Rally drew a lineup of speakers ranging from Denise Juneau, the superintendent of the state Office of Public Instruction, to students, a professor and leaders of Missoula County Public Schools.
California must act to reduce rampant truancy that saw an estimated 1 million elementary students absent in the last school year and may cost the state billions of dollars through increased crime and poverty, according to state attorney general's office.
Cami Anderson’s contract was renewed by the state several weeks ago but she continues to face a torrent of criticism, including a recent no-confidence vote from the city’s advisory school board and a city council resolution halting all new school changes.
A new flex program at East Valley Academy allows students to select the days and hours that they attend school, including Saturdays and evening hours. Students must attend a minimum of 20 hours a week, but there is no limit to the amount of time they can spend taking classes.
Since 2006, the state’s graduation rate has risen from 68.3 percent to 82.5 percent. But during the same period, Wake’s graduation rate has dropped from 82.6 percent to 81 percent with groups such as low-income, black and Hispanic students performing at a lower rate than their peers statewide.
To help reduce the digital divide for poor communities, many internet providers around the U.S. offer reduced rates on internet service to families with a child on the free or reduced-price lunch program. Comcast's Internet Essentials is one such program.