Members of the newly-formed Latino Coalition for Educational Equality descended on the state’s Capitol Tuesday to push for education reforms, including funding for low-income districts and more involvement by Latino experts in the legislative process.
New rules governing the restraint of students in public schools have gone too far and need to be changed less than a year after they were instituted, according to educators who gathered Wednesday at the State House.
After receiving a low grade from the New Mexico A-F Grading Accountability System last school year, Pate Elementary School Principal Therese Rodriguez is determined not to let it happen again. She applied for an Innovative Solutions for Struggling Schools Grant and received $7,200 from the New Mexico Department of Education in January.
A threatening text message received by a Lexington-Richland School District Five teacher on the same day emergency crews evacuated Irmo High School due to smoke in the building has prompted the district to implement extra security measures and law enforcement to investigate the source of the message.
Initial approval was granted for just three years. To continue a four-day week, the district — which includes Two Harbors and Silver Bay schools — must prove that the four-day week did not negatively affect students and that it saved a sufficient amount of money.
Board member John Messmer said it would provide a great cost savings for the school district and the board will keep the public updated. Solar Planet of Westerville and Constellation Energy are the two companies that have been contacted.
Superintendent of Schools Janet Robinson said Tuesday that Sandy Hook Elementary School probably cannot find another home by the start of the next school year as suitable as the former Chalk Hill Middle School in Monroe.
The Iowa House pushed through Gov. Terry Branstad's education reform package on a party-line vote Wednesday, moving the debate over how teachers are recruited, paid, evaluated and promoted to the Iowa Senate.