Cabarrus County's board approved $15.5 million in capital outlay funding for one school replacement and $16 million for a new elementary school despite a projected significant gap between the estimated construction cost and the amount funded.
The New Jersey Schools Development Authority announced the start of $500 million in funding for some 1,600 projects that have been approved by the state Department of Education at a total cost of more than $1.2 billion. However, the state aid is contingent on voters' approval of the construction projects in 333 districts.
Racial Justice Now is calling upon the Dayton district to reduce out-of-school suspensions, citing that the district's suspensions rate is four times higher than the state average. In addition, the community activist group said there is a racial disparity, with black students being suspended more often than other students for the same behavior.
Broward County gave initial approval to a policy that would prevent tobacco products on any school property, even outdoors or while parked inside a car. The current policy allows district employees and parents to smoke in designated areas.
SMART Technologies released the SMART Board 6065 interactive flat panel for education. The first in a new line of SMART Board interactive flat panels, it offers ultra-HD 4K resolution to teachers and administrators.
Odysseyware has added more refinements to its online curriculum platform's new user interface. With the redesigned Notes feature, both students and teachers can now write multiple notes directly in the margins of every assignment.
While the state law about bullying in public schools has been strengthened, the new Safe and Supportive Minnesota Schools Act is only a start. Whether schools live up to the act’s name will be driven by the standards and guidelines put forth, how districts apply them and who is held accountable through this approach.
Many proponents of educational reform believe we should look elsewhere for inspiration as the American system of a traditional nine-month calendar supposedly impedes learning. However, if we changed to year-round school and extended day schedules tomorrow, things would not change—and will not—until we recognize we are all in this business of helping children learn.
As part of the proposed Tennessee Promise bill, high school graduates will receive free tuition to a community college or technical school in the state. The plan will take effect in fall 2015, funded by $300 million from the state's lottery fund. The state expects 25,000 students to apply at an estimated cost of $34 million a year.
A new charter—linked to the Marion County Juvenile Detention Center—is being proposed to give troubled youths a better chance to succeed academically. The Alternatives in Education nonprofit is also proposing the Public Safety Academy charter for students interested in police, firefighting and homeland security careers.
In the midst of national efforts to promote disciplinary policies that keep children in the classroom, legislation that would limit the length of suspensions for all but the most serious infractions and put an end to disciplinary fines is under consideration in Illinois.
With voter approval of Proposition G, Lindbergh Schools officials in St. Louis are looking to fast track the construction of a new elementary school. A total of $23.9 million of the $34 million bond issue will fund the construction, designed to address the district's aggressive enrollment growth.
Follett and MetaMetrics are continuing to partner on education-focused content and reading data to help educators connect students with age and reading level appropriate books, ebooks and digital resources. In addition to other collaborations, Follett is currently integrating MetaMetrics' Lexile measures into its Follett Shelf Classroom Connections.
The state’s top school board would be prohibited from approving charter schools in districts rated A, B or C under a bill that won narrow approval in the House Education Committee. The proposal would apply in cases where the school was rejected by the local school board.