Principal Moran (top right) and Indiana students support educator on active duty; Superintendent Munn (left) partners with Colorado State U to swap building space for scholarships; and New Jersey Superintendent Cittadino donates contractual salary increase to schools.
Nationwide about one in five teachers (or 18%) has a second job during the academic year—since 1996, inflation-adjusted pay for a public school teacher has actually fallen by 1.7%. Fury over those flat and falling wages has helped spark a movement in which tens of thousands of teachers walked off the job.
The U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights announced a resolution agreement with Chicago Public Schools, a year after withholding federal funds over the system’s failure to address sexual violence.
A school district policy that bars transportation of special needs students to and from babysitters or relatives has apparently been bent for years. After the district hired a new executive director of specialized instruction who began playing by the rules, the school board voted to suspend the policy.
CTE programs are experiencing growth, but it is dwarfed by the expanding need in various fields as technicians retire at rates that are not balanced by an influx of new talent, says Steven Paine, superintendent of the West Virginia Department of Education.
Rhode Island Education Commissioner Angelica Infante-Green has decided parents, students and community groups will not have a formal say in the state’s takeover of Providence schools. The ruling came after a four-hour testimony last week to deny a petition filed on Sept. 5 by student activist groups and parents.
New Jersey public schools will be required to include instruction on mental health under a new law Gov. Phil Murphy has signed. The measure passed the legislature earlier this year without any no votes.
A tiny Marin County school district in California “intentionally” segregated its students, corralling black and Latino children in an under-performing public school for years, and must now develop a plan to quickly reintegrate its classrooms, according to settlement terms announced by the state attorney general’s office.
Hennepin County and Minnesota Public Schools are launching a pilot program in which each school will have one person dedicated to supporting kindergarten through second grade students who have a history of staying home. The program is modeled after one already in place at the district’s middle and high schools.