Christine Martin to head up New Hampshire district
Christine Martin, a former Manchester assistant superintendent of elementary education and current Beech Street Elementary School principal, will be the Mascenic Regional School District's new superintendent for the 2019-20 school year. She is replacing current SAU 87 superintendent Steve Russell.
Texas district signs energy performance contract
ABM has initiated an energy performance contracting program for El Paso ISD. The customized solution is projected to save the Texas school district more than $14.8 million in energy and operating costs over a 15-year period, which the school system will utilize to upgrade its infrastructure in 14 schools.
Alabama overrules Birmingham, allows new charter school
The Alabama Public Charter School Commission overruled the Birmingham school board and approved the creation of a new charter school for the state’s largest city. The school board rejected the group’s application for not fully meet prescribed standards, but a review found it did.
Bipartisan group proposes new school funding system for Ohio
State representatives unveiled the beginnings of a new school funding proposal, aiming to make the system less property tax-dependent. Two of the key issues addressed include funding charter school and voucher school students directly and implementing base-level state funding.
Should Massachusetts change how it funds its school districts?
Legislators are considering changes to how the state funds its schools. This debate over education spending started four years ago after an outside commission determined districts were being underfunded by as much as $2 billion, with low-income and immigrant students bearing the brunt of this funding shortfall.
Third apparent suicide after deadly school shootings
The father of one of the students killed in the 2012 Sandy Hook School shooting was found dead of an apparent suicide Monday, the third suicide involving someone linked to a major U.S. school shooting in little more than a week. Just days earlier, two apparent suicides involved Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School survivors.
Jeff Edwards accepts position at Grand Island Northwest
Officials with the Northwest District in Grand Island announced that current Nebraska City superintendent Jeff Edwards has accepted that same position for the Northwest District. He’ll take over for current superintendent Matt Fisher on July 1.
States fail to protect students against lead in drinking water
Nearly two dozen states are failing to protect children from lead in drinking water at school. The report, by advocacy groups Environment America Research & Policy Center and U.S. PIRG Education Fund, gave 22 states an 'F' grade for how well they protect young students from lead.
The New York City school controversy shows why standardized testing is broken
When news broke last week that only seven black students were accepted into New York City’s Stuyvesant High School, an elite public school that supposedly only takes the most advanced students in the city, I wasn’t surprised.