Why teacher strikes keep happening (and why there’s no end in sight)
The educator protest movement started with cries for better pay, benefits and funding. But it has evolved into a protest against the argument that traditional public schools and the people who work in them are failing, and that they must be challenged by charter schools, private school vouchers and test-driven accountability.
Baltimore schools’ vocational programs fail to live up to promise, report says
Baltimore’s school system has long described its vocational programs as a clear path to solid employment. But in reality, a new report says, these CTE programs don’t live up to their promise. Six years out of school, students who completed a CTE program earned an annual median income of less than $13,000, according to the report. These young adults described a lack of guidance and a lack of meaningful real-world experience.
Parkland school turns to experimental surveillance software
The Florida school system's officials said they would install a camera-software combination that would allow security officials to track students based on their appearance. A guard could pull up video of locations where a student has been recorded on campus. The supercharged surveillance network has raised major questions about its accuracy, invasiveness and effectiveness.
Nonprofit and local STEMissaries company partner to bring role models into classrooms
Science from Scientists has announced the Amgen biotechnology company as a pilot STEMissaries partner. Amgen and its Amgen Foundation will participate in active, long-term partnerships to support the local community and engage elementary and middle school children directly in their classrooms.
Policy to protect transgender students debated in Washington Senate
Making public schools more inclusive and safer for transgender students would no longer be optional in Washington if legislators pass a bill heard Monday. School districts would be required to develop a policy to conform to state law that addresses the challenges transgender students face.
Alabama State Department of Education chooses student information system
PowerSchool, a leading provider of K-12 education technology solutions, announced that PowerSchool SIS, its award-winning student information system, was selected by the Alabama State Department of Education to provide services […]
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PowerSchool's PowerSchool SIS was selected by the Alabama State Department of Education to provide statewide services. ... Illuminate Education's Achievement Dashboard is a new interactive tool that provides insights into datasets. ... Monarch Teaching Technologies, Inc.'s VizZle has launched a beta version of a new digital curriculum solution for K12 special education programs in Texas.
S.C. lawmakers consider school consolidation to fix education woes
In South Carolina, lawmakers have proposed to increase teacher pay and improve classroom settings in a series of comprehensive education bills. But now some are proposing school consolidation as a solution to fixing the state’s troubled education system with at least three new bills.
Personify’s solutions at center of association’s operations strategy
Personify, Inc. announced that the National Association of Secondary School Principals is its first client to build its operations strategy with the full Personify Platform including Personify360, Personify Community, Personify Hub, a2z Events and Wild Apricot.
Measuring diversity without holding schools accountable won’t bring about integration
It’s past time districts introduce accountability goals that address the source of our educational problems: segregation. Housing segregation undoubtedly makes it difficult to create integrated schools. While it’s harder to change neighborhoods than to change schools, we can make sure schools don’t replicate our segregated lifestyles. Diverse cities like New York offer an opportunity to create diverse schools.