A report on wasted federal funds and charter schools may have underestimated the problem
A Network for Public Education report found that up to $1 billion in federal funds was wasted on charter schools that never opened, or opened and then closed because of mismanagement and other reasons. The author, Carol Burris, is back with an update. Her conclusion: The waste and fraud may be worse than the original report stated.
After yearlong delay, Chicago’s plan for gifted children heads to new school board
Advocates for gifted and talented children have been clamoring for Chicago to comply with a state law that requires districts to have a formal acceleration plan that would allow early entrance to kindergarten and grade skipping. In one of its first decisions, Chicago’s new school board will decide whether the district’s proposal is enough.
Ohio budget puts high school graduation requirements in the crosshairs
When an Ohio House-Senate conference committee meets this week to hammer out a compromise two-year budget, sticking points will include what high school students must do to graduate and what happens to schools that fail to get them there.
Helping preschoolers build self-regulation skills that are the foundation of success
Preschool is an important time for children to build pro-social behaviors and learn to get along with other kids in a school setting. Recently, there has been more emphasis on academic preparation in preschool, but just as important, are the social and emotional skills kids will need to succeed when they move into kindergarten.
Court to rule on whether Wisconsin governor controls school policy
The state Supreme Court is poised to release a ruling on whether the governor or the state schools superintendent controls Wisconsin school policy. The Wisconsin Institute for Law and Liberty filed a lawsuit with the high court last year arguing then-Superintendent Tony Evers was writing regulations without then-Gov. Scott Walker's approval.
Classroom audio distribution system enables teacher to be heard
With MimioClarity, the teacher’s voice is captured by a light-weight wireless microphone worn on a lanyard while students have a pass-around handheld microphone. The multichannel, 60-watt amplifier is the microphones’ receiver and can connect to up to four microphones simultaneously.
Colorado state employees pension fund only has half of the money needed
Colorado’s pension, which covers most state employees, public school teachers and some local government workers, lost $1.8 billion on its investments in 2018, a new report found. Taxpayers and state employees will need to pay more as new guardrails designed to shore up the system are triggered.