Alaska school funds expected to be paid during potential lawsuit
A dispute between the Alaska Legislature and Gov. Mike Dunleavy’s administration over school funding isn’t likely to disrupt state payments to districts or affect the start of the school year. But both sides expect a lawsuit on the issue. And the state’s Department of Law says a court order will be needed to send the payments out.
Schools are rethinking classroom design to encourage collaboration, creativity
The idea of a classroom that can be rearranged to fit the activity has faced some pushback. Open classroom critics argued in the 1970s that schools had attempted an overnight transformation without training teachers on how to adjust to the new space. Educators today have issued similar warnings.
Las Vegas drivers can pay parking tickets with school supplies
Drivers in Las Vegas now have a new way to pay for parking tickets that will help out students. Drivers who receive parking infractions between during part of June and July can have their ticket fees satisfied by bringing in school supplies.
Schools underreporting episodes of students being secluded and restrained
The Government Accountability Office published a report finding that many school systems do a poor job of tracking instances of seclusion and restraint, making it difficult for the Education Department to ensure that schools are not using the practices excessively.
New schools that want to open in Denver will have an expiration date
A resolution quietly adopted by the Denver school board limits the scope of expansion of several charter school networks, and assigns a deadline to any new school that wants to open. New schools must now begin planning to open in earnest within three years of being approved.
New York City scales back police involvement in schools
Talking through emotions instead of punishing students is now the focus in the New York City school system. The city is adding 85 new licensed social workers, limiting suspensions to 20 days, and has overhauled its agreement with the New York Police Department's involvement in schools.
Secure online proctoring of certification exam introduced
ProctorU announced that students will be able to take the Google Cloud G Suite certification exam from their classroom with online proctored delivery. A facilitator can now register and schedule a group of students together as well as allow test-takers to be proctored simultaneously from one location.
DA op-ed: Transformational leadership: What is it?
Bringing transformational digital leadership to a K-12 school district includes defining why transformation needs to take place, setting high-level realistic expectations and more, says Lenny Schad, District Administration’s chief information and innovation officer and technology editor-at-large.