Washington awarded $1 million for school shooting prevention training
Congress recently approved nearly $1 billion for school safety, with $1 million going to Washington. The state is spending the money on training programs in districts to show teachers how to spot students who are at-risk of doing something way before they have a chance to carry it out.
States increasingly extend charter-like flexibility to district schools
Twenty-four states have innovation programs that schools can use to secure freedom from state regulations. The majority of these programs give a district the ability to select innovation schools from within its ranks. Several states, though, explicitly describe their innovation programs as bringing charter-like flexibility to traditional district schools.
Auto notices help districts send personalized student notices to families
ParentSquare has introduced a new feature that enables schools to send automated messages to parents with student-specific information. It allows automatic, student-customized notices, such as truancy letters, overdue book fees and student athlete physicals.
A new ranking system for LAUSD schools?
LAUSD is considering its first-ever plan to provide a rating scale for public schools and privately run charters. If it moves forward, the effort to rate schools on a scale of 1 to 5 would allow for a direct comparison of academic programs in a way that would benefit some schools and present others in an unflattering light.
First New York cases against schools filed under Child Victims Act
Two former New York public school employees were accused of sexual abuse in some of the first cases brought against school systems under the new Child Victims Act. The act gives past victims of sexual abuse one year starting this week to bring lawsuits against their alleged attackers, no matter how long ago the abuse took place.
Pennsylvania lawmakers hear calls for action on property tax reform
State representatives and senators heard from Pennsylvania school officials who aren’t opposed to moving to a different way of funding schools. What they are worried about though is being starved for money to pay for mandated costs over which they have no control, such as pensions, charter schools and special education.
Indianapolis ends preschool program, leaving 3-year-olds without access to scholarships
Hundreds of 3-year-olds in Indianapolis will no longer qualify for preschool funding now that the city is ending its scholarship initiative. A state-funded $22 million preschool voucher program will take it place; it doesn’t, however, accept 3-year-olds.
Ex-superintendent in Florida ordered to pay millions in damages
In a largely symbolic but no less resounding ruling, a federal judge awarded Bibb County’s public schools $47.5 million in damages in a civil fraud lawsuit the school system brought against its former school superintendent, Romain Dallemand.