Arizona Senate panel OKs new school voucher bill
Rejecting claims it was ignoring the will of voters, a Senate panel voted to alter the rules governing the use of vouchers of state dollars by parents to send their children to private and parochial schools. One senator, however, insisted the legislation does not expand who is eligible for a voucher but simply clarifies who can and cannot get one.
Comprehensive sexual health courses could become school standard
Washington public schools would be required to teach comprehensive sexual health education courses that emphasize relations free from violence and coercion as well as the importance of consent, under a proposal being considered by a Senate committee.
Kansas City Public Schools links schools and nonprofits
Social Solutions Global, in partnership with Ballmer Group, announced that Kansas City Public Schools joined their national initiative to allow districts and local nonprofit organizations to share data for increased program integration, collaboration and support for students.
Senate committee kills bill to make Election Day a school holiday in Virginia
Schools will continue to operate in Virginia on Election Day. The Senate Education and Health Committee killed a bill that would have required all public schools in the state to treat Election Day in November as a school holiday.
Behind the teachers strikes
Protest signs hoisted by more than 2,600 Denver teachers would have you think this week’s school strike was “for the kids” or simply about higher wages. But the standoffs in Denver and elsewhere in recent months are also about something else: unions rejecting accountability for student performance.
Denver Public Schools, union reach tentative agreement
Denver’s first teachers strike in 25 years is coming to an end. The new deal sees Denver Public Schools putting forward an additional $23.1 million toward teacher compensation, giving average raises of 11.7 percent next year, and establishing a new salary schedule that starts at $45,800 a year and tops out at $100,000 annually.
Virginia district turns to Essex County for next superintendent
The Amelia County School Board approved Lorena Harper as the school district's next superintendent. She is currently the assistant superintendent for instruction and federal programs in Essex County. Harper will take over for interim superintendent David Smith.
Extra arts education boosts students’ writing scores—and their compassion, study finds
A puppeteer’s show was part of an effort to expand arts education in Houston elementary and middle schools. Now, a new study shows that the initiative helped students in a few ways: boosting students’ compassion for their classmates, lowering discipline rates and improving students’ scores on writing tests.