Lawsuit challenges education amendment on Florida ballot

By Mary Ellen Klas Jul. 12, 2018 A constitutional amendment on the November ballot that would allow charter school organizers to bypass local school boards to get approval is “intentionally misleading” because it doesn’t directly explain to voters that the amendment is designed to circumvent local control and intentionally leaves out the word “charter,” a lawsuit filed Thursday in Leon County Circuit court claims. The League … Continue reading Lawsuit challenges education amendment on Florida ballot

Nearly 1 in 5 NC students are opting out of traditional public schools. Does it matter?

BY T. KEUNG HUI July 13, 2018 11:48 AM   RALEIGH  Nearly 1 in 5 North Carolina students is not attending a traditional public school, and that percentage is likely to continue rising as more families choose alternative education options. For the third year in a row, enrollment has fallen in North Carolina’s traditional public schools even as the number of students continues to rise … Continue reading Nearly 1 in 5 NC students are opting out of traditional public schools. Does it matter?

The state of Colorado’s education as two prominent leaders leave their positions

Bruce Benson and Tom Boasberg have made a lot of changes over the last 10 years to the state’s education system. Benson as the president of the University of Colorado system and Boasberg as the superintendent of Denver Public Schools. Author: Nelson Garcia Published: 4:38 PM MDT July 19, 2018 Updated: 8:27 PM MDT July 19, 2018 https://www.9news.com/video/news/education/state-of-education-under-two-leaving-leaders/73-8194748 DENVER — From the classroom to the boardroom, Bruce Benson … Continue reading The state of Colorado’s education as two prominent leaders leave their positions

State to keep close watch on five ‘turnaround’ schools in Hillsborough, Pinellas

Kristy Moody, principal of Fairmount Park Elementary in St. Petersburg, walks with a kindergarten class in 2016, her first year at the school. Now entering her third year, state officials questioned whether she should continue at the school, given its latest D grade. But Pinellas County school superintendent Mike Grego called Moody “the right person” for the job. Fairmount Park is one of five chronically … Continue reading State to keep close watch on five ‘turnaround’ schools in Hillsborough, Pinellas

Florida Board of Education adopts rules on scholarships for bullied students

Adam Miller, executive director of the Florida Office of Independent Education and Parental Choice, explains rule proposals to the state Board of Education on July 18, 2018. [The Florida Channel] By Jeffrey Solochek Published: July 18, 2018 Satisfied the program has safeguards in place to prevent fraud, the Florida Board of Education on Wednesday adopted a rule governing the state’s new tax-credit scholarship for students who claim they … Continue reading Florida Board of Education adopts rules on scholarships for bullied students

Trump Administration Delays Special Ed Rule

by Michelle Diament | July 10, 2018 The Trump administration is officially postponing implementation of an Obama-era rule designed to prevent kids from certain backgrounds from being wrongly placed in special education. In a final rule published July 3 in the Federal Register, the U.S. Department of Education halted the so-called “significant disproportionality” rule, which was supposed to take effect this month, for two years. “This delay will … Continue reading Trump Administration Delays Special Ed Rule

Here’s where Tennessee’s Democratic candidates for governor stand on education

BY MARTA W. ALDRICH  – July 9, 2018 Two candidates are squaring off to be the Democratic nominee for governor of Tennessee. Former Nashville Mayor Karl Dean and state Rep. Craig Fitzhugh of Ripley will compete for the chance to face one of four Republican candidates in November’s general election. They hope to succeed Gov. Bill Haslam and become the first Democratic governor in eight years. The … Continue reading Here’s where Tennessee’s Democratic candidates for governor stand on education

A new public education movement is emerging in Wisconsin, a rebuke to Gov. Walker’s war on labor and school privatization

By Valerie Strauss July 3, 2018 Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) launched a war on labor in 2011, enacting a law called Act 10  that decimated the power of public employee unions to bargain, and it also cut pay for most public sector workers.  It was clear that the law was largely aimed at the teachers unions, because Walker exempted the unions of police, firefighters and … Continue reading A new public education movement is emerging in Wisconsin, a rebuke to Gov. Walker’s war on labor and school privatization

Vermonters React To Education Agency’s Statewide Merger Proposal, Required By Act 46

By HOWARD WEISS-TISMAN & AMY KOLB NOYES JUN 5, 2018 A nearly 200-page report was released by the Vermont Agency of Education on Friday, and school districts around Vermont are going through the state’s school consolidation recommendations. Acting Education Secretary Heather Bouchey found it doesn’t make sense for 22 school districts to merge. But the proposal does point to 18 others where the districts should be forced to … Continue reading Vermonters React To Education Agency’s Statewide Merger Proposal, Required By Act 46

Obama education secretary slams Trump administration moves on affirmative action

By Jennifer Hansler,  Updated 10:51 AM ET, Mon July 9, 2018 Former Education Secretary John King Jr. expressed dismay that the Trump administration is “going backwards on civil rights issues” following the rollback of Obama-era policies on the use of race to promote diversity in higher education. Last week, the administration rescinded this guidance, which provided examples of different educational contexts within which institutions could permissibly consider … Continue reading Obama education secretary slams Trump administration moves on affirmative action