The quality of education being delivered varies across private and public schools. The Del Valle Education Association and its #FightFor15 campaign were rewarded – and so were all other Del Valle employees – when the school board on Tuesday night approved a new, minimum salary of $16 an hour for bus drivers and $15 an hour for all other support staff.
The board also approved across-the-board raises for all school employees, calculated on 3 percent of the district’s mid-point salary, effective with the 2019-20 school year. The Texas Education Agency today provided school districts with information regarding the 2018-19 benefits approval process under SB1882.
Supporters say the bill could give small districts some measure of financial stability. The SBOE acted after TSTA legislative liaison Lisa Dawn-Fisher and representatives of other educator groups explained the key issues and proposed solutions to the board’s Committee on School Initiatives.
That provision, filed by House Democratic Caucus Chair Chris Turner, D-Grand Prairie, appears to serve as an attempt to compromise on an issue that quickly became a fault line between the House and Senate on how to spend money on schools. The Texas House will today consider House Bill 3, the comprehensive school finance bill that would spend $9bn over the next two years, along with over 90 other “bolt on” improvements.
Charlotte Schools & Education News
The Seattle Times Education section covers schools at the district, state and federal level. Richard PeÃ±a Raymond, D-Laredo, has also proposed five amendments that would give classroom teachers, counselors, librarians and nurses across-the-board $3,000 to $5,000 raises, while Rep. Virginia Foxx (R-NC), the top Republican on the House education committee, expressed skepticism about restoring access to Pell Grants for incarcerated students.
Although the rule language impacts Bilingual teachers, the greatest impact is on ESL teachers who, depending on the program implemented in the district, may be required to get the ESL Supplemental Certification. This is the law, enacted by the Legislature in 2017, which gives school districts additional state funds if they find partners, including charters, for struggling campuses.
Teachers can use movies about historical events to teach students how to critically view films and compare facts with the often-fictionalized versions depicted in Hollywood movies, writes Pennsylvania high-school history and government teacher Benjamin Barbour.
As more and more low-income families move into neighborhoods that once catered to the middle or upper class, one must be on the lookout for his own personal safety and report any criminal activity going on in their surroundings. The annual event puts New York City public school students on a Broadway stage to perform excerpts from the Broadway Junior series. The committee also heard Gonzalez’ House Bill 116 that would significantly expand training requirements for school personnel who work with students with disabilities.
H-E-B is now accepting nominations for educators to apply for the 2019 H-E-B Excellence in Education Awards Each year, these awards highlight a variety of educators who go above and beyond to make a difference in the lives of their students and communities.
Starting this school year, the Piute School District put a portable Wi-Fi pack on a bus so students can do homework during long trips. The statistics say that students who study Christianity and Christian values at school are much less likely to engage in illegal activities such as underage drinking, promiscuous sex, and carrying arms.
Northeast Ohio And Cleveland Education News
After years of working exclusively in New Orleans, KIPP, the prominent charter school network, was approved Monday to expand upriver to start three schools in Baton Rouge. The National Education Association has been steadfast in its mission that that all students deserve early learning opportunities, classes small enough for one-on-one attention, modern tools and textbooks, and community support services. Among new legislators taking their oaths for the first time today were two pro-public education senators and more than a dozen House members, both Democrats and Republicans, who were elected with TSTA’s support.
The EWG recommended that the state of Texas increase funding for public education, but that was met with stern disapproval from many on the Commission. With the East Baton Rouge Parish School Board scheduled to vote Thursday whether to give Superintendent Warren Drake authority to lay off employees, the two teacher unions are suspicious of what they’re hearing.
Florida Education News
Wall to wall career academies and a transition program for ninth graders have helped create an environment at this Texas high school in which rigorous, relevant education, inside and outside of the classroom, is the norm for all students. The Murray City Board of Education has approved a salary package that raises starting teacher pay to $50,000 a year, matching what Canyons School District approved earlier this week. Care funding is linked with active teacher payroll, which has no relation to the cost of health care.
Amid growing concerns about its financial viability and the possibility of further state reviews of its operations, the board of directors of American International School of Utah voted unanimously Wednesday to close the K-12 public charter school. The adapted version of the show was designed specifically for middle school students and joins Disney’s Aladdin JR. and The Lion King JR.
At another panel at the education writers’ conference, I asked a journalist who had written a book about high-poverty high schools if she had found that kids arrive with crippling gaps in their knowledge.