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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. American International School of Utah is asking the state school board to forgive $360,000 of $514,000 in special education funding state officials say must be refunded. State Superintendent of Education John White has quietly become the co-founder and chairman of the board of a national nonprofit group aimed at connecting low-income high school graduates with solid jobs.

I mentioned that I’d spoken with teachers at such schools who told me that many students are, for example, unable to locate the United States on a map of the world or unaware the United States had a War of Independence—because the curriculum at their elementary and middle schools had narrowed to reading and math.

The money is part of a $17.1 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education Federal Charter Schools Program. The Texas Senate has passed a bill that would require the state to create a registry of people, maintained by the Texas Education Agency, who should not be hired by public or private schools.

It does not have the same impact on Chapter 41 districts, since their FSP state funding is based on the ASF+New Instructional Facilities Allotment+High School Allotment. Instead, teachers are saying their kids are eating up the content” and parents are thrilled to see how much their children are learning, she reported.

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The quality of education being delivered varies across private and public schools. The Utah State Charter School Board on Thursday acknowledged the vote of the directors of American International School of Utah to close the school and voted unanimously to terminate its charter. The award honors corporations or organizations that contribute to EdTA’s mission to enhance and foster theatre education efforts in schools across the country.

Matt Schaefer, R-Tyler, has proposed an unpopular amendment, among teacher groups at least, which would give teachers additional pay based on their relative performance — merit pay. The 13-member Commission was appointed by Governor Greg Abbott, Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick, House Speaker Joe Straus, and State Board of Education Chair Donna Bahorich.

Teachers themselves may tell journalists there’s no problem with the skills-focused approach, because that’s what they’ve been trained to believe And in the elementary grades, when texts are simple and don’t assume much background knowledge, it can look like kids are learning comprehension skills.” But when students get to high school, many lack the knowledge and vocabulary to understand high school-level texts—and high school teachers may have no idea why.

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The Seattle Times Education section covers schools at the district, state and federal level. Inside Higher Ed reports that bills targeting for-profit institutions in California would prohibit tuition-sharing deals, which it says is a sign of growing political scrutiny of the role of online program management companies Officials at the University of Massachusetts warn that the state Senate’s proposed state budget would be devastating” to the university and could result in layoffs, cuts to student services and cuts to financial aid The latest NCAA Academic Progress Rate scores show college athletes are continuing to excel​ in the classroom, though they may be hitting a peak.

Journalists may be told that teachers need to focus on skills because that’s what students are tested on. The reading passages on standardized tests don’t match up with the content students are learning—assuming they’re learning content at all—-so it looks like what is being assessed are kids’ general abilities to find the main idea” or make inferences.” In fact, if students lack the knowledge and vocabulary to understand the passages in the first place—as many do—they won’t have a chance to demonstrate any skills.” But it can be hard for teachers to absorb that message, especially when their job ratings and those of their schools are tied to test scores.

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.

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For more than 30 years, Education Week has been the most respected voice in education journalism. More than 200 eager elementary students in one Salt Lake school received new pairs of name-brand athletic shoes Thursday thanks to a $35,000 donation from Bridge Investment Group and a partnership with Shoes That Fit, a nonprofit based in California.

During a 12-hour hearing of the House Public Education Committee yesterday, school district officials offered their views on House Bill 3, a school finance bill that would boost funding for students from low-income families, drop property tax rates by at least 4 cents for homeowners, and eliminate or update outdated elements of the state’s complex school finance formula, among other provisions.

The Importance Of Christian Education In Today’s World

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Christianity has been of the greatest importance to the USA since the time when the first settlers stepped on the Plymouth Rock. DVEA President Katrina Van Houten, a math teacher, called the raises crucial to school employees and their families.” Some of the district’s support staffers, living in one of the most expensive metropolitan areas (Austin) in the country, have been earning as little as $10 an hour, hardly a livable wage.

Look through a newspaper or magazine—or one of the education-focused news websites that have sprung up in recent years—and you’ll see plenty of stories about schools: teacher strikes, racial and socioeconomic disparities and segregation, charter schools, the role of technology, and (alas) school shootings.
It does not have the same impact on Chapter 41 districts, since their FSP state funding is based on the ASF+New Instructional Facilities Allotment+High School Allotment.