Tag: U.S. News & World Reports

Number of Homeless Students Soars. See more national education news here

| February 26, 2019
Number of Homeless Students Soars. See more national education news here

THE NUMBER OF STUDENTS in kindergarten through the 12th grade who are homeless has increased by 70 percent over the last decade, according to new federal data that also suggests it shows no signs of slowing.

The report, published this month by the National Center for Homeless Education, housed at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, provides a three-year snapshot of homeless from the 2014-15 school year through the 2016-17 school year using federal data reported annually to the Department of Education by states.

Continue Reading

New program aims to help teens separate fact from fiction in online news. See more national education news here

| February 19, 2019
New program aims to help teens separate fact from fiction in online news. See more national education news here

At Woodrow Wilson High School, representatives of MediaWise shared tips to help students develop fact-checking skills. Part of the workshop was led by Lester Holt, who has officially joined Poynter’s MediaWise initiative as its first ambassador.

Continue Reading

States aim to boost school spending following teacher walkouts. See more national education news here

| February 12, 2019
States aim to boost school spending following teacher walkouts. See more national education news here

Spurred by teacher strikes and a sense of crisis, Colorado’s new governor is one of 33 newly elected leaders of states and territories who campaigned on improving education funding. In many states, both Republicans and Democrats agree that schools need more money and teachers need better pay.

Education “is probably the most important issue” facing the legislature, said Colorado state Sen. Bob Rankin, a Republican who recently co-chaired a state education council.

Continue Reading

Arizona Teachers Protest Low Pay at State Capitol. See related stories here

| March 21, 2018
Arizona Teachers Protest Low Pay at State Capitol. See related stories here

Hundreds of red-shirted educators jammed into Capitol hearings rooms and marched around the Legislature Wednesday to protest what they call dismal pay and conditions for their students.

The protesters included dozens of teachers from nine schools in west Phoenix and Glendale who called in sick in the first job action teachers have called since organizing earlier this month. The move left Pendergast Elementary School District parents scrambling as the schools were closed with little notice and hundreds of students missed a day of school.

Continue Reading

School Funding Slip Results in Millions of Misplaced Dollars. Please see related story

| November 8, 2017
School Funding Slip Results in Millions of Misplaced Dollars. Please see related story

The Arizona Department of Education says a mistake in how they allocated federal funding resulted in millions of dollars intended for special education programs being misspent.

The Arizona Capitol Times reports a letter sent Tuesday to school districts and charter schools says the department under-allocated $15.2 million in Individuals with Disabilities Education Act funding.

Continue Reading

Ducey Veto of Teacher Evaluation Bill Slammed by Union

| May 24, 2017
Ducey Veto of Teacher Evaluation Bill Slammed by Union

PHOENIX (AP) — The union representing Arizona teachers on Tuesday slammed Gov. Doug Ducey for vetoing what they called a sensible change to the evaluation process for classroom instructors and principals.

The bill Ducey vetoed would have lowered the percentage of a teacher’s performance evaluation based on standardized test scores and excluded students who weren’t in a teacher’s class the entire year. It also would have barred use of test scores if the teacher doesn’t teach courses covered by the tests.

Ducey said in a veto letter that the legislation would have diminished the “impact and focus of improving student academic outcomes as a measurement of quality teaching and learning.”

Continue Reading