United States Education
Politicians’ portrayal of teachers shifts with … politics
Students, teachers in ABQ, SF protest gun violence on Columbine anniversary
Texas high school senior takes his mom to the prom
Growing number of Kentucky schools to close Friday because of teacher rally
MIT professor Neri Oxman: 7 things to know
Top school districts named in Washington
Mini-Cassia rivalry: Bobcats and Spartans are friends until the games begin
Several District 4 high schools make coaching changes
2018-04-22 20:00:27 Four Magic Valley high schools recently made coaching changes in two major boys sports, and one school is looking for a new athletic director. Hagerman, Murtaugh, Oakley and Raft River all lost their head boys basketball coaches, and the head football coaches at Hagerman and Raft River moved on. The departing Oakley boys basketball coach is Juan Rodriguez, who doubled as the school’s athletic director   Read More ...
Forget coding. It’s the soft skills, stupid. And that’s what schools should be teaching.
2018-04-22 18:46:07 In the movie “The Graduate,” the young character played by Dustin Hoffman is given a simple piece of job advice from his father’s friend in a line that has become one of the movie’s most iconic: There’s a great future in plastics. As this year’s college graduates hit the job market, the modern equivalent of that line might be software programming or artificial intelligence, or anything to do with the STEM fields (science, technology, engineering and math)   Read More ...
Professor: A disturbing story about the influence of the Koch network in higher education
2018-04-22 18:45:55 In 2017, Arizona State University launched the new School of Civic and Economic Thought and Leadership, which was funded by the state legislature. The birth of the school was controversial at ASU, in part because it absorbed two think tanks that had been heavily supported by the right-wing Charles Koch Foundation. The post below describes the process of the school’s establishment from the point of view of Matthew J   Read More ...
Boys’ high schools: Bishop Brady baseball suffers 10-0 loss to Somersworth
2018-04-22 15:10:26 By NICK STOICO Monitor staff Bishop Brady is trying to get into a rhythm in these early weeks of the season. Somersworth, the Giants’ opponent on Friday, has already found a groove of their own and shook out another win in Concord. The Hilltoppers’ ace, Colby Grant, dealt six shutout innings with five strikeouts and Somersworth rolled by Bishop Brady, 10-0, to end the game early via the mercy rule   Read More ...
High schools: Track and field athletes flock to MV Invite
2018-04-22 15:09:07 By DAN ATTORRI Monitor staff PENACOOK – Kevin McGrath hasn’t had many chances to compete this season, so when the Hopkinton senior got a chance at the 18th annual Merrimack Valley Invitational, he delivered. In a meet featuring 32 teams and around 1,100 athletes from Division II and III, McGrath, a jumper on the Hopkinton boys’ track and field team, one of the smallest programs in the state, won the long jump with a leap of 19 feet, 10½ inches and the high jump with a season-best mark of 6-4   Read More ...
Letter: A representative who doesn’t support public schools
2018-04-22 15:09:03 The best education for children in Rep. Glenn Cordelli’s district is our public schools. Cordelli’s op-ed (Monitor Opinion, April 16) arguing the constitutionality of Senate Bill 193, which is a school voucher program in disguise, is a desperate last gasp to push through SB 193. It is an unabashed attack on public education and the taxpayers of his district, and a glaring example of how he has failed the children and voters he is supposed to represent   Read More ...
Girls’ high schools: Down to its final out, Winnisquam scores 5 to rally past Raymond
2018-04-22 15:08:24 By JASON ORFAO Monitor staff Raina Matthes typically plays for the Winnisquam junior varsity softball team. Due to some Bears heading out on vacation, she was called up to the varsity squad Friday and played the unlikely role of hero. Matthes capped a five-run seventh inning with an RBI triple over the right fielder’s head to score Natalie Deshaies – who knotted the game moments earlier – and Winnisquam escaped Raymond with a 7-6 victory in a Division III matchup   Read More ...
Politicians’ portrayal of teachers shifts with … politics
2018-04-22 13:20:18 In most political debates about education, teachers are excoriated as selfish or exalted as selfless. Either they care only about the money or care nothing about it. Those archetypes emerged in the recent red state revolts in Kentucky, Oklahoma, West Virginia and Arizona in which teachers marched out of schools and into statehouses to demand change. Some got it. West Virginia teachers won a 5 percent raise for all state employees after a nine-day strike   Read More ...
Holiday time off reduced with new community college policy - | WBTV Charlotte
2018-04-22 13:18:22 RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - North Carolina's community college leaders have reduced paid time off for workers on dozens of local campuses. The State Board of Community Colleges approved a policy Friday requiring local colleges to offer no more 12 paid holidays per fiscal year to eligible full-time employees. The policy came after a January state auditor's report found over half the 58 community colleges gave workers more than the 12 holidays state and local government employees receive   Read More ...
Preschool's ban of the term 'best friend' is silly
2018-04-22 13:15:29 GEORGETOWN, Mass. (AP) - A Massachusetts family is looking for a new preschool for their 4-year-old daughter because her current school has barred use of the term "best friend." Christine Hartwell says her daughter, Julia, appeared sad recently when she came home from the Pentucket Workshop Preschool in Georgetown. The little girl told her mother she was upset because her teacher told her she couldn't call one of her classmates her "best friend   Read More ...
UC Santa Barbara students surprised to learn Obama also sent troops to the border
2018-04-22 13:10:54 Campus Reform’s Cabot Phillips posted a video today in which he asked students on the UC Santa Barbara campus what they thought of President Trump sending National Guard troops to the southern border. As you would expect, the mostly left-leaning students were against it. Some suggested it was a waste of time, with one student pointing to airplanes as an easy way to overcome border guards   Read More ...
Arizona teachers vote for statewide walkout to protest pay
2018-04-22 13:03:45 PHOENIX (AP) - Arizona teachers have voted to walk off the job to demand increased school funding. The state's largest teacher membership group said Thursday that teachers will walkout April 26. Arizona jumped into a movement for higher teacher pay that started in West Virginia, where a strike garnered a raise, and spread to Oklahoma, Kentucky and Colorado. Republican Gov. Doug Ducey has offered a proposal that gives teachers a 20 percent raise by 2020   Read More ...
The Latest: Arizona teachers vote for 1st statewide strike
2018-04-22 13:03:35 PHOENIX (AP) - The Latest on Arizona teachers protesting for higher pay and increased school funding (all times local): Arizona House Democratic Leader Rebecca Rios released a statement supporting the planned teacher walkout. Rios called the walkout "brave and righteous." Arizona teachers voted overwhelmingly in favor of the walkout, which is set to begin April 26. Gov. Doug Ducey wrote on Twitter that he is committed to getting teachers a 20 percent raise by 2020   Read More ...
Electric power research center set for Purdue Discovery Park
2018-04-22 13:02:31 WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) - A company that makes equipment for the electric power industry plans to build a research center at Purdue University's Discovery Park. Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories announced Thursday that it will build a 100,000-square-foot research center at the 40-acre technical park in West Lafayette that serves as Purdue's hub for interdisciplinary research. Company founder and Purdue alumnus Edmund O   Read More ...
New Mexico parents of kids with special needs form support group
2018-04-22 13:00:14 ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) - Every Thursday, a growing group of parents from across New Mexico meet to talk about how they can make schools better for their special needs children. "We had some issues getting support for him through the school district," said Perry Stephens. Stephens and his wife Savannah's 6-year-old son Aiden has Autism. "He's a funny little guy. He makes us laugh all the time," said Stephens   Read More ...
Los Angeles high school wins national Academic Decathlon
2018-04-22 12:54:54 LOS ANGELES (AP) - A Los Angeles high school has won the national Academic Decathlon, defeating competitors from across the country. The Los Angeles Times reports Saturday it's the seventh time in the last two decades that El Camino Real Charter High School has won the event. The school's nine-student team scored 54,531.2 out of a possible 60,000 points in the competition in Frisco, Texas   Read More ...
Students, teachers in ABQ, SF protest gun violence on Columbine anniversary
2018-04-22 12:48:53 .... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Most of the students who took to the streets in protest of gun violence Friday have never known a world before the Columbine High School shooting massacre in 1999. Nineteen years later, students across the state rallied for school safety on the anniversary of the killings — a third protest in a series of national movements on gun violence   Read More ...
Texas high school senior takes his mom to the prom
2018-04-19 11:48:22 Taking your mom to your high school prom would raise eyebrows around school, but for a Texas high school senior it was a no-brainer. Joe Moreno said his mother, Vanessa Moreno, missed her prom because she dropped out of high school to give birth to him. When this year’s prom was scheduled at Collegiate High School in Corpus Christi, Joe made good on a promise he made years ago, KIII reported   Read More ...
Unauthorized field trip could cost Ohio high school teacher her job
2018-04-19 10:48:26 An Ohio high school teacher is facing possible termination for taking 50 students on a college visit in March that was not approved by the school. The future employment of Trotwood High School teacher Khalilah Forte will be considered by the Trotwood City School Board in a special meeting Thursday. According to documents from last week’s meeting, the board plans to vote on whether or not to renew Forte’s teaching contract, effective May 24, the day after students’ last day of school   Read More ...
Teacher uprisings harness social media in fight for funding
2018-04-19 09:00:10 PHOENIX (AP) - The public education uprisings that began in West Virginia and spread to Arizona, Oklahoma and Kentucky share similar origin stories. Teachers in the Republican-dominant states are organizing Facebook groups and getting hashtags like #RedforEd trending on Twitter as they demand higher pay. Social media experts say that organizers are often required to use such tools but that they should couple them with marches and demonstration out in public if they want their message to be effective   Read More ...
IL House approves bill allowing medical marijuana for students
2018-04-19 08:00:44 The Illinois House voted Wednesday to approve a bill that allows infused medical marijuana to be administered to students by parents in elementary and secondary schools.   Read More ...
PE teachers included in new APS projection
2018-04-19 05:45:46 .... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... ..........ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Some elementary school principals from Albuquerque Public Schools breathed a sigh of relief after receiving an updated funding projection, which now includes their physical education teachers. Earlier this month, principals across the district were given budget previews with a total of 31   Read More ...
Vandals sought after school’s ‘spirit rock’ painted over
2018-04-19 05:17:51 Cherokee County school police and administrators are trying to find out who vandalized a popular symbol of school spirit at Woodstock High School. Over the weekend, someone vandalized the school’s “spirit rock,” which is painted periodically by students for special occasions, school system spokeswoman Barbara Jacoby said. “The rock was painted over with blue paint by the vandal(s),” Jacoby said. Students repainted the rock Tuesday in honor of Maddi Phillips and Drew Bonat, students who died earlier this year   Read More ...
Kanawha schools 2018-19 excess property tax rate to decrease
2018-04-19 05:17:24 The excess levy property tax rates that support Kanawha County’s public school system will dip again next fiscal year, a continuing effect of the cap on Kanawha’s excess levy that prevents it from raising more than about $44.2 million annually. The county Board of Education Tuesday unanimously gave final official approval to the previously proposed rates for next fiscal year, said Lisa Wilcox, treasurer for the school system   Read More ...
Putnam school board adopts calendar, levy rates for next year
2018-04-19 05:17:21 WINFIELD — Students in Putnam County will return to school on a “more traditional” start date for the 2018-19 school year. Members of the Putnam County Board of Education adopted the academic calendar for the upcoming school year during a meeting Tuesday. Employees will report to school Aug. 14 and students will start Aug. 17. School system officials were also able to work with principals at each of the county schools to add 30 minutes of instructional time — without having to extend the school day   Read More ...
Report again lauds WV's pre-K program, but delayed entry now looms
2018-04-19 05:16:45 An annual report from the National Institute for Early Education Research at New Jersey’s Rutgers University has again lauded West Virginia’s “universal” free prekindergarten system as among the best preschool systems in the nation. West Virginia currently offers free prekindergarten to all 4-year-olds. The state also offers it to all 3-year-olds with special needs. The report said that last school year, about 65 percent of the state’s 4-year-olds were enrolled in the program, ranking West Virginia No   Read More ...
Police: Student brings BB gun to Rock Hill school, says he was s - | WBTV Charlotte
2018-04-19 05:15:55 A student is accused of bringing a BB gun to school in Rock Hill Tuesday. The incident happened at Northwestern High School, located on West Main Street. Police say another student sent an anonymous email to administrators about the student having a gun. The student said they feared for their safety. When questioned by officials, the student admitted to having a BB gun in his backpack   Read More ...
South Carolina college president retiring after 25 years - | WBTV Charlotte
2018-04-19 05:14:51 ORANGEBURG, S.C. (AP) - The president of a college in South Carolina is retiring after 25 years. Claflin University President Henry N. Tisdale said Tuesday he will step down June 30, 2019. Tisdale took over as president of the private, coeducational, liberal arts university in Orangeburg in 1994. He pointed out that during his time at the school, his children have grown up and he and his wife now have grandchildren   Read More ...
North Carolina chancellor named in lawsuit over SUV buy - | WBTV Charlotte
2018-04-19 05:14:40 DURHAM, N.C. (AP) - A North Carolina university chancellor is being sued by a former vice chancellor who said he was fired for questioning a $70,000 SUV purchase. WRAL-TV in Raleigh reports the lawsuit by Benjamin Durant, former vice chancellor for administration and finance, named N.C. Central Chancellor Johnson Akinleye. The state confirmed that university funds were used to purchase a GMC Yukon Denali, which the state Department of Administration said was sold at auction   Read More ...
Travel scholarship available
2018-04-19 05:08:55 After participating in an education-based tour of Europe during high school, Terrapin Tours owner Kelly Cooke realized the cultural, educational and personal growth one can experience while traveling. Through a new scholarship program, her wish is to share her love of travel and the benefits it can provide with students. Terrapin Tours offers a scholarship of up to $1,000 to any current N   Read More ...
High schools: Knowles, Stadnicki help Concord baseball blank Pinkerton, 4-0
2018-04-19 05:07:37 Monitor staff After watching Jacob Knowles rattle off six scoreless innings against Pinkerton on Tuesday, the lineup for the Concord baseball team wanted to give its hard throwing right-hander something to show for his effort. The Tide finally came through in its last at-bats. Concord broke a scoreless tie by plating four runs on four hits in the seventh, including a base knock for Knowles, who helped out his own cause at the plate with an RBI before finishing off a complete-game shutout to blank the Astros, 4-0   Read More ...
Mount Ida College executives received pay increases as deficit widened
2018-04-19 05:06:22 The board of trustees at tiny Mount Ida College, which plans to close and sell its Newton campus to UMass, repeatedly boosted the compensation of president Barry Brown and other top executives between 2013 and 2016 while the school's debt load increased, according to public filings. Brown's total compensation decreased from approximately $406,000 in fiscal 2014 to $361,000 in 2015, but then jumped to $446,000 the following year, according to forms that Mount Ida was required to file with the IRS as a tax exempt organization   Read More ...
Waiver keeps college involved in student loan programs
2018-04-19 05:04:45 LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - Students at Southeast Kentucky Community and Technical College will have continued access to federal student loans thanks to a federal waiver. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Tuesday that the federal education secretary granted the waiver allowing the college to continue participating in federal student loan programs. Students at the college had been in danger of losing access to federal student loans   Read More ...
Parent sues APS for alleged humiliation of special needs student
2018-04-19 05:01:01 ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) - An Albuquerque mom is suing Albuquerque Public Schools, claiming a teacher at an elementary school humiliated her son by writing something about him on the chalkboard for everyone to see. The mom says after her son wet his pants during school, a teacher wrote the boy's name and what he did on the board for everyone to see   Read More ...
APS works to improve aging schools
2018-04-19 05:00:54 ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) - Albuquerque Public Schools is working to update its aging schools, from fixes to the roofs and HVAC systems to complete rebuilds. "We have 140 schools. Every single one of our schools has needs," APS Chief Operating Officer Scott Elder said. He said it is a complex process prioritizing which APS students get new or updated classrooms. This week, Mary Ann Binford Elementary got exciting news   Read More ...
Canyon Ridge's Sorenson signs with TVCC softball
2018-04-19 05:00:33 TWIN FALLS — The Canyon Ridge High School-Treasure Valley Community College pipeline remains strong. Canyon Ridge held a signing ceremony for senior Kennedy Sorenson on Monday afternoon in front of her family and friends. Sorenson is the latest Riverhawk to join the TVCC softball program. “I love TVCC. I love the area. I meshed with the girls super well,” Sorenson said Monday   Read More ...
A 4-year-old had been growling at preschool — so this naturopath says she gave him rabid dog saliva
2018-04-19 04:58:15 A Canadian naturopath claims she treated a 4-year-old boy's behavioral problems with a controversial homeopathic remedy — this is, saliva from a rabid dog. The recent claims have caused concern in the medical community and prompted questions about why the saliva — known as lyssinum, lyssin or hydrophobinum — has been approved by the Canadian government as a legitimate homeopathic product   Read More ...
Your Stories Investigates: La Mesa school board president criticized over Facebook video post about gun rights
2018-04-19 04:52:44 SAN DIEGO (NEWS 8) — A gun store owner in El Cajon, who is also a local school board president, has posted a video that some students and parents disagree with. News 8 received an email tip about it from a viewer and now the video is the subject of a News 8 Your Stories Investigation with Steve Price. On David Chong's personal Facebook page, he posted a video to support a candidate in the upcoming election   Read More ...
Troubled San Ysidro School District hires new superintendent
2018-04-19 04:52:20 The San Ysidro School Board selected Gina Potter, a deputy superintendent in the Lemon Grove School District, as its new superintendent. (Leonardo Castañeda/inewsource) By Leonardo Castañeda | inewsource. The San Ysidro School District got its ninth superintendent in five years when the school board voted unanimously on Thursday, April 12 to hire a Lemon Grove educator to head the district. Gina Potter, a deputy superintendent in the Lemon Grove School District, will be the first permanent superintendent in San Ysidro since Superintendent Julio Fonseca resigned abruptly in September amid allegations of financial misdeeds   Read More ...
MPS board meeting about a $38.7 million budget hole ends after 7 hours and 1 'go to hell'
2018-04-19 04:46:08 MPS School Board Director Michael Bonds used profanity responding to MTEA Vice President Amy Mizialko at a board meeting. Joseph Brusky. A seven-hour Milwaukee Public Schools board committee meeting erupted into a shouting match after a teachers union officer accused a School Board member of pitting teachers and families against each other and he responded by telling her to "go to hell   Read More ...