August 1, 2014
Delaware State News
Teachers comp panel mulls ideas at first meeting
A committee formed by state lawmakers to develop a new compensation system for public school teachers held its first meeting in Dover on Wednesday night. “If we don’t tackle this as a state, we are doing a disservice to our profession in the coming decades,” said Secretary of Education Mark Murphy, “and ultimately, then, a disservice to our children, who benefit from great educators in our classrooms and in our schools.”
Wainwright receives award from National Education Association Foundation
Appoquinimink High School French teacher Lea Wainwright has already received accolades at the district and state levels, and now she is being honored in national and international programs. In February, Wainwright will be honored by the National Education Association Foundation with an Award for Teaching Excellence along with other 39 educators from across the nation. And next summer, she will travel to Peru as a Global Learning Fellow.
The News Journal
Flex kids’ brains to ready them for return to class
As August begins, parents are starting to think again about getting their kids ready for school. That usually means buying school supplies and new clothes. But, perhaps most importantly, it means making sure kids’ brains are ready after the summer.
The Post and Courier
Panel: Improving rural education is key to helping poor communities
A better public education, particularly for South Carolina’s poor, rural school districts, is a crucial avenue to transform communities that have been devastated by a changing economy, according to a panel.
Schools set to adjust to revamped E-rate policies
A new version of the E-rate program will include funding for school and library wireless-technology projects, and phase out support for services that federal officials see as outmoded.
More high school students earning college credit
Louisiana’s high school seniors are making increased strides on Advanced Placement exams that are used to earn college credit, according to data released Thursday. The Department of Education said 4,542 public high school students who took an AP test in 2014 scored 3 or higher. That’s the grade on a 1 to 5 scale that most colleges require for students to earn credit.
Chronicle of Higher Education
A focus on specific dropouts can help colleges raise completion rates
Instead of focusing only on helping new students succeed, colleges should also be reeling in some of the four million who intended to earn degrees and finished at least two years of study before falling off track, according to a report.
Critique of No Child waiver highlights rift among Indiana education leaders
A new critique of Indiana’s efforts to maintain its exemptions from the No Child Left Behind requirements, written by top staff to Gov. Mike Pence, is widening a rift between state education leaders as federal officials near a decision on the waiver.
Bilingual education could make a comeback
After nearly two decades, bilingual education in California could stage a resurgence if the state Senate approves a bill in August that would put the issue on the ballot in November 2016.