September 11, 2012

September 11th, 2012

Category: Early Childhood Education, News

Local News

The Community News
Information sessions scheduled for Dual Language Charter School
Board members of Academia Antonia Alonso will host informational sessions about the new Dual Language Elementary Charter School in Wilmington on Sept. 26 and Oct.11.

Brandywine School launches anti-bullying program
Brandywine Springs School, Red Clay District, recently launched an anti-bullying program that proved to be successful when piloted last spring.

The News Journal
Three Delaware schools earn Blue Ribbon awards
Three Delaware public schools were named National Blue Ribbon Schools, a national awards program from the U.S. Department of Education.
The winners are: Colonial School District’s Eisenberg Elementary School; Red Clay Consolidated’s Linden Hill Elementary; and Caesar Rodney’s Star Hill Elementary. The awards are given to schools that demonstrate academic achievement or progress toward improving student outcomes.

The News Journal
Pencader directors give Lewis the boot
The Pencader Charter Business and Finance High School’s board of directors voted unanimously Monday to fire the school’s leader.

National News

The New York Times
Californians face rival ballot initiatives that would raise taxes and aid schools
First came a competing save-our-schools ballot initiative, backed by a wealthy lawyer who proved more persistent than Gov. Jerry Brown had hoped. Then came a summer of minor financial embarrassments that handed Mr. Brown’s opponents a narrative to use against him. Now comes a nagging question: Against that backdrop, is Mr. Brown’s $8-billion-a-year proposed tax increase in trouble?

Education Week
Funding cuts threaten Georgia’s standing as early-education leader
A new report suggests that Georgia’s vaunted reputation as an early-education leader is threatened by funding cuts to its state prekindergarten program that have resulted in fewer class days, reductions in the number of available slots and an increase in class size.

Study finds U.S. trailing in preschool enrollment
The United States lags behind most of the world’s leading economies when it comes to providing early-childhood education opportunities to young children despite improvements in recent years, according to a new study by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development.

The Wall Street Journal
Teacher grading off to uneven start
New York state’s first system to grade teachers using students’ standardized test scores is turning out to be anything but standardized. More than two years after a new law required a complete overhaul of teacher and principal evaluations, the state Education Department has begun approving dozens of agreements hammered out between local districts and unions. Of the state’s roughly 700 school districts, 75 had plans approved as of Friday. New York City and its teachers union, which accounts for by far the largest portion of the state’s educators and students, have not reached a deal.

Texas Tribune
In school finance tangle, wealth doesn’t necessarily mean more
School districts can get rich just as fast as the people in the oil business, and the poor-to-rich whiplash can have some weird aftereffects. Public schools in Texas get about half of their money, on average, from property taxes. And when the property turns out to be sitting on top of the Eagle Ford Shale play, the sudden changes in wealth can produce fiscal temblors in the schools.




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