July 18, 2012

July 18th, 2012

Category: News, Policy and Practice

Local News

Middletown Transcript
Carolyn Joynt becomes principal of Appoquinimink ECC
Carolyn Joynt, who served as assistant principal at Olive B. Loss Elementary School since 2011, was appointed principal of the Appoquinimink Early Childhood Center. Joynt is a graduate of the Appoquinimink Aspiring Administrator Program, and she served as an Administrative Intern in 2009.

National News

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Survey: Most Louisiana schools need technology upgrade  
Most Louisiana schools are lacking the technology and facilities needed to conduct online testing that’s to be part of the Common Core State Standards to be implemented in the 2014-15 school year, according to a new survey. The state education department’s Technology Footprint shows a shortfall in computers, high-speed Internet connections, and facilities in which testing can be conducted.

Education Week
Maryland, southern state do well in NAEP study  
A new report on National Assessment of Educational Progress scores that compares scores on a state-by-state basis and between the U.S. and other nations found that Maryland has shown the greatest improvement between 1992 and 2011, while southern states also have made a strong showing. In comparison to achievement gains by other countries, however, the U.S. seems to be mediocre and barely keeping up.

Big suburban districts form network of their own
The 10 districts that form the core of this group—the Large Countywide and Suburban School District Consortium—educate about more than 1 million students, mainly in the southeastern United States. Jack Dale, the superintendent of Fairfax County, Va., school system, and the chairman of the group said “The needs of some of these larger, suburban, very successful districts are different from some of the ‘crisis-of-the-moment’ issues you see in some of the city districts.”

Michigan Live
Gov. Rick Snyder assembles panel to plan for sweeping changes to school funding  
Michigan’s school finance system would be reshaped to allow money to more closely follow children and allow for a variety of choices for families under a plan being shaped by a panel assembled by Governor Rick Snyder. While not eliminating districts or offering vouchers, the plan is intended to change how schools operate, focusing more on the needs and abilities of individual students.

CBS News
Obama proposes $1B for science, math teachers
The Obama administration unveiled plans Wednesday to create an elite corps of master teachers, a $1 billion effort to boost U.S. students’ achievement in science, technology, engineering and math. Teachers selected for the Master Teacher Corps will be paid an additional $20,000 a year and must commit to participate multiple years. The goal is to create a multiplier effect in which expert educators share their knowledge and skills with other teachers, improving the quality of education for all students.


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