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Classes a la carte: States test a new school model...

Classes a la carte: States test a new school model

By Stephanie Simon Thu Dec 6, 2012 11:40am EST (Reuters) – Louisiana Superintendent of Education John White has a problem with schools. They’re too confining, he says. They trap kids in chairs, in classrooms, in the narrow bounds of an established curriculum. So White and a handful of fellow revolutionaries have begun pushing a new vision for American public education. Call it the a la carte school. The model, now in practice or under consideration in states including Louisiana, Michigan, Arizona and Utah, allows students to build a custom curriculum by selecting from hundreds of classes offered by public institutions and private vendors. A teenager in Louisiana, for instance,...

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Education Reform

Education Reform

School consortium seeks waivers in state and federal testing, ratings By WENDY HUNDLEY Staff Writer whundley@dallasnews.com Published: 02 January 2013 11:18 PM A group of Texas school districts wants to be exempt from some state and federal testing requirements while they create the “next generation” of assessment and accountability standards for students. But the state’s new education commissioner is withholding judgment on most of the requests because they are likely to be topics in the upcoming legislative session. The waivers are being sought by the 23 districts of the Texas High Performance Schools Consortium, which was created by the state Legislature in 2011 to develop new strategies for Texas...

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What Former Employees Say ITT Tech Did To Scam Its Students...

What Former Employees Say ITT Tech Did To Scam Its Students

Here are the accounts from several former employees and students about what happened behind closed doors at ITT Tech to lure students into expensive loans that rarely paid...

Safety Information from the US Dept of Ed...

Last week’s tragedy in Newtown, CT has caused us all to focus on what more we can do to keep our schools safe, and to help our children to recover from violent situations that have occurred in communities throughout the U.S.   Links to some resources are listed at  Resources for Parents following Traumatic Events and Resources for Schools to Prepare for and Recover from Crisis.   Prior to his visit with the President to Sandy Hook Elementary School yesterday, Secretary Duncan expressed his deep gratitude to teachers, school leaders, and school administrators for the “quiet heroism” they have shown since the Sandy Hook shootings in responding to students’ concerns and seeking to restore a sense of safety and normalcy...

posted on: Dec 21, 2012 | author: ptsa

Classes a la carte: States test a new school model...

By Stephanie Simon Thu Dec 6, 2012 11:40am EST (Reuters) – Louisiana Superintendent of Education John White has a problem with schools. They’re too confining, he says. They trap kids in chairs, in classrooms, in the narrow bounds of an established curriculum. So White and a handful of fellow revolutionaries have begun pushing a new vision for American public education. Call it the a la carte school. The model, now in practice or under consideration in states including Louisiana, Michigan, Arizona and Utah, allows students to build a custom curriculum by selecting from hundreds of classes offered by public institutions and private vendors. A teenager in Louisiana, for instance, might study algebra online with a private tutor, business...

Classes a la carte: States test a new school model
posted on: Dec 8, 2012 | author: ptsa

Schools Welcome New Administrators

Each year retirements and new assignments create the need to fill positions at a variety of schools. With the Board of Education officially approving several new staff positions at the August 27 meeting, the administration was able to move forward with additional placements and hirings. Here is a list of the administrative changes that have occurred since the end of the 2011-12 school year. ·   Mr. Samuel Barna, Director, Business Services ·   Mr. Hassane Jaafar, Coordinator of Curriculum from Edsel Ford High School Principal ·   Mr. Scott Casebolt, Principal Edsel Ford High School from Principal Smith Middle School ·   Ms. Danene Charles, Principal Smith Middle School* from Assistant Principal Smith Middle School ·   Mr. Dan Blessing, Assistant Principal...

Schools Welcome New Administrators
posted on: Sep 5, 2012 | author: ptsa

Pie in the Face!

Hello All,   Have you ever wanted to see a public official get a pie in the face?   Well, this could be your chance to make that happen or help make sure it doesn’t happen   This Saturday is the Dearborn Relay for Life and five local leaders have stepped up to the plate to help raise funds for this worthy event.    Dearborn Mayor Jack O’Reilly, Dearborn Superintendent Brian Whiston, Wayne County Commissioner Gary Woronchak, Dearborn Firefighters Burn Drive Chairman Steve Worden and Dearborn High Principal Chuck Baughman will all take part in an event called “Four Pies And A Poncho”.   The fundraiser involves five contestants and here’s how it works: People vote with donations...

Pie in the Face!
posted on: May 10, 2012 | author: ptsa
Bullying:  MSU journalism class publishes book on ‘new’ bullying

Bullying: MSU journalism class publishes book on ‘new’ bullying...

posted on: Apr 30, 2012 | author: ptsa

Contact: Tom Oswald, Media Communications, Office: (517) 432-0920, Cell: (517) 281-7129, Tom.Oswald@ur.msu.edu; Joe Grimm, School of Journalism, Cell: (248) 631-9959, jgrimm@msu.edu Published: April 25, 2012 E-mail Editor ShareThis An MSU journalism class has published a book on the “new” bullying. The book takes an in-depth look at various aspects of modern bullying, including cyberbullying, bullying in the workplace and military hazing.Click on an image to view a larger or high-resolution version. Related Links The New Bullying East Lansing, Mich. — Bullying isn’t what it used to be. In fact, it’s worse. A newly published book, written by a journalism class at Michigan State University, explores this “new bullying,” which includes everything from cyberbullying to bullying in the workplace to military hazing. “The New Bullying: How Social Media, Social Exclusion, Laws and Suicide Have Changed Our Definition of Bullying – and What to Do About It” focuses on aspects of...

January 30th – Speak Up!

January 30th – Speak Up!

posted on: Jan 24, 2012 | author: ptsa

January 23, 2012 Dear PTA/PTSA Parent, The Michigan Department of Education needs feedback from parents on the key ideas/plans in Michigan’s ESEA Flexibility Application.  The parent input will be used to inform, validate, and/or make changes (as appropriate) to the application before submission. Michigan PTA is gathering a group of parents to provide this feedback and we invite you to participate: Monday, January 30, 2012 7:00-9:00 p.m. Wayne RESA 33500 Van Born Road Wayne, MI  48184 If you are able to attend, RSVP to communications@michiganpta.org with your name, e-mail address, phone number, and city.   There is no need to respond if you are unable to attend. Parent feedback is critical to the application process and I encourage you to make plans to attend if at all possible. I hope to see you on the 30th, Sandra York Executive...

Board of Education Changes

posted on: Jan 17, 2012 | author: ptsa

Board Changes Format of Second Monthly Meeting -District releases schedule of meetings and tentative topics       After a two-year experiment the Dearborn Board of Education will change the format of their second meeting of the month from a study session back to the traditional Board meeting format.        The study session format provided more time for the Board and administration to engage in in-depth conversations regarding reports brought forth at the meeting. Although everyone enjoyed the more informal atmosphere and opportunity to engage in meaningful dialogue, the meeting did not allow time for other business items to be voted on by the Board.      “With 19,000 students, 2,300 employees, and a $200 million budget the district has a lot of personnel, student, academic, and operational items that need Board approval. Moving back to the traditional Board meeting format twice a month allows us to bring items to the...

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