Parents press Enfield school board over pizza-sex assignment
Mar. 24—ENFIELD — Sparks flew at a Board of Education meeting this week with parents saying it has taken too long for the board to respond to their concerns even before they heard member John Unghire present his proposal for a special task force to look into why an assignment was mistakenly given to eighth-graders in January that used pizza toppings as a metaphor for sexual acts. Several ...news.yahoo.com
San Francisco ousts 3 school board members over ‘anti-Asian’ policies
Three members of San Francisco’s Board of Education were removed from office after a landslide vote in a recall election held on Tuesday. Last year, Asian American parents were outraged after the school board introduced a lottery system in the admissions process at Lowell High School, whose student population is over 50% Asian. “We must recognize the need for a culture shift in our schools and address racism,” said then-Board President Gabriela López, who led the introduction of the lottery system.news.yahoo.com
Florida will offer school vouchers in cases of "COVID-19 harassment"
Florida's Board of Education on Friday unanimously approved an emergency rule that will allow parents to obtain vouchers to move their children to another school if they perceive any type of "COVID-19 harassment" against their child as related to mask or testing mandates, the Tampa Bay Times reports.Why it matters: Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) has been vocal about giving parents the right to choose whether their children wear masks in schools. The rule was crafted by his administration after he pushednews.yahoo.com
Florida bans 'critical race theory' from its classrooms
Florida's state Board of Education banned “critical race theory” from public school classrooms Thursday, adopting new rules it said would shield schoolchildren from curricula that could “distort historical events.” Florida's move was widely expected as a national debate intensifies about how race should be used as a lens in classrooms to examine the country's tumultuous history. Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis appeared by video at the top of the board's meeting, urging its members, many of whom he appointed, to adopt the new measures he asserted would serve students with the facts rather than “trying to indoctrinate them with ideology.”news.yahoo.com
San Francisco school board's latest crisis: Racist tweets
FILE - In this June 1, 2020, file photo, San Francisco Mayor London Breed speaks outside City Hall in San Francisco. Breed joined a chorus of officials who have denounced the tweets by the vice president of San Francisco's school board, Alison Collins, as racist and anti-Asian. The posts resurfaced last week amid a surge of violence and harassment against Asian Americans in the San Francisco Bay Area and around the country. They are the latest embarrassment for San Francisco’s school board, which has prided itself on putting racial equity at the top of its agenda. Under a plan recently negotiated with its labor unions, San Francisco plans to phase-in the reopening of elementary school classrooms in mid-April.
Coronavirus in Illinois updates: Here’s what happened March 17 with COVID-19 in the Chicago area
CPS CEO Janice Jackson said the goal is to have all staff members receive a vaccination by the end of March. The district hopes to bring high school students back to classrooms next month — announcing on Tuesday a “target” return date of April 19 — and is bargaining with the Chicago Teachers Union over an agreement to do so. CPS has not yet provided in-person attendance data for elementary students, who returned in three waves culminating March 8. During a news conference Wednesday, Jackson said she was not aware the data had not been released.chicagotribune.com
Divisive North Lawndale school consolidation proposal is now on hold: ‘We took a stand as a community’
“As we pause this proposal at this juncture in the process, we are filled with mixed emotions but are committed to work in partnership with you, your staff and members of the Chicago Board of Education to bring this proposal to the fruition for the students and families in our community,” they wrote. “We will resubmit our proposal at a later date and will continue to include many voices from North Lawndale to ensure that this school is built for our beloved community.”chicagotribune.com
Chicago school board OKs teachers contract, amended budget
FILE PHOTO: Teachers picket near New Field Elementary School on the second day day of a teachers' strike in Chicago, Illinois, U.S., October 18, 2019. The contract, which gives teachers an average raise of 16% over five years, was ratified last week by the Chicago Teachers Union. Heather Wendell, the districts budget director, said the contract brings certainty over future labor costs. The overall costs related to the contract we feel are completely manageable, she told the board. CPSs financial outlook improved with a revenue boost starting in fiscal 2018 under a new Illinois school funding law.feeds.reuters.com
Only one subject sees statewide increase as Virginia releases 2018-19 SOL test results
ROANOKE, Va. - The Virginia Department of Education released SOL results Tuesday and its changes to the math assessment showed a sizable improvement statewide. The new math SOL test reflects revisions to the state mathematics standards approved by the state Board of Education in 2016. The introduction of the new tests marked the end of the three-year transition to the revised standards. The math SOL is the only test that saw an increase statewide with 82% of students passing, compared to 77% passing the previous version in 2017-18 school year. As for the other four assessments, in the 2018-19 school year:78% passed reading tests, compared with 79% during the 2017-2018 school year76% passed in English writing, compared with 78% from the previous year81% passed in science, which was unchanged from the previous year80% of students tested in history/social science passed, compared with 84% in the previousBelow you'll see a break down of four years of both statewide and district-by-district data:Click here if you can't see the data belowCopyright 2019 by WSLS 10 - All rights reserved.
Justice Department Settles Lawsuit Against Warren County North Carolina Board of Education to Enforce the Employment Rights of United States Army Reservist
The Department of Justice announced today that it has reached a settlement agreement with the Warren County, North Carolina, Board of Education (Warren County) that resolves a federal lawsuit brought under the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA) on behalf of Dwayne Coffer, a Command Sergeant Major (CSM) in the Army Reserve. In its complaint, the United States alleged that Warren County violated USERRA by eliminating Sergeant Major Coffers employment position while he was on active duty with the military and failed to re-employ him in a comparable position when he returned. Under the terms of the settlement agreement, Warren County will reinstate Coffer to the position of Dean of Students at Warren County Middle School, and provide him with back pay and pension benefits. The reinstatement position is the one that Coffer held before his period of active duty with the Army. The Justice Department gives high priority to the enforcement of servicemembers rights under USERRA.justice.gov