Now that we’ve gotten last week’s major national education story out of the way (see this morning’s post on the ATL cheating scandal), let’s get on with the rest of the belated link roundup.
– First up local news, at William Fleming High School some central office administrators have been sent in to help teach math. Superintendent Rita Bishop said last week she’s worried about math performance at the school and has plans to bolster math instruction.
In Roanoke County, officials there have opted to change their longstanding policy of buying student laptops and instead will lease ninth grade computers next year. And in Salem schools officials have said there won’t be raises for educators next year. Also out of Salem, a former volunteer assistant volleyball coach at Salem High School is now facing child pornography charges.
– From Richmond last week, more information about changes Gov. Bob McDonnell is making to legislation establishing a state school system to take over failing schools. Looks like more money and more specifics. Reminder the bill would not take effect until after the 2014-15 school year.
– Also in Richmond, this interesting story about how Richmond Public Schools are going after truant students. I thought it was really interesting and shows what school systems will go through to get kids in class. A truancy officer once told me that truancy is often just the tip of the iceberg for kids, if they weren’t in school there were often other issues and/or problems at play. Addressing those challenges probably begins by getting kids in school.
– Elsewhere in the state, a student was charged in connection with poisoning a teacher in Newport News. Yikes. In Campbell County, the school board there approved sweeping changes to buildings in the school system over the next decade or so. It could definitely change the school system.
– And from the New York Times a couple interesting pieces. Some schools are telling kids to BYOT, or bring your own technology. The article points out this is a shift from what school systems were doing just a few years ago. And most soon-to-be teachers are white even though “census figures show that close to half of all children under 5 in 2008 were members of a racial or ethnic minority.”
So, what stories caught your eye? What have I left out?