Edgewood superintendent resigns in wake of sexual harassment investigation

Edgewood superintendent resigns in wake of sexual harassment investigation By Lauren Caruba March 23, 2018 Updated: March 23, 2018 7:15pm Photo: / Emilio Castro, Edgewood ISD Superintendent- Edgewood ISD's board of managers has selected a new superintendent. They have named him the "lone finalist" and are required by law to wait 21 days before voting to hire him. Emilio Castro will replace interim superintedent Sylvester Perez. Castro was deputy superintendent at SAISD since 2013. Berore that he was an elementary, middle and high school principal in Dallas. Emilio Castro, Edgewood ISD Superintendent- Edgewood ISD's board of... After a harassment claim against Edgewood Independent School District’s superintendent was deemed “credible” by an outside investigation, the district’s state-appointed board of managers asked for his resignation and accepted it Thursday night. Express Newsletters Get the latest news, sports and food features sent directly to your inbox. Sign up Most Popular 1 GI’s wife was invited to see the Spurs — and got the ride... 2 Austin serial bomber and the Unabomber were linked by alienation 3 Sources: Seeking clarity about Leonard’s return, Spurs hold... 4 Comal County resolution on quarry decried as too little, too... 5 Former Playboy model says Trump tried to pay her after sex Board president Roy Soto said Emilio Castro resigned Monday, effective March 31. Castro will be paid his salary through that date, along with 15½ days of accrued leave. The board acted after receiving an update on the investigation this month, Soto said. The board Thursday also voted to keep Philip Chavez, Edgewood’s chief academic officer, as interim superintendent as it searches for a new top leader. Chavez took over Castro’s duties Feb. 23, when the superintendent was put on paid leave. A district employee had Continue Reading

Here’s how much UNC system students will pay next year in tuition and fees

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School district plans to arm students with rocks as protection against school shooters

HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania (KTRK) -- As schools around the nation grapple with how to best protect their students against a potential gunman, a school district in Pennsylvania has come up with one concrete solution.The superintendent of the Blue Mountain School district is in the spotlight after telling state lawmakers his students will protect themselves against potential school shooters with rocks. "Every classroom has been equipped with a five-gallon bucket of river stone. If an armed intruder attempts to gain entrance into any of our classrooms, they will face a classroom full students armed with rocks and they will be stoned," said Dr. David Helsel.Dr. Helsel says that one stone can inflict a lot of pain and distract a shooter."At one time I just had the idea of river stone. They're the right size for hands. You can throw them very hard and they will create or cause pain, which can distract," said Helsel. Helsel says teachers, staff and students were given active shooter training through a program known as ALICE which stands for Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter, Evacuate and they routinely hold evacuation drills for active shooter simulations.Students and teachers apparently like the plan.The district has no plans to arm teachers, but each school will train and certify a maintenance worker to carry a gun. The rocks will be a last resort, according to Helsel. Continue Reading

Teenage boy who was ‘moments away’ from mass school shooting has sentence overturned as appeal court judge says he is a ‘model son’

A teenage boy who took a shotgun to school in preparation for a mass shorting has had his six year sentence overturned after an appeal court judge said he is a “model son”. The 15-year-old boy was jailed last September after a court hear he had been  "moments away" from carrying out a high school massacre after going to class with a shotgun, knife, balaclava and 200 rounds of ammunition. But this week, Lady Justice Hallett said he had shown only a "fleeting intention" to use the gun at his Warwickshire school last June, before contacting police. She agreed with social workers who said he should be freed under supervision. Lady Justice Hallett, sitting with two other senior judges at the Court of Appeal on Wednesday, acknowledged the boy quickly "came to his senses" after loading the gun and called police to the school himself. "It was when he was putting on his ear protectors that he changed his mind and rang the police," she said. The teenager, who had been suffering from severe depression and social anxiety at the time, had "exhibited no aggressive or disruptive behaviour before this incident," she added. Social workers recommended that the boy’s release includes a rehabilitation package. "We have concluded that this is a case in which the welfare of this child goes hand in hand with the protection of the public,” Lady Justice Hallett said. "We are satisfied that it would be appropriate, once we are informed the arrangements are in place, to follow the recommendations made."   Last September, Warwick Justice Centre was told how the teenager armed himself with the intent of carrying out "a shooting that would have taken a dreadful place in the history of truly wicked crimes" committed in Britain - but had a last minute "change of heart". The boy, who cannot be named, took the double-barrelled shotgun and 200 cartridges from his father's cabinet as well as a knife, balaclava and ear defenders. He then spent his first lesson Continue Reading

The new struggle for Florida schools: Paying for education — and security

Florida school district leaders are faced with a school security dilemma.Lawmakers are requiring them to add armed safety officers or "guardians" to every elementary, middle and high school campus, and they set aside $170 million for the task. But that won’t come close to projected costs.The gap — as little as $500,000 in some counties, more than $10 million in others — is leading to some potentially unpleasant choices. That’s because school board members also face other budget demands, such as a state-mandated increase in employee retirement contributions, paired with a tiny rise in revenue for general operations, if not a decrease. They’re also required to maintain a 3 percent reserve account, or be hit with new and tougher penalties the Legislature imposed in its recent session. PREVIOUS COVERAGE: Tampa Bay needs millions to pay for school security law"It’s a bigger picture than just SROs," noted Pinellas County School Board chairwoman Rene Flowers, referring to the ranks of school resource officers that soon will be expanded.Few officials want to cut academic programs or services to make ends meet with the security needs. Miami-Dade County leaders, for instance, said they will work with law enforcement and other government entities to leverage the added $10 million in safe schools funds they received. Superintendent Alberto Carvalho announced this week his district would add 100 unarmed security guards and 20 armed officers to bolster campus protection. The district won’t incur any deficit, though, spokeswoman Daisy Gonzalez-Diego said, as it "will not exceed the $10 million in new funding for SROs that the state provided." Hillsborough County School Board chairwoman Sally Harris expressed admiration for that position. By spending only what they can, she said, districts would send a clear message to lawmakers who forced them into a corner.The Legislature had not increased school safety spending from $64.5 million since Continue Reading

Where and when is Charlotte’s ‘March For Our Lives’?

March 23, 2018 8:32 AM A large crowd of students will rally in uptown Saturday for March For Our Lives Charlotte. The student-led movement is one of hundreds worldwide calling for action to end gun violence and mass shootings. Davie Hinshaw Observer Archive i By LaVendrick Smith [email protected] LinkedIn Google+ Pinterest Reddit Print Order Reprint of this Story Charlotte-area students plan to rally in uptown on Saturday in a call to end gun violence and mass shootings.More than a thousand people have said will they'll join the March For Our Lives Charlotte event, according to a Facebook page. The march is one of hundreds taking place worldwide, coinciding with a major event in Washington, D.C.What is March for Our Lives?The student-led movement was started by survivors from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, in response to the February shooting that killed 17 people at the school.The marches come more than a week after student walkouts across the country honored the victims of the shooting.In D.C., — and in cities around the country including Charlotte and Raleigh — students and other supporters will march to demand legislative action that prioritizes student safety in an effort to end school shootings.In CharlotteCharlotte's local march is set to begin at 11 a.m. in First Ward Park in uptown and last until 1 p.m. A set of student speakers are expected to give speeches.The group will march from First Ward Park to Marshall Park. Commuters should avoid the area to alleviate congestion.Likewise, people participating in the march could commute into the city by bus or light-rail to avoid parking concerns.Additional marches will take place throughout the state in cities like Raleigh, Greensboro, and Winston-Salem. Marches will also happen in the nearby cities of Mooresville, Rock Hill, and Hickory.LaVendrick Smith: @LaVendrickS LinkedIn Google+ Pinterest Reddit Print Order Reprint of Continue Reading

Outside consultants are poised to join the management of 10 local schools

Whether they like it or not, 10 area schools that attracted state scrutiny are opening their doors to visitors.Potential "external operators" have made their first visits to the Hillsborough and Pinellas schools, with much of their work scheduled for April.The visits are happening at the height of testing season, but they can’t be avoided.Depending on school grades coming in July, these firms might be placed in charge of the schools.RELATED COVERAGE Gradebook: Education news and notes from Tampa Bay and Florida "We go in and visit every classroom," said Jennifer Reeves of Learning Sciences International, the operator on deck in Pinellas County for Fairmount Park and Lakewood elementaries and Azalea Middle."It is a little bit awkward," Reeves said. "There’s a trust that we’re trying to do the best for them. But this isn’t a sales job. We’re going to be very candid about what we see and what we don’t see."The 10 schools, with histories of D and F grades, already had been designated as turnaround schools under the state’s accountability system. But in a move that surprised some district officials, the state accelerated the process and ordered districts to come up with contingency plans in case they did not show enough progress in the first year.Districts were given a short menu of options that included closing the schools or creating district-run charters, essentially a hybrid between traditional public schools and those run by private management companies.They settled on what seemed like the least disruptive option — the external operator.• • •Pinellas chose Learning Sciences International, based in West Palm Beach and with extensive experience in Florida, as it already has a relationship with the firm.Hillsborough, which put the job out to competitive bidding, selected Indiana-based Phalen Leadership Academies to oversee seven schools: Mort, Potter, Oak Park, Booker T. Washington, Sheehy and Foster Continue Reading

Grammar schools have virtually no effect as genetics determine academic success, study finds

Grammar schools have virtually no effect because genetics determine academic success, a King’s College London (KCL) study has found. Researchers examined the genetic differences between students who attend selective and non-selective schools, then analysed their GCSE results. They found that children who attend grammar or private schools are more likely to do well in exams - but this is largely down to their genes, rather than their school environment.   The study, published in the journal npj Science of Learning, suggests that the type of school a child goes to has little impact on their academic achievement by the age of 16. Emily Smith-Woolley, the lead author of the paper, said: “Our study suggests that for educational achievement there appears to be little added benefit from attending selective schools. While schools are crucial for academic achievement, the type of school appears less so.” She added that teachers and schools should be more open to discussing the role of genetics in the classroom, and the effects it has on educational attainment. Professor Robert Plomin, another of the paper’s authors, said that genetics should be included in teacher training courses. Researchers analysed data of over 4,000 students in England and Wales which included the students’ genotype, their family socio-economic status, academic ability and achievement at 11, school type and GCSE results. Ms Smith-Woolley, a researcher at KCL’s Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience,   said that even if selective schools have little impact on a pupil’s GCSE results, they may benefit children in other ways in the long-term. “Although school type appears to have little impact on achievement at GCSE, there are many reasons why parents may opt to send their children to selective schools,” she said. “Future research is needed to identify if school type makes a difference in other outcomes, Continue Reading

UT Ecologists get grant for wildlife study

Share Tweet Share Email Comments Print University of Toledo graduate student Kyle Pagel draws a blood sample from a Red-Headed Woodpecker in May of 2017. A recent grant will help UT students study red-headed woodpeckers, eastern box turtles, and spotted turtles in northwest Ohio and southeast Michigan. The Blade/Katie Rausch Enlarge | Buy This Image A University of Toledo team of ecologists has received $400,000 in grant money to better understand wildlife in northwest Ohio’s globally rare Oak Openings region. The two-year grant, provided by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources and the Michigan DNR with U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service funds, will allow Jeanine Refsnider, evolutionary ecologist and assistant professor in the UT Department of Environmental Sciences, and Henry Streby, ornithologist and assistant professor in the UT Department of Environmental Sciences, to learn more about productivity and survival of red-headed woodpeckers, eastern box turtles, and spotted turtles in the oak savanna and wet prairie habitats of northwest Ohio and southern Michigan. Those two types of habitat have declined greatly over the past century. Researchers are focusing on those three types of wildlife because they are considered flagship species for Oak Openings. Related Items university of toledoohio department of natural resourcesMichigan Department of Natural Resources Click to comment Guidelines: Please keep your comments smart and civil. Don't attack other readers personally, and keep your language decent. Comments that violate these standards, or our privacy statement or visitor's agreement, are subject to being removed and commenters are subject to being banned. To post comments, you must be a registered user on toledoblade.com. To find out more, please visit the FAQ. Continue Reading

Lee alumni money for centennial celebration reportedly at stake if school’s name is changed

Members of the Lee Elementary School community say that school’s foundation and centennial celebration are in danger of losing funding if the name of the legacy Tulsa elementary school changes to anything but Lee.The committee appointed to consider changing the name met again Wednesday and plans to reveal a community input process next week, Tulsa Public Schools said in a statement.The Tulsa school board pressed pause last week on renaming the school “Lee School” to replace its now-rescinded name of Robert E. Lee after some parents said they felt blindsided by the name-changing process.TPS said next week’s update will include how Lee teachers, students and families will be engaged in the community input process for potential school names.Members of the ad hoc committee — the group handling the recommendations for school names — were circumspect about the process this week when reached by the Tulsa World.Rachel Humphrey and Erica Townsend-Bell, two members of the committee, both declined to share their personal feelings on the original recommendation to change the name to Lee School or any future recommendations the committee might have. They said they didn’t want to speak for the group.Humphrey later said in an email, “I believe everyone involved in the process regarding Lee school’s name change including those who spoke at the school board meeting, the school district, the school board, the ad hoc committee members and all school community members have the best of intentions and want to do the right things for our school to move forward.”Other members declined to comment.However, some members of the school community who aren’t on the ad hoc committee feel that changing the name to anything but Lee School could imperil the private funding that has allowed the school to cope with education funding cuts and offer amenities other schools lack.And a name change could throw the school’s fall 2018 Continue Reading