Good Wednesday morning. I'll be in Duncan today at the state Department of Education's EngageOK conference. If you see me, say hi! Tulsa Public Schools is hindered in its ability to teach students and retain talented teachers in part by staff members’ belief in a lack of support from administration and policy, district planning documents reveal, the Tulsa World's Samuel Hardiman reporter this week. Those documents show that only 23 percent of Tulsa Public Schools’ teachers and principals surveyed said they “agree” that the district’s administration shows concern for the needs of its schools and that only a third of the district’s teaching staff would recommend that a friend or family member work at TPS.But Paula Shannon, TPS deputy superintendent, said the connections among students’ performance, teacher retention, and how principals and teachers feel about the district administration’s performance “is much more … [Read more...] about Morning Bell: Tulsa staff seek more support from district
Almost two months after the Santa Fe High School attack left 10 dead, the school board unanimously voted to install metal detectors at all four schools in the district. The school board decided Monday night to accept at least 16 metal detectors donated by two private companies and Lt. Gov Dan Patrick, who first offered to donate 10 devices earlier this month. The Houston Chronicle reported American Guard Services Inc. pledged to donate six devices, and Garland-based Garrett Metal Detectors offered to do a free assessment of the high school and donate enough walk-through detectors for a detection program.The exact number of metal detectors the school district will receive and install hasn't been determined. The devices are expected to be installed by the start of the upcoming school year.Last week, Sante Fe ISD also approved at least $1.5 million for increased security."Immediately following the tragic shooting in Santa Fe, I announced that I would make securing entrances and exits … [Read more...] about After deadly school shooting, Santa Fe ISD votes to install metal detectors at all schools
U.S. Rep. Jacky Rosen, D-Nev., after a press conference at Nevada Health Centers on Monday, Aug. 21, 2017, in Las Vegas. (Bizuayehu Tesfaye/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @bizutesfaye U.S. Rep. Jacky Rosen on Monday introduced a bill that would expand the existing Work Opportunity Tax Credit to ensure that all student veterans using their GI Bill benefits can take advantage of paid internships or part-time work while in school. “This bipartisan plan will help incentivize businesses to hire student veterans, giving them the opportunity to advance their careers while continuing the transition back into civilian life,” Rosen, a Nevada Democrat, said Tuesday in a statement. The bill, also sponsored by U.S. Rep Leonard Lance, R-N.J., would provide a credit to employers who hire veterans using their GI Bill benefits equal to 40 percent of the first $6,000 in first-year wages paid to the veteran. Under current law, employers can only receive this credit for hiring veterans who have a … [Read more...] about Rosen bill aims to increase hiring of student veterans
Molly Duffy The Gazette University of Iowa pairs with Pearson on new standardized tests Protesters await Pence outside Rockwell visit YPN executive director dies Rap artist Emdubai to raise funds for Iowa City students Shuttered Monroe Elementary finds new life as apartment building All articles by Molly CEDAR RAPIDS — The Cedar Rapids Community School District has fired a teacher for the “inappropriate use” of an African-American baby doll in the classroom. Tammy Ryan’s teaching contract with the district was terminated following an internal district investigation, according to a Tuesday news release. In addition to Ryan’s inappropriate use of the black baby doll, the investigation found her to be a “poor and ineffective role model,” in use of “inappropriate … [Read more...] about Cedar Rapids teacher fired for ‘inappropriate use of African-American baby doll’
John Marshall Mid-High School Principal Aspasia Carlson, one of the state's top administrators, has resigned to accept a position with Tulsa Public Schools, The Oklahoman has learned. Carlson resigned Tuesday morning from Oklahoma City Public Schools. Her resignation is effective July 31, the day before the start of the 2018-19 school year. "OKCPS thanks Dr. Carlson for her contributions and wishes her well in her new role with Tulsa Public Schools," Superintendent Sean McDaniel said in a statement. "District officials will be working to select a new leader for John Marshall Mid-High School in the coming days to ensure a smooth start to our school year on August 1st." On Monday night, the Tulsa school board approved Carlson's hire as project director for Reimagine High School. Reimagine High School is a design process for teaching and learning that includes equitable options for students, meaningful relationships between students and adults, and opportunities to learn beyond … [Read more...] about John Marshall principal resigns to accept Tulsa job
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UW President Ana Mari Cauce could be one of the top 25 highest-paid public-university presidents in the nation today. But Cauce, who has been president of the UW since 2015, has struck an unusual arrangement with her employer: She returns all of her deferred compensation — $95,000 a year — back to the UW for programs and scholarships. With that chunk of money going back to the school, Cauce is instead the 39th-highest-paid public-university president in the nation, according to an annual survey by The Chronicle of Higher Education. Her base pay now is $732,792 annually. “I am giving back,” she said this past week during a break in a UW Board of Regents meeting. “It was my choice. I feel very good about it — I ask others to make contributions to the university, and I feel good about being able to do that as well.” Still, some critics say they still have a hard time reconciling the size of Cauce’s salary — and the salary of her top … [Read more...] about Amid worsening financial picture, UW President Ana Mari Cauce returns $95K in deferred compensation
Chicago schoolteacher Kimberly Bermudez has always been the chatty type.So when she was on a Southwest Airlines flight to Florida to visit her parents last week, and her seatmate asked her what she did for a living, she told him about her first-graders, some of whom are homeless, and all of whom come from low-income families.He asked her: "What’s the most challenging part of your job?"When children come to school hungry, she said, and seeing hard-working immigrant parents struggling to provide basic necessities for their families."You can’t control what happens at home," Bermudez, 27, said in an interview with The Washington Post, recalling what she told him. "These parents are amazing. They won’t eat to feed their child."The seatmate replied that his company donates to schools such as hers, and she enthusiastically said her charter school, Carlos Fuentes Elementary, would welcome it. All the teachers and administrators in the school go into their own pockets to help … [Read more...] about Teacher on a plane talked about her low-income students. Passengers overheard and gave her more than $500 in cash.
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AUSTIN--The number of Texas students who have been arrested for terroristic threats and firearms violations soared after school shootings in Florida and Texas, according to a study released Tuesday by four social advocacy groups. The study also found that black students are disproportionately referred to law enforcement compared to other racial and ethnic groups.Release of the report, "Collateral Consequences," comes one day before a Texas Senate hearing on school violence and security.In 2016 there were no referrals to law enforcement, in 2017 there were five. Through May of this year, there were at least 1,400 referrals, the study found.As a remedy, the report suggests Texas schools take a research-based approach to assessing safety concerns rather than furthering a so-called “school-to-prison pipeline” and “zero tolerance” system.The report was authored by Texas Appleseed, Disability Rights Texas, Children’s Defense Fund-Texas and … [Read more...] about Arrests of Texas students have increased since Parkland and Santa Fe shootings, study says