Colorado school districts are responding to Gov. Bill Owens' plans for midyear budget cuts to recoup the state's $388 million shortfall. The school systems are expecting a 1% to 2% cut in state funding.
The U.K.'s Department for Education and Skills found 70% of students surveyed have online access at home. Educators are concerned students' use of the computer are unsupervised by parents -- 80% of whom don't know how to use their computers' security settings.
A government panel has proposed streamlining the country's educational system to develop a creative work force, one better able to manage the vagaries of a knowledge-based economy. The panel recommended that the school system "empower the individual."
Joseph L. Farmer, head of the Yonkers school district, resigned yesterday in a surprise move. Sources familiar with the matter say Farmer had a strained relationship with the school board, but Farmer's spokesman said he was leaving to "pursue other challenges."
West Roxbury High School in Boston lowered its failure rates on the Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System by systematically researching where students scored poorly and modifying curricula to correct for those weaknesses. As the December retest date approaches, many other schools in the Bay State would do well to use the same methods, an editorial says.