In Oakland, Calif., the Chabot Space and Science Center has morphed from a small museum into a dynamic center whose offerings help fill gaps in the local schools' science curricula. About 50,000 students annually visit the center, which features biology and chemistry-physics labs and a new million-dollar interactive exhibit on the Challenger mission.
Texas, Indiana, Mississippi and Pennsylvania are considering legislation aimed at softening their zero-tolerance stances. Although supporters believe tough rules have helped reduce campus violent crime, some observers feel the rigid policies have, at times, led some schools to overreact.
Last night, the United Teachers Los Angeles' House of Representatives voted 140 to 80 to reject a proposed contract that would give teachers a 2% pay raise. Earlier in the day, newly-elected union officers had announced their opposition to the contract, citing concerns about the size and timing of the raise and the agreement's "completely confusing" language.
Wilfrid Laurier University economist David Johnson compared test scores for more than 3,000 Ontario elementary schools against their demographic data to identify 13 successful campuses where students outperformed peers from similar socio-economic backgrounds. He finds the higher-performing schools share common traits of strong principal leadership, teaching teams, well-run extracurricular programs and effective communication with parents.
More than 800 district leaders, school tech bosses and other educators attended the Consortium for School Networking's 10th Annual Networking Conference in Washington, D.C., last week. Speakers urged attendees to move beyond the "assembly line model of education," which overemphasizes tests and standards, and instead strive to develop innovative, tech-driven curricula that prepare students for the work force.