As Modesto City Schools considers moving high school start times later at a yawn-inducing pace, across the nation other affronts to the 19th century school day are moving forward. A national report on longer school days says twice as many kids, still just a few and mostly in urban areas, have longer school days than two years ago.
Choosing a college involves a best-guess calculation of what money will be needed – tuition, books, living costs and a good laptop. In time for Financial Literacy Month – and for high school seniors making the big decision – the Federal Student Aid office of the U.S. Department of Education has put together a quick guide to its many tips sheets and calculators. Online financial literacy resources from many sources offer free information for families.
A new writing initiative from California State University, Stanislaus, aims to turn the page on the science and math story, adding an underline and an exclamation point to liberal arts training. The idea is to better communicate all those deep thoughts and lofty ideals of the reflective, creative majors, giving grads greater leadership potential that will shine on their alma mater.
With the start of testing comes trepidation about the results, outrage at monitoring student social media and a sigh that a read on how schools are doing will not be coming soon. Stanislaus County, meanwhile, sets out to change its stars, focusing on the earliest grades and how to make all kids good readers by the end of third grade.
Parents helping at school get far more than they give in understanding their child’s day and helping little Noah or Sophia (the most popular names of 2013) get the most out of school. That said, parents cannot be compelled to volunteer their time or pitch in their pennies.
The No Child Left Behind Act, cornerstone of President George W. Bush’s education policy, at last may be getting a long overdue renewal. But new versions strip away much of the original law’s idealistic intent and may not make it past the Democrat in the White House.
School districts are busy gathering community input for a second year of budgeting tied to local priorities. Last week, the state Legislative Analyst’s Office released a report with some well-deserved criticisms of the way the state form lays out the information.
Most professions have insider lingo which, like a secret handshake, makes users part of the club. Education, however, elevates lingo to an art form, and all the financial and instructional reforms in recent years seem to have heightened its use.
For schools, New Years Day is more a midpoint than a fresh start. But the dawn of 2015 seems like a good time to look at big changes for 2014-15 – how the start went and hazard some predictions on to be put the test in the months to come.
Computer Science Week just wound up, but the whole month has felt tech-centric. There is a tech-tonic shift happening, pardon the pun, from the inkwell world where classrooms got their start. Encyclopedias to Google-ing. Wide-ruled binder paper to spreadsheets. Pencils to styluses.
College. Jobs. The future and all it could hold took center stage at a meeting of business leaders and high school students. The conversation turned to Common Core, and the lynchpin role that industry and educators hope it will play in raising the bar for our local economy.
Modesto City Schools voted against arts-oriented Manzanita Charter School after staff members questioned its financial viability and board members said they could not support its lack of alignment with state standards.