New York Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia has announced that she will resign at the end of August.
The state's first woman education commissioner, Elia submitted an unexpected resignation letter to the Board of Regents on Monday morning.
A federal watchdog agency said Tuesday that public schools have significantly underreported their use of restraint and seclusion to control students' behavior. The agency said seven out of 10 of more than 17,000 U.S. districts reported zero incidents of students being physically restrained or isolated in a separate area. The extreme measures are supposed to be used only when students are likely to hurt themselves or others but have been found to be disproportionately used on students with disabilities and on boys.
The U.S. Education Department has opened investigations into foreign funding at Georgetown University and Texas A&M University as part of a broader push to monitor international money flowing to American colleges. Both universities are being ordered to disclose years of financial records amid concerns they have not fully reported their foreign gifts and contracts to the federal government, according to letters sent to the schools Thursday and obtained by The Associated Press.
Early in the 2019 legislative session, New York state passed a law that would make state-administered standardized testing: optional; not required for teacher evaluations; and prohibited from inclusion on students’ permanent records.
While the latest New York state budget increases education funding by $1 billion, advocacy groups are criticizing a failure to adequately ensure equitable education funding across all school districts.
When science teacher Diana Allen set out to teach climate change, a subject she'd never learned in school, she fell into a rabbit's hole of misinformation: Many resources presented online as educational material were actually junk. There are materials produced by climate change doubters, lesson plans developed by the oil industry, and countless other sites with misleading or outdated information. The Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network, funded by federal grants, reviewed more than 30,000 free online resources and found only 700 acceptable for use in schools.
Student protesters at Swarthmore College occupied an on-campus fraternity house Monday following the leak of documents purportedly describing some members' derogatory comments and sexual assault jokes. The demonstration is aimed at shutting down the Phi Psi chapter at the private liberal arts school in suburban Philadelphia. On Monday morning, about 30 students were sitting at the college-owned building, which is mainly used for Phi Psi parties and other social activities. As many as 100 protesters were there over the weekend.