California Schools Face Lawsuit Over Phys Ed Classes

Thousands of elementary school teachers have been asked this summer to hold on to their lesson plans as 37 school districts throughout the state seek to show that they are providing students with required exercise.

New Database Details Pay of CA School Employees

Last year, James Hammond, the superintendent of the Montclair-Ontario Unified School District in the Inland Empire, was paid $492,077. Jonathan Eagan, the principal of a junior high school in the Bay Area city of Martinez made $279,669.

New Mexico Announces Changes to Teacher Evaluations

Several changes will be made to New Mexico’s teacher evaluation system to give schools more flexibility and address data reporting mistakes that caused flawed evaluations this spring, Education Secretary-designate Hanna Skandera said Friday.

Feds Back ACLU’s English Learner Lawsuit Against CA

The American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California has found an ally in the U.S. Department of Justice for its lawsuit charging that the state abdicated its obligation to ensure all students classified as English learners get extra instructional services to become fluent in English. The lawsuit, filed in April 2013, is set for a one-day trial next week in Los Angeles County Superior Court.

Organization Claims Charters Aren’t Cheaper to Run

A rival organization is sharply disputing a recent study from the University of Arkansas’s School Choice Demonstration Project purporting to show that charter schools are vastly more efficient at achieving higher test scores.

Obama Announces $2.5M for Native Americans to Run Schools

As part of the Obama Administration’s historic commitment to ensure that all students attending Bureau of Indian Education-funded schools receive an effective education delivered to them by tribes, U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell and Assistant Secretary – Indian Affairs Kevin K. Washburn announced this week that the BIE will fund $2.5 million in Sovereignty in Indian Education competitive grants.