DeKALB – Diversity, classroom size and property tax reduction were hot topics as six candidates running for four open spots on the DeKalb School District 428 Board gathered for a public forum Monday night at DeKalb High School. After a meet-and-greet at 6:15 p.m., candidates took to the auditorium stage to field five questions culled from queries submitted by audience members. The forum was open to the public, but the session also was livestreamed on barbcast.com. Six hopefuls – Orion Carey, Samantha McDavid, Sarah Moses, Jeremy Olson, David Seymour and Rick Smith – answered questions posed by moderator Mary Lynn Buckner, co-president of the DeKalb teachers union. December Richardson, Stephen Irving and incumbent Fred Davis also are running but did not attend the event. Much of the conversation focused on drawing people to the DeKalb area, with candidates offering suggestions for how that best could be accomplished. When Buckner asked the candidates which three … [Read more...] about DeKalb School District 428 Board candidates discuss hot-button topics
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HARTFORD, Conn. – As a blast of Arctic weather swept across the country, Waterbury schools superintendent Verna Ruffin consulted forecasts and transportation officials before making the call: Schools in the hilly Connecticut city would delay opening by two hours Thursday. Within hours, social media was ablaze with criticism. Some parents said schools should be closed entirely due to temperatures near zero degrees. With little snow on the ground, others questioned why schools should be affected at all. The extreme weather that shuttered schools across a swath of the northern United States this week spurred similar debates over when such calls are appropriate, and whether school districts today might be getting "soft," as suggested by Kentucky's governor. The debates also provoked conversations about the disruptions of school closures or delays on working families and poor students. In making her decision to delay the start of school in Waterbury, Ruffin said she was worried about … [Read more...] about Are school districts going ‘soft’? Cold spell stirs debate
opinion Wendi Hauser Opinion contributor Published 1:09 PM EST Jan 15, 2019 My daughter warned me through labored breaths that she’s having trouble breathing. As I watched my six-year-old’s chest rise and fall, I realized we were heading down a very familiar path. A path that includes monitoring her oxygen level, breathing treatments and, consequently, missed school days. My daughter has mild asthma, as well as environmental allergies. We’re fortunate that her only real exacerbations occur seasonally, or if she catches a virus. However, when she does experience a flare up, it requires timely attention. It’s the kind of attention that requires a school nurse. Unfortunately, her Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) elementary school only has a nurse on campus once a week. As it currently stands, if my child were to have an asthma- or allergy-related issue, her teacher would have to ignore her other students to address my daughter’s … [Read more...] about Los Angeles school district teachers strike: Parents must support strike
SYCAMORE – Talks of what new positions should be created and what the administrative structure should look like comes after the Sycamore School District 427 superintendent confirmed her plans to retire after next year. John Burkey, who is with the Large Unit District Association, presented his recommendations of administration organizational structure to the District 427 Board during its meeting Tuesday night at Sycamore Middle School. The recommendations come after a soft announcement that Superintendent Kathy Countryman is retiring after the 2019-20 school year. After looking at a dozen districts in the state that are of similar size as Sycamore’s, Burkey said his main recommendation for the District 427 was to consider hiring a dedicated human relations director, which the district does not have but most districts of similar size do. He said the position could help the district ensure it keeps a level of compliance and consistently helps to make employees better. … [Read more...] about Sycamore School District 427 Superintendent Kathy Countryman retiring after next school year.
BARABOO, Wis. -- Officials with a Wisconsin school district say free-speech rights would make it difficult to discipline students who appeared in a photograph that showed several high school boys giving what appears to be a Nazi salute. The State Journal reports that Baraboo Superintendent Lori Mueller said in a letter to parents Wednesday that officials cannot know the "intentions in the hearts" of those involved. She also said the district isn't in a position to punish the students because they are protected by the First Amendment. The prom photo of about 60 boys was taken outside the Sauk County Courthouse in Baraboo last spring. It prompted international outrage after it surfaced in a now-deleted tweet this month with the caption: "We even got the black kid to throw it up." At least one student is seen making the OK gesture, which some associate with white supremacists. The photographer, Peter Gust, defended the students in an interview with a local TV station, saying the … [Read more...] about School district says free-speech protects those in photo of apparent Nazi salute