Tuesday - March 28, 2017
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New Haven Charter School at Risk of Losing Grades Under Gov.'s Budget Demands Fairness, Ability to Grow
HARTFORD, Conn., March 24 -- The Northeast Charter Schools Network issued the following news release:

Parents, students, educators and school leaders from Booker T. Washington Academy (BTWA), a public charter school in New Haven, will come together on Tuesday, March 28 to demand fairness from Governor Dannel Malloy, as well as the heads of the Appropriations Committee, as the proposed budget would prevent the school from growing past the 3rd grade.

Booker T. Washington Academy launched in 2014 and currently serves grades K-3. Under its state-approved charter, BTWA has plans to continue to ... Show Full Article

Lisa Lewis, North Learning Community Teacher Assistant of the Year
CHARLOTTE, N.C., March 24 -- Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools issued the following news:

Lisa Lewis was in corporate sales before becoming a mother of two boys. She stayed home to care for them. When they went to Winding Springs Elementary, she volunteered three to four days each week. "The principal at the time, Myrna Meehan, told me I was at the school so much that I should consider becoming a teacher assistant. So I took her up on it," she said.

She has remained a teacher assistant at Winding Springs for 13 years. "It wasn't an accident. It's what I was meant to do. I love helping the students."

Lewis ... Show Full Article

Broward County School Board Approves Superintendent's School Boundary Recommendations for 2017/18
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla., March 24 -- Broward County Public Schools issued the following news release:

The School Board of Broward County, Florida, unanimously approved the 2017/18 School Boundary Recommendations during a School Boundary Public Hearing on March 22, 2017, at Plantation High School.

The approved changes include a new sixth through 12th grade option for Millennium Middle School, which will begin by adding one high school grade with 75 seats each year until 2020/21. Additionally, a boundary change for three elementary schools in Parkland will go into effect, to align enrollment ... Show Full Article

Florida Virtual School Board Chair Receives Women on the Move Award
ORLANDO, Fla., March 23 -- Florida Virtual School issued the following news release:

Dr. Dhyana Ziegler, Florida Virtual School (FLVS(R)) Board Chair, was recently presented with the "Women on the Move" award from ONYX Magazine.

ONYX Magazine, Florida's premiere African-American publication, recently hosted one of the most prestigious celebrations honoring women of color: Women on the Move. This event recognizes the accomplishments and contributions of some of Florida's most influential and impactful women. It celebrates trailblazers who have served to make a difference in their communities. ... Show Full Article

Elizabeth Hussey, West Meck/Harding/POB Feeder Learning Community Teacher Assistant of the Year
CHARLOTTE, N.C., March 23 -- Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools issued the following news:

Elizabeth Hussey joined Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools more than two years ago as a Spanish translator at Sedgefield Middle School. In her first year, she realized that she wanted to work with Exceptional Children, so she became a teacher assistant.

"I saw there was a need and realized I gravitate toward EC students," Hussey said. "I wanted to help them and I like explaining things and demonstrating things for them."

Hussey works with seventh- and eighth-grade students in inclusive science and social studies ... Show Full Article

Buck Lodge Middle School Student Advances to National Spelling Bee
UPPER MARLBORO, Md., March 23 -- Prince George's County Public Schools issued the following news release:

Buck Lodge Middle School student Kelly Han won the 2017 Prince George's County Spelling Bee and will compete in the Scripps National Spelling Bee at National Harbor in May. She will also participate in Bee Week (May 28-June 3) leading up to the national competition.

Han's awards include a trophy from Champion Awards, Trophies and Goods, Inc.; $500 check and gift basket from Educational Systems Federal Credit Union (ESFCU); four roundtrip tickets from Southwest Airlines and a Washington ... Show Full Article

8 Hart Vision Awards Presented at the 24th Annual California Charter Schools Conference for Commitment to Excellence in Education
SACRAMENTO, Calif., March 23 -- California Charter Schools Association issued the following news release:

Today, the California Charter Schools Association (CCSA) was honored to recognize eight inspiring and exceptional charter school leaders and advocates with a prestigious Hart Vision Award at the 24th Annual California Charter Schools Conference in Sacramento for their commitment to providing children the best education possible. Since 1995, these awards have been awarded annually to recognize and honor individuals and organizations demonstrating outstanding leadership and excellence in education. ... Show Full Article