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Guilford County Schools: Board Hears Update on Bond Priorities, Project Management
GREENSBORO, North Carolina, March 3 -- Guilford County Schools issued the following news:

The Guilford County Board of Education is ready to move forward with implementing the $300 million school bond passed by Guilford County voters in November. At its work session on Saturday, board members heard a report from district leaders and consulting firm Cooperative Strategies about next steps in the process.

The comprehensive master plan demonstrates more than $2 billion in school construction needs, so the district will focus on the schools with the greatest need during the first phase of bond construction. ... Show Full Article

Broward County Public Schools Curriculum Supervisor Louise Ball Honored as Outstanding Holocaust Educator
FORT LAUDERDALE, Florida, March 3 -- Broward County Public Schools issued the following news release:

Congratulations to Broward County Public Schools (BCPS) Curriculum Supervisor Dr. Louise Ball for being named one of three recipients of the Gutterman Family Outstanding Holocaust Educators Award for the 2020/21 school year. The award is presented by the Arthur and Emalie Gutterman Family Center for Holocaust and Human Rights Education at Florida Atlantic University and recognizes educators for making a positive impact on their schools and wider community in the field of Holocaust, genocide and ... Show Full Article

About 55 Dallas ISD Schools Considering an Alternative Calendar to Help Ensure Students Don't Fall Too Far Behind
DALLAS, Texas, March 3 -- The Dallas Independent School District issued the following news release:

Currently, 55 Dallas ISD elementary and middle schools are considering adopting an alternative school year calendar to help ensure students don't fall too far behind academically because of the pandemic.

The alternative calendars for the next two school years represent a bold investment, of up to $100 million, to support the Dallas ISD students who need it the most.

Forty-two schools are considering adopting an "intersession" calendar, which would extend the school year to start at the beginning ... Show Full Article

National Association of Charter School Authorizers: NCSRC's New High-Quality Authorizing State Profiles a Great Asset for the Field
WASHINGTON, March 2 -- The National Association of Charter School Authorizers issued the following news:

As the charter sector grows and evolves, it's more important than ever to have high-quality authorizing policies and practices. This is how we ensure that charter schools are accountable for student performance and have the flexibility to develop new educational models that meet all students' needs.

The U.S. Department of Education's Charter School Programs (CSP) understands quality authorizing is a crucial lever for achieving these goals. ESSA requires that CSP State Entity (SE) grantees--typically ... Show Full Article

Guilford County Schools Appoints Chief Performance Officer
GREENSBORO, North Carolina, March 2 (TNSPer) -- Guilford County Schools issued the following news:

Sonya Stephens will become the next Chief Performance Officer for Guilford County Schools. The announcement came during Saturday's Guilford County Board of Education work session.

Stephens has served as the senior director of school accountability in Wake County Public School System since 2014. There, she provided leadership for district-wide data analysis, assessment and planning to improve student learning. In Wake County she also spent nearly six years as a data trainer, working closely with ... Show Full Article

Seattle Public Schools: Students in PreK-12 Intensive Service Pathways and Preschool Students to Begin Returning In-Person March 11
SEATTLE, Washington, Feb. 27 -- Seattle Public Schools issued the following news:

Since last year's transition to remote learning, Seattle Public Schools has been working to return students to in-person instruction in a phased approach. Our educators and staff are working harder than ever, and yet we know there is still a subset of students whose needs are not being met. As an education organization, students must remain at the forefront of our efforts.

At the February 25 Special School Board Meeting, the board met to discuss OSPI Washington Schools 2020-21 Reopening Progress Report Submission ... Show Full Article

Albemarle County Public Schools: Superintendent Proposes That Next Year's Budget Include a 5 Percent Salary Increase for Teachers
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Virginia, Feb. 27 -- Albemarle County Public Schools issued the following news:

The Albemarle County School Board will hold a public hearing next Thursday, March 4, on the school division's proposed funding request for the next school year. The hearing will be accessible to the public via live stream beginning at 6:30 p.m. Those wishing to speak at the hearing can register online from 9 a.m. on Monday until 12 noon on the day of the hearing.

Superintendent Dr. Matthew Haas presented the school division's funding request to the Board on February 18, projecting that revenues and ... Show Full Article