PopMuse: Educational Sector http://popmu.se Musings of stuff en-us Copyright 2007-2019 http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0/ Audit reviews Kentucky Teachers’ Retirement Systems https://www.sfgate.com/news/education/article/Audit-reviews-Kentucky-Teachers-Retirement-14845444.php https://www.sfgate.com/news/education/article/Audit-reviews-Kentucky-Teachers-Retirement-14845444.php Tue, 19 Nov 2019 09:25:08 UTC Education News from SFGate FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — A report by Kentucky Auditor Mike Harmon shows the pension system for teachers is on more solid ground. Harmon says the financial statement audit of the Kentucky Teachers’ Retirement Systems shows that its fiduciary net position increased by some $600 million. The review shows the amount rose to $21.9 billion in the fiscal year that ended in June. The amount was $21.3 billion the prior fiscal year. Harmon says the audit allows taxpayers, educators and policymakers to be aware of how the system has performed. In recent years, Gov. Matt Bevin and the GOP-led legislature committed to full pension funding. TRS management says in the new audit that assuming the state’s contributions meet the actuarily recommended amount, TRS should have sufficient assets to provide all benefits due to its members. http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0/ Tennessee school resource officers up; 450 schools lack them https://www.sfgate.com/news/education/article/Tennessee-school-resource-officers-up-450-14845439.php https://www.sfgate.com/news/education/article/Tennessee-school-resource-officers-up-450-14845439.php Tue, 19 Nov 2019 09:21:21 UTC Education News from SFGate NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee’s education commissioner says the law enforcement presence in schools is increasing, but 450 schools still lack a school resource officer. Commissioner Penny Schwinn told lawmakers Monday that grants totaling $7.2 million this year have added 206 new school resource officers statewide, totaling 1,378 officers. Schwinn said school safety funding includes $20 million recurring and $20 million over two years. In February 2018, the Tennessee Sheriffs’ Association said there were 910 school resource officers statewide, representing 40% coverage of schools. Schwinn told reporters requiring officers at schools would be a big budget request, but added that nothing is more important than children’s safety and health. Schwinn said more people would need to be recruited and trained as officers, saying there aren’t currently enough ready officers for each school. http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0/ West Virginia high school graduation rates reach high mark https://www.sfgate.com/news/education/article/West-Virginia-high-school-graduation-rates-reach-14845433.php https://www.sfgate.com/news/education/article/West-Virginia-high-school-graduation-rates-reach-14845433.php Tue, 19 Nov 2019 09:19:22 UTC Education News from SFGate CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The West Virginia Department of Education says high school graduation rates have reached the highest level recorded for the state. The department says the rates represent the percent of ninth grade students who graduate with a regular diploma in four or five years. Data from the 2018-2019 school year shows an increase in the four-year rate to 91.4%, up from 90.2%, and an increase in the five-year rate to 90.7%, up from 90%. There has also been an increase of approximately 10% over five years in the graduation rate among students with disabilities, to 78.8%. The West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission said 52.6% of students enrolled in higher education institutions last fall, while 41% continued education for advanced credentials, joined the workforce or enrolled in the military after graduation. http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0/ Georgia school: 4 teens board school bus, attack kids inside https://www.sfgate.com/news/education/article/Georgia-school-4-teens-board-school-bus-attack-14845411.php https://www.sfgate.com/news/education/article/Georgia-school-4-teens-board-school-bus-attack-14845411.php Tue, 19 Nov 2019 09:00:11 UTC Education News from SFGate DECATUR, Ga. (AP) — Officials for an Atlanta-area public school say a group of older students boarded a bus and attacked elementary school students inside, sending one to the hospital. A statement from the Dekalb County School District obtained by news outlets says two middle school students, one high school student and an 18-year-old non-student are accused of assaulting younger students onboard the bus Monday morning. Officials said the bus was about 1 mile (1.6 kilometers) from Snapfinger Elementary. The statement says district police obtained warrants for the high school student and the 18-year-old. The two middle schoolers were transported to juvenile intake. WSB-TV reports officials sent a voicemail to parents Monday saying the group of older students boarded the bus “to assault an elementary school student.” The hospitalized student’s condition hasn’t been released. http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0/ Buttigieg speaks at black college in push to boost support https://www.sfgate.com/news/education/article/Buttigieg-visits-Morehouse-in-effort-to-build-14844275.php https://www.sfgate.com/news/education/article/Buttigieg-visits-Morehouse-in-effort-to-build-14844275.php Tue, 19 Nov 2019 08:55:48 UTC By THOMAS BEAUMONT and ERRIN HAINES, Associated Press at Education News from SFGate ATLANTA (AP) — Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg told a crowd at Morehouse College on Monday that what black voters on the campaign trail most want to hear from him are whether he can win and what he is going to do for black America. Buttigieg told the audience of about 250 people at the historically black, all-male college in Atlanta that a strong showing in mostly-white Iowa could help persuade black voters that he can win. Polls have shown that Buttigieg, the white mayor of South Bend, Indiana, has risen into the top tier in Iowa, which hosts 2020’s first presidential caucuses. “One of the best ways to settle the question of electability is to do well in an election,” he said. “Iowa is a way to demonstrate that you can get people to come out for you.” But as he gains momentum in an overwhelmingly white early voting state, the pressure is building on him to demonstrate he can win over black voters, who for now have largely sided with former Vice President Joe Biden. Buttigieg, 37, has stumbled on issues of race, despite having a detailed policy to address systemic racism. On Monday, he discussed his Douglass Plan — named for abolitionist Frederick Douglass — that aims to redress generations of inequality in areas ranging from education to housing to health care. He also took questions on such issues as voter suppression, funding for historically black colleges, student debt and impeachment. Kaori Anderson-Walker, 19, had heard a bit about Buttigieg on social media but came to Monday’s forum to learn more. He thought the mayor was “phenomenal.” “The way he’s looking out for the black community is much needed,” said Anderson-Walker, a sophomore at Morehouse who said he’s undecided on who he plans to vote for but could see... http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0/ Q&A: How the Hong Kong protests converged at Poly U https://www.sfgate.com/news/education/article/Q-A-How-the-Hong-Kong-protests-converged-at-Poly-14845397.php https://www.sfgate.com/news/education/article/Q-A-How-the-Hong-Kong-protests-converged-at-Poly-14845397.php Tue, 19 Nov 2019 08:25:10 UTC By KEN MORITSUGU, Associated Press at Education News from SFGate HONG KONG (AP) — Anti-government protesters are occupying Hong Kong Polytechnic University after retreating from the other campuses where they had held demonstrations last week. The ongoing confrontation with police has turned the school known as “Poly U” into a fiery battleground. WHAT IS POLY U? The public research institution that became fully accredited in 1994. It was established decades earlier as a trade school offering technical education. Today, it retains a focus on professional training, with programs in engineering, textiles and construction. WHAT HAS BEEN HAPPENING THERE? Protesters began occupying several campuses last week, including Hong Kong University and the Chinese University of Hong Kong, but have retreated from the others. At Poly U, they set up barricades at major entrances and turned the school cafeteria into a “Confrontation Canteen,” outfitting one statue with the movement’s trademark hard hat and face mask. Police advanced on the protesters Saturday night and battled with them over the next 24 hours, driving them off surrounding streets and into the campus. Police set a cordon up around the area late Sunday, warning that those inside would be arrested. Many have come out, some younger students escorted by parents and principals, while others have tried to evade the cordon and escape. About 100 are believed to remain. WHY WAS IT CHOSEN? Polytechnic offered a strategic confluence point as protesters sought to block major roads and disrupt train service to force the city into a “general strike.” Using Polytechnic as a base, demonstrators were able to block off the nearby Cross-Harbour Tunnel, one of three main road connections under the harbor to Hong Kong Island, as well as major roads such as Chatham Road South. The symbolism... http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0/ Mesa Public Schools board puts superintendent on paid leave https://www.sfgate.com/news/education/article/Mesa-Public-Schools-board-puts-superintendent-on-14845221.php https://www.sfgate.com/news/education/article/Mesa-Public-Schools-board-puts-superintendent-on-14845221.php Tue, 19 Nov 2019 05:12:55 UTC Education News from SFGate MESA, Ariz. (AP) — The superintendent of Arizona’s largest school district has been placed on non-disciplinary paid administrative leave, but it’s unclear why. The governing board for Mesa Public Schools met behind closed doors Monday to go over Ember Conley’s severance package with lawyers. Deputy Superintendent Andi Fourlis will assume Conley’s duties as the board looks for interim superintendent candidates. Conley joined the school district 18 months ago after a nationwide search. She replaced Michael Cowan, who served as superintendent for nearly a decade. Conley worked in the Maricopa School District for several years and was superintendent of the Park City School District in Utah before joining Mesa Public Schools, which has more than 62,000 students. http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0/ University hosts discussion of state education lawsuit https://www.sfgate.com/news/education/article/University-hosts-discussion-of-state-education-14845213.php https://www.sfgate.com/news/education/article/University-hosts-discussion-of-state-education-14845213.php Tue, 19 Nov 2019 05:08:27 UTC Education News from SFGate SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A court ruling about insufficient opportunities at public schools in the state is the subject of an upcoming public discussion at New Mexico State University. Experts in public education are inviting residents to join a discussion Thursday in Las Cruces about the lawsuit and responses to it. State lawmakers have increased spending on public-school salaries and longer academic calendars at many schools. But parents and school districts that sued the state say even more needs to be done to help disabled students and vulnerable children from poor households where English is not spoken. The state trails most of the nation in average academic proficiency among students and high school graduation rates. Criminal justice professor Dulcinea Lara says discussion will delve into implications of the district court ruling for students. http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0/ New International Student Enrollment In U.S. Has Fallen 10% Since 2015 https://www.forbes.com/sites/stuartanderson/2019/11/19/new-international-student-enrollment-in-us-has-fallen-10-since-2015/ https://www.forbes.com/sites/stuartanderson/2019/11/19/new-international-student-enrollment-in-us-has-fallen-10-since-2015/ Tue, 19 Nov 2019 05:04:40 UTC Stuart Anderson, Contributor at Forbes - Education The enrollment of new international students at U.S. universities has declined, while enrollment in Canada and Australia has skyrocketed. http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0/ Thousands of teachers expected at Indiana Statehouse protest https://www.sfgate.com/news/education/article/Thousands-of-teachers-expected-at-Indiana-14845191.php https://www.sfgate.com/news/education/article/Thousands-of-teachers-expected-at-Indiana-14845191.php Tue, 19 Nov 2019 05:01:38 UTC By TOM DAVIES, Associated Press at Education News from SFGate INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Thousands of teachers are expected to pack the Indiana Statehouse for a rally calling for further increase teacher pay in the biggest such protest in the state amid a wave of educator activism across the country. Teacher unions says about half of Indiana’s nearly 300 school districts will be closed while their teachers attend Tuesday’s rally on the same day legislators gather for 2020 session organization meetings. Republican Gov. Eric Holcomb and leaders of the GOP-dominated Legislature have avoided direct criticism of teachers or the decisions by school districts to close, but don’t expect to take action on further boosting school funding until at least 2021. Teacher unions say members are frustrated over seeing little or no pay raises in a decade. http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0/