OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Oklahoma Schools Superintendent Janet Barresi says she will explore all the state's options to ensure that the needs of students and school districts are met following a series of technical glitches in student testing.
Barresi participated in a conference call Wednesday with the president of the testing company, CTB/McGraw Hill, after it experienced problems with online assessments for grades 6 through 12 on Monday and Tuesday.
A contentious battle for a spot on Penn State's board of trustees is dividing the university's alumni community. While some candidates and alums focus on the past, others want to push beyond the abuse scandal that shook the school over the last two years. With so much at stake for the much-loved school, some say the board of trustees election is playing out more like a contentious political race for mayor or Congress, not just a spot on a university board.
Some state legislators are calling for a moratorium on public school testing after a number of computer glitches were reported by state education officials.
Longtime school administrator and State Rep. Curtis McDaniel (D-Smithville) says it would be unfair to subject students to testing this year after ``a ton of problems'' have been reported with the process.
Here in the United States, this is a big day for many high school seniors. It is College Decision Day, May 1st. It's when many seniors have to send in their deposits to college to secure a place in next year's freshman class. For many, this decision caps a long college application process. And to find out what it's been like, we visited a high school here in Washington D.C.
NICK VITALE: My name is Nicholas Vitale. I'm 18 years old and I'm a senior here at Gonzaga College High School. And I applied to six colleges.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Democrats in the Oklahoma House are expressing concern about funding for public education.
Democratic House members will join state school superintendents, principals, teachers and students Wednesday to discuss legislative negotiations on an education budget.
Legislation passed a decade ago requires lawmakers to present a public school budget to the governor no later than April 1. Local school districts face an April 10 deadline for notifying certified teachers if their contracts will be renewed for the following school year.
Tell Me More continues the conversation on whether school suspensions actually do more harm than good. Host Michel Martin is joined by education reporter Sarah Gonzalez, New Jersey school administrator Brad Currie, and father and former prosecutor Glenn Ivey.
There are still relatively few women in tech. Maria Klawe wants to change that. As president of Harvey Mudd College, a science and engineering school in Southern California, she's had stunning success getting more women involved in computing.
There's something about charter schools that parents love. So when the mayor of Indianapolis, a city that's been a leader in the development of charter schools, shut one down last summer, a group of parents and staff made a bold decision. They choose to keep the school going with hardly any funding and no charter.
Kyle Stokes reports.
KYLE STOKES, BYLINE: At first, parents fought the mayor's decision to close The Project School in central Indianapolis. They went to court. They took to the streets in protest.
Thirty years ago this week, President Ronald Reagan's administration released "A Nation at Risk," a report warning of "a rising tide of mediocrity" in American public education.
According to the report, only one-third of 17-year-olds in 1983 could solve a math problem requiring two steps or more, and 4 out of 10 teenagers couldn't draw inferences from written material. In an address to the nation, Reagan warned that "about 13 percent of 17-year-olds are functional illiterates and, among minority youth, the rate is closer to 40 percent."