The superintendent of a small Central California school district, sued by two members of a campus gay rights group, says their high school yearbook will include quotes from both students — quotes the yearbook’s faculty adviser had rejected as “politically divisive.” It was all a misunderstanding that should have been resolved without a lawsuit, Darren Sylvia, superintendent of the Chawanakee Unified School District in Madera County, said Friday. But the American Civil Liberties Union, which sued on behalf of the youths, said it won’t drop the case until the district adopts policies against censorship of student speech advocating gay rights. When Minarets High School in O’Neals asked seniors to send in quotes to accompany their yearbook photos, 18-year-old Steven Madrid wrote in December, “I think that the best day will be when we no longer talk about being gay or straight — it’s not a ‘gay wedding,’ it’s just a … [Read more...] about Central Valley school district won’t ban pro-gay yearbook quotes
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Data compiler Niche has ranked Pennsylvania's best school districts for 2019. The rankings were released this week as part of the website's 2019 K-12 rankings. To arrive at the rankings, Niche looked at data from the U.S. Department of Education as well as test scores, college data, and ratings collected from Niche users. (You can read more about the methodology here.) Each district received a letter grade in the following categories: Academics; Diversity; Teachers; College Prep; Clubs & Activities; Health & Safety; Administration; Sports; Food; and Resources & Facilities. The top-ranked school district in Pennsylvania is again Tredyffrin-Easttown School District. The district, which is home to the award-winning Conestoga High School, was also ranked first in 2018 and 2017. Niche gave Tredyffrin-Easttown School District an A or an A+ in all categories except for diversity, for which it received a B-. Next was Radnor Township School District in Delaware County. Here is the … [Read more...] about Pennsylvania’s Best School Districts: New Rankings Released
The 9th U.S. Federal Appeals Court said the Chino Valley School District in California must discontinue its practice of inviting religious leaders to lead in prayer during its meetings. The July 25 per-curium opinion in the Freedom From Religion Foundation v. Chino Valley United States District case said the prayer policy violated the Establishment Clause because “these prayers typically take place before groups of schoolchildren whose attendance is not truly voluntary and whose relationship to school district officials, including the Board, is not one of full parity. The court deemed the injunction ordered to stop the prayer practice as appropriate because it prevents the government from infringing upon people’s constitutional rights. The board argued the prayer practice fell under the 1983 Marsh v. Chamber case’s legislative-prayer tradition. The opinion said, “Prayer practice [that] fits within the tradition long followed in Congress and the state … [Read more...] about California School District’s Pro-Prayer Policy Shot Down By US Appeals Court: ‘Cannot Use Their Public Position To Impose Religion’
Click here for more photos from this story Gov. Tom Wolf has been travelling around the state to hear school administrators' ideas about education spending in Pennsylvania. The "Schools That Teach" tour, which focuses on his proposed $2 billion increase in school funding over the next four years, visited the Conewago Valley School District on Friday. It was the 26th stop for the tour and Wolf's first visit to Adams County since he was elected governor. New Oxford High School teachers, administrators and county officials sat down for a round-table discussion that touched on Keystone testing, budget cuts and, as Wolf put it, the dreaded "a-word" in education: accountability. Wolf said he wanted to see more accountability from both the state and the districts without pointing fingers. "Let's unfold the arms and work together," Wolf said. "Make the case for educational investment and I'll make sure we are raising money fairly." In March, a letter from the state's Department of Education … [Read more...] about Gov. Tom Wolf stops at Conewago Valley School District to talk funding, accountability
Most area kids are back in school, and parents may be evaluating the quality of education their school district has to offer students. Niche has released its 2019 list of the best school districts in Pennsylvania. There are 500 public school districts in the state, consisting of 3,287 schools and 120 charter schools, according to the Pa. Department of Education. And of those 500 school districts, Niche ranked each one. Rankings were based on data compiled from the U.S. Department of Education, state test scores, college readiness, graduation rates, SAT/ACT scores, teacher quality, public school district ratings and more. Further details about Niche's methodology can be foundhere. More: See where York County schools landed on the list More: Pa.'s highest-paid school superintendents take home more than $300K. Here are the top 10. More: Are your York County school taxes going up in 2018? Check the list More: How much do Pennsylvania educators get … [Read more...] about Pennsylvania’s 500 school districts ranked — where do Adams County districts fall?