DCSD finds new Superintendent
The third largest school district in the state of Georgia, home within the metropolitan of Atlanta, DeKalb County School District has sought after for the past six months, a new superintendent to lead their school district and has found one. The recent leader of Kansas City Schools, MO, R. Stephen Green will lead the DeKalb County School District starting July. Chosen from 100 finalists, Green expressed much sincerity and fidelity in leading the school district to even greater heights. Coming from the academic probation adversity still haunting the school district, DCSD is now looking for a leader to carry them through the final revamping from the probation, to full, solid accreditation with SACS (Southern Association of Colleges and Schools). Green coming in with set accomplishments from Kansas City, will be making around $300,000 a year, slightly lower from his salary in Missouri. We are wishing him all the success!
Penn State suspends fraternity in light of wrongdoing
College’s and University’s Fraternities and Sororities have to abide by compliance, including governing rules, policies, and procedures just like any other organization structure on campus. This proved true for the Kappa Delta Rho chapter fraternity on the University Park campus of Penn State University. This fraternity has just been handed down a three year suspension after officials discovered a hidden Facebook page containing nude pictures, and other offensive information clearly in violation of school policy. The decision was handed down after a lengthy investigation spearheaded by Damon Sims, Vice-President for Student Affairs that included evidence of hazing, sexual harassment of women, and the sale of illegal drugs. The organization is allowed to have a place of operations on campus, as long as they agree to certain stipulations including, implementing a comprehensive education program for new members, participation in sensitivity training on sexual assaults, and bystander intervention training. However, the organization will not be recognize by the University for the next three years. The national president of the organization has weighed in his views, and has agreed to concur with the stipulations, in addition to enforcing additional mandates that will improve the overall presence of the student organization. The suspension can be lifted after three years if improvements are noted.
Students walk out at USC Roski School of Art and Design
What is going on in the world of Music and Fine Arts!? A lot, apparently at the University of Southern Californian, USC, Roski School of Art and Design department of Fine Arts. Experiencing a recent walk out of an entire MFA (Master of Fine Arts) class, the school’s Dean, Erica Muhl, expressed deep sympathy of their announcement of a walk out in protest of changes in curriculum, faculty, and funding, and have orchestrated a plan for their return. All master level students, they announced their walk out via an arts education website. The students were particularly upset of not being offered TA (Teacher Assistant) positions as promised prior to their enrollments as master level students. Writers report that this issue stems from a bigger issue of the role of the Arts in education across the country. Some luminaries of the music industry have recently assisted the school in funding, promotion, and curriculum. Jimmy Iovine, the co-founder of Interscope Records, and rapper Dr. Dre have both just recently opened the pair’s new namesake academy at the university. Hopefully this can be a catalyst for other industry leaders across all disciplines to do the same for colleges and universities nationwide. These collaborative efforts may not only assist the schools of Music and Fine Arts across the country, but other departments and schools within other colleges and universities as well. Many will be on watch on how dean Muhl handle this situation in the near future.
Batavia Local Schools implement new technology
Technology in today’s classrooms is a must, highly sought after tool necessary for implementing promising instruction to eager learners. However, just like anything else that is good to have and use, it comes with a price, a price that the parents of the Batavia Elementary School of Batavia, OH are being faced with. The additional $75 dollars that Batavia Schools are asking of the parents should offset the cost for additional individual tablets and chromebooks for students to use inside and outside the classroom. As a part of the new technology initiative underway by the district, the new technology will aid in the learning and instructional process. Parents are already responsible for a yearly fee, but this additional $75 hike will aid in providing and implementing this new technology. Implementation of this new technology, as with any new initiative taken on by a school district, has and will require thought out planning and execution. Planning and execution include determining how the cost of the devices will be covered; how, when, where, and for what purpose they will be used; and maintenance and replacement costs. Hence, the Batavia Local Schools has done just that in determining and carrying out their 21st Century Learning Plan, launched in 2014. A new technology initiative catered towards putting a technological device in the hands of every student, the implementation of individual tablets and chromebooks for students will be another step in that process.
http://www.ajc.com/news/news/dekalb-school-board-approves-contract-for-new-supe/nmQRF/ -DeKalb school board approves contract for new superintendent
http://www.nytimes.com/2015/05/27/us/penn-state-penalizes-fraternity-cha… -Penn State, Finding Harassment and Hazing, Suspends Recognition of a Fraternity
http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/arts/miranda/la-et-cam-usc-arts-dean-open-letter-to-withdrawing-students-20150526- column.html#page=1 -Dean Erica Muhl’s open letter to the ‘USC Seven’ and debating the future of art school
http://www.chicagotribune.com/suburbs/batavia-geneva-st-charles/news/ct-tri-batavia-increase–tech-fee-for-chromebooks-tl-0604-20150528-story.html -Batavia elementary parents to pay increased fees for technology