This report presents the results of SREB’s survey to measure the quality of internships provided to aspiring principals in university leadership programs in the Southern states. The survey probed the extent to which principal interns are required to observe, participate in and lead activities that focus on improving curriculum, instruction and student achievement.
Jennifer Cox Bell, College Advising Corps
In this webinar, Jennifer Cox Bell, National Director of Programs and Partnerships, offered perspective and lessons learned on starting multi-member partnerships anchored in higher education in addition to sharing insight on how College Advising Corps selects and helps launch programs at new partner institutions.
On April 23, the Tennessee General Assembly adjourned after approving a $13.8 billion 2015-16 general fund budget, up 1.2 percent over the original 2014-15 budget. General funds to K-12 education will increase 1.5 percent to $4.5 billion, including $4.2 billion for the Basic Education Program (up 1.6 percent). The budget provides almost $100 million for teacher salary increases; actual salary increase amounts will be determined at the school district level. General funds for higher education are up 2.5 percent to $1.6 billion.
Education legislation passed during the session includes: House Bill 1035, which requires the state board of education to implement an expanded review of the Common Core State Standards and to adopt any changes or new standards by the 2017-18 school year; and Senate Bill 27, the Individualized Education Act, which permits a qualifying student with disabilities to apply per-pupil state and local funds to obtaining a nonpublic school education.
On May 22, the Oklahoma Legislature adopted a $7.1 billion 2015-16 general fund budget, up 0.2 percent over the original 2014-15 budget, and adjourned its 2015 legislative session one week early. K-12 education receives $2.5 billion in general funds, the same as 2014-15. State universities receive $963.4 million, down 2.5 percent.
Education legislation passed during the session includes Senate Bill 20, which allows the state Board of Education (BOE) to certify a teacher who is certified in another state. House Bill 2014 authorizes local school boards to allow eligible school personnel to carry handguns on school property. Senate Bill 711 requires school administrators to notify the BOE when a school dismisses a teacher or a teacher resigns due to accusations of sexual abuse or exploitation that may result in criminal charges.
Twelve West Virginia high schools will participate in West Virginia’s first statewide “College Decision Day” campaign to recognize high school seniors who plan to pursue some type of education or training beyond high school. College Decision Day is organized by the College Foundation of West Virginia(CFWV), an initiative coordinated by the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission to help students go to college and succeed.
Utah educators hope a modest but well-placed boost in funding will strengthen the relationship between public schools and higher education, helping more students enroll and succeed in college.
Tennessee Promise is bringing changes to every corner of the state.
Volunteer State Community College in Sumner County is hiring four “completion advisers,” a new role that will help more students leave campus with a degree in two years, administrators say.