Texas State Board of Education revising sex education standards

Sign up for The Brief, our daily newsletter that keeps readers up to speed on the most essential Texas news.

By the age of 16, Atticus Sandlin has become a sex education expert.

As a student at Hebron High School in Lewisville Independent School District, in the suburbs of Dallas, he built what he calls a “sex ed mini career,” educating himself through internet research, conferences and advocacy groups — then turning around and educating his peers.

Last school year, he says, students would find him in the halls to ask questions like, “What is a hymen?” or “Does this count as sex?” He handed out condoms, pamphlets and dental dams to anyone who asked, and highlighted the importance of respecting other people’s boundaries. He even taught sexual education classes specifically for LGBTQ students through Youth First, a program in North Texas for queer teens.

Texas does not require public

Read More

Caprice Edmond narrows funding gap between Karl Nurse in Pinellas School Board race

The funding gap between Pinellas County School Board candidates Karl Nurse and Caprice Edmond is narrowing following the most recent funding period.

Nurse only leads Edmond by $3,606 — Nurse has $8,755 cash on hand, while Edmond has $5,149.

In the most recent Pinellas County finance period, which spanned Aug. 14 through Aug. 28, Edmond led, collecting $3,915. Nurse brought in just $1,100 in the same period.

So far, Nurse has had more money to work with throughout his campaign, raising a total of $51,445 since his campaign started, including $40,000 of his own money. Edmond has raised $35,972.

As far as spending, both candidates have dished out their earnings generously. Nurse has spent $42,691 and Edmond $30,824.

This period alone, Nurse spent $11,494, most of which on printing and mailing services. Edmond spent more conservatively, dishing out $3,346 this period on an array of marketing materials.

Following the

Read More

San Diego Unified school board candidates talk reopening, school funding

At one of the first forums for San Diego Unified School Board races, candidates shared ideas about reopening, school choice and school funding.

Three seats on the five-member school board are up for grabs. The board governs the second-largest school district in the state, with roughly 100,000 students and a $1.5 billion budget.

UC San Diego organizational development manager LaWana Richmond is challenging current Trustee Sharon Whitehurst-Payne to represent District E, which is southeast San Diego.

College professor Camille Harris is challenging current Trustee Richard Barrera to represent District D, which is south central San Diego.

And health educator Sabrina Bazzo is facing off with nonprofit consultant Crystal Trull to represent District A, which is north central San Diego. Board President John Lee Evans, who represents District A, is not running for re-election.

Wednesday’s forum was held via Zoom by Parents for Quality Education President Tom Keliinoi and Voice of

Read More

Al Miller For Howell Board Of Education

HOWELL, NJ – Four seats are up for grabs on the Howell Township Board of Education, according to the Monmouth County Clerk’s Office.

For the full-term race (with three seats open), board vice president Albert “Al” Miller, Dr. Denise M. Lowe, Ira Thor, and Stephen Dobbins will be campaigning for a seat. Thor, Lowe and Miller are current members seeking to maintain their spots, while Dobbins is a newcomer slated to challenge the incumbents. Current board member Laurence Gurman is also running unopposed for a two-year unexpired term.

Miller has been a resident of Howell for 15 years and a Howell Township Board of Education member for nine years. He has two daughters, one in nursing school and one in Howell High School. “Both of my daughters went through the Howell school system, Miller told Patch. “They received excellent education by the dedicated hard working staff we have in our

Read More

Jackie Heftman Stamford Board Of Education

STAMFORD, CT — The 2020 election is heating up in Connecticut and there are plenty of races with candidates eager to serve in elected office. Eyes are primarily focused on the presidential election, but every state representative and senate seat is up for grabs. All five of Connecticut’s congressional seats are up for grabs as well.

There are 151 seats in the state House of Representatives and 36 in the state Senate. Democrats currently hold majorities in both chambers with a 91 to 60 lead over Republicans in the House and a 22 to 14 lead in the Senate.

Connecticut Patch asked candidates to answer questions about their campaigns and will be publishing candidate profiles as election day draws near.

Jackie Heftman, a Stamford resident, is running for reelection to the city’s Board of Education.

Age: 76

Party affiliation: Democratic Party

Family: Husband Alan; two sons who attended Stamford Public

Read More

Digital learning tools for English language learners part of funding approved by Hamilton County school board

Funding recently approved by the Hamilton County Board of Education will provide resources for students learning English as a second language.

The more than $16,000 approved unanimously on Sept. 17 is from the U.S. Department of Education’s Title III, Part A program — aimed to improve the education of English language learners by helping them meet state academic standards.

According to a summary breakdown from the school district, the majority of the money — more than $13,000 — will go toward instructional supplies.

The supplies, district officials said, are software programs like ELLevation, Rosetta Stone Classroom, and Flocabulary. The remainder of the funding will go toward teacher salaries and benefits.

Boston-based ELLevation is a distance learning tool that serves 450,000 English Language Learners across 260 school districts in 30 states. Flocabulary, founded in Brooklyn, is known for its online educational hip hop songs and videos. Virginia-based Rosetta Stone gives students

Read More

Board of Education races pits newcomer against board veteran

Robert Goldman, a 10-year incumbent on the Marin County Board of Education, is being challenged in the Nov. 3 election by Felicia Agrelicus, a 25-year-old youth program director for Marin’s Spahr Center.

“I’m running for re-election mostly based on my record of accomplishments,” said Goldman, who was elected to his current seat representing Area 4 on the county board in December 2009 and before that served on the Kentfield school board for 16 years.

Goldman, who earned two teaching credentials and a graduate degree in law before retiring as an FBI agent, has been endorsed by Mary Jane Burke, Marin County superintendent of schools, and five of his six fellow board members.

Agrelicus, who works for Marin County’s only community agency devoted to serving the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community, said, “I believe in educational equity first and foremost. I have really deep connections with folks who are advocating

Read More

KCS board of education talks virtual learning, disparities and school culture

Day one of the two day workshop presented updates on the strategic plan as well as areas of concern for this year.

KNOX COUNTY, Tenn. — The Knox County Board of Education took a look at key issues across the system, and at the top of the list was virtual learning. However, the system said some of it’s earliest feedback proved positive. 

Things like student discipline within Microsoft Teams and attendance tracking proved to be a problem for some.

Officials also noted a potential for high failure rates for virtual students on that list, as well as concern over achievement potential. We asked Superintendent Bob Thomas about this.

“It would appear that some of our students that need in-person the most are in the virtual platform,” he said. 

He went on to say that the goal is to get more virtual students back in the classroom for the spring semester

Read More

Ira Thor For Howell Township Board Of Education

HOWELL, NJ – Four seats are up for grabs on the Howell Township Board of Education, according to the Monmouth County Clerk’s Office.

For the full-term race (with three seats open), board vice president Albert “Al” Miller, Dr. Denise M. Lowe, Ira Thor, and Stephen Dobbins will be campaigning for a seat. Thor, Lowe and Miller are current members seeking to maintain their spots, while Dobbins is a newcomer slated to challenge the incumbents. Current board member Laurence Gurman is also running unopposed for a two-year unexpired term.

Thor is a Howell resident of over 10 years and father of three children, all of whom have attended or are currently attending Howell Township schools. The incumbent has over 20 years of higher education experience, with wife Kathryn touting more than 20 years of experience in special education.

Thor is the Senior Director of University Communications and Media Relations at New

Read More

U.S. corporate board diversity lags as few minority execs get top jobs: study

FILE PHOTO: The skyline of lower Manhattan is seen before sunrise in New York City, U.S., July 17, 2019. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid/File Photo

BOSTON (Reuters) – Publicly traded U.S. companies have been slow to add minority directors over the past five years even as women grabbed a greater share of board seats during that period, a comprehensive study to be released on Monday shows.

Across the Russell 3000, a broad index of U.S. companies, 29% now have two or more ethnically diverse directors, 7 percentage points more than in 2016, according to the new data from ISS ESG, an arm of Institutional Shareholder Services, scheduled to be presented at a conference on Monday. By contrast 66% of those boards now have 2 or more women, 27 percentage points more than in 2016, ISS found.

Brett Miller, head of data solutions for ISS ESG, said the figures reflect how boards traditionally recruit

Read More