District Administration

District Administration is a product magazine covering education for grades K-12 district leaders. Founded in 1986, it is a monthly publication, published by Professional Media Group L.L.C. The editor is Judy Faust Hartnett.

Articles from Vol. 40, No. 2, February

Announcing EduComm
The main goal of this magazine is to help school leaders do their jobs, whether they are superintendents, curriculum leaders or IT directors. So, when we saw a chance to extend our influence past the printed page, we didn't hesitate. DISTRICT ADMINISTRATION...
A Piece of the Reform Puzzle Helps Principals
This fall, Paul Vallas, CEO of the School District of Philadelphia, gave the principals of some of the area's most challenged high schools help to meet the standards he and the School Reform Commission have set for the district. The public schools...
Brave New World: Districts Are Beefing Up Their Databases and Using Them for More Tasks Than Ever. but Are They Keeping Their Confidential Information Safe?
As school leaders can attest, they're always being asked to do more. New requirements, new tests and new demands from parents are just some of the daily issues they face. Consider a school district's overworked database. With the specific requirements...
Charter Schools Likely to Grow
Is it a better option? Will students learn more, test better? These questions continue to linger around charter schools and charter districts. While there is no definitive answer, what is certain is that charter schools help answer a demand of the...
Construction Interruption: In the Real World, Renovation Problems Happen. Here Are Tips for Dodging and, If Necessary, Dealing with Them
What happened to B.J. Gatten smacks of an absurd sitcom episode: The Ridgefield (Conn.) High School sophomore struggled through a semester of geometry while construction workers built a new wing onto the school on the other side of the wall. "Sometimes...
Cyber Security: Why CoSN Wants to Help Districts Protect Their Technology Assets
The mission of a school is to facilitate learning. Learning ends on teachers, buildings, curriculum, materials, increasingly, security. In fact, schools are safer than ever before. We don't allow sharp-edged climbing structures in the gym, mold...
Do These Web Sites Work? Sometimes They Work, Sometimes They Don't. Learn What Our Panel of Online Experts (Odvard Egil Dyrli, Charles Shields and Gary Stager) Say Is Right, and Wrong, with These District Web Sites
NAVIGATION The site is very deep; there are lots of places to go and things to see--even listen to. The district has included a number of narrated slide shows about the school system that open in the middle of the home page, and close again with...
Edison Buyout Draws Ire in Florida
This past fall, Florida teachers found themselves in a strange alliance. Sunshine State teachers, via their state pension plan, became the new owners of Edison Schools. The Florida Retirement System purchased the Edison business, which includes school...
Efficiency: Worth the Energy? Whether You're Starting from Scratch or Shaping Up, Options Abound for Energy Savings in Schools
The Answer: $1.5 billion for America's schools. The Question: If the costs of unnecessary energy use in schools were subtracted from the $6 billion schools spend on energy every year, what would be saved? That alarming equation is courtesy of...
Escalating Spam Wars: Districts Need Multiple Tools to Fight the Rising Tide of Junk
Imagine that every time you went to grab an item at the supermarket, someone ran up to you and forced you to consider what they were selling. Chances are you'd be shopping at a different supermarket soon. Well, that's the state of e-mail these days....
Gambling for Classes
In dozens of states across the nation, lottery proceeds have been billed as cash cows that would enhance education. But has that really happened? Some watchdogs say budget-strapped states are increasingly relying on gambling proceeds to fund basic...
Gay Comment Starts Flap in Louisiana District
The Lafayette Parish School District in Louisiana allegedly encroached on the free speech of a 7-year-old boy recently by punishing him for telling another student that his mother is gay. Last November, the then 6-year-old Marcus McLaurin reportedly...
Giving Back in Detroit
An up close and personal look into teaching at urban schools is what future teachers will receive thanks to a new $6 million partnership between the Broad Foundation, Michigan State University and Detroit Public Schools. The partnership will make way...
How to "Use" Students: Students Can Be a Great IT Resource for School Districts. Just Make Sure You Set a Program to Train and Monitor Them
What's an administrator to do? On the one and, you have a rowing need for adequate tech support. On the other hand, there have been so many cuts and deletions in recent years your budget is beginning to resemble Swiss cheese. On the third hand, which...
If at First ... If You Don't Offer New Teachers the Right Kind of Professional Development, You May Not Get a Second Chance
In a new millennium with a new federal mandate to leave no child behind, there's one constant for teachers: The need for new teachers to be nurtured, trained and treated with the respect a professional deserves. The New Teacher Center at the University...
Kids Taking over WWW
Online games and music files that kids play and download are helping to create a gap between students and their schools. But it's not a distraction from schoolwork. Digital-age students are becoming so tech-savvy that their teachers and schools are...
Lights, Camera, Algebra Action
It's the next generation of math homework helplines. And students in and around Houston Independent School District are tuning in. The district's After School Algebra Show, which airs live on its educational access television channel twice a week...
Mentoring's Biggest Fan: One-on-One Work Helps This Superintendent Focus on His Students-All 5,700 of Them
It is not enough to visit the schools. It is not enough to walk the halls and wave. It is not enough to watch at the back of the classroom. Tony Marchio' superintendent of the fast growing, 5,700-plus student district in Appoquinimink, Del., has...
Mexican-Born Student Prepares for Test
Jose Manuel Lopez just came to America from his homeland of Mexico last August and is supposed to take the Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills test in April--a requirement under the No Child Left Behind Act. While the 13-year-old seventh grader...
Paper Chase: NCLB Comes with a Lot of Requirements, from Student Tests to Teacher Qualifications, and Districts Are Finding out It Takes a Team to Track All Data and Fill out the Corresponding Paperwork
Iowa is not known for its mountains, but don't tell that to Juli Kwikkel. Kwikkel is an elementary principal in the rural district of Storm Lake, in the northwestern part of the state. And she is spending more time than she'd like facing the rising...
Student's Death Triggers Title IX Test
A first-of-its-kind lawsuit in Texas is testing the responsibilities of school districts to protect students against sexual harassment under Title IX, the federal law that bans sexual discrimination in public schools. Unlike most Title IX cases, however,...
Taking a Closer Look at Homework
After-school programs and summer sessions are not the only ways to extend time for student learning, nor are they the least expensive. Some researchers are urging schools to take a fresh look at homework and its potential for engaging students and...
The Gift That Keeps on Giving: This District Proves That a Digital Divide Effort Can Be Stretched to Accomplish So Much More
They say when you look at fine sculpture, the work can be viewed from any angle without disappointment. The artist considers every side. Kent School District in Washington has created its own version of sculptural perfection. Its computer giveaway...
The Lying Curriculum: Insincere Letters and Pointless Worksheets
It is wrong to lie to children. Adults entrusted with educating children must abide by this simple principle. Schools, however, routinely shade the truth in the name of policy or curriculum. Lies come in all shapes and sizes from, "You'll need algebra...