WLNS: New website features fiscal data on Michigan public schools. “The fiscal health of each public school in Michigan now can be viewed on a new website. The Michigan Treasury department says the MI School Financials Dashboard is easy to use and provides visual financial data about local and intermediate school districts and public academies.”
University of Texas at Dallas: Criminologist, Student Team Build Database on U.S. School Shootings. “A criminologist and her students at The University of Texas at Dallas are creating a database that tracks shootings at K-12 schools in the United States going back to 1990. Dr. Nadine Connell, associate professor of criminology in the School of Economic, Political and Policy Sciences, said the National Institute of Justice project aims to fill a need for reliable data on gun violence on school campuses.”
Georgia State University: Georgia Association of Educators records open; periodicals online. “The records document the merger of the Georgia Education Association and the Georgia Teachers and Education Association, which represented white and black teachers, respectively, and integration of K-12 schools around the state circa 1970. Periodicals from the collection (1930-2017) have been digitized and are available online as part of GSU Library’s Digital Collections. Scholars, students, and the general public are invited to visit Special Collections and Archives to use the collection.”
The Advocate: [Louisiana] launches new ‘School Finder’ website with extensive info on schools and child care centers
The Advocate: [Louisiana] launches new ‘School Finder’ website with extensive info on schools and child care centers. “State education leaders on Tuesday are unveiling their latest consumer tool for Louisiana families shopping for a public school. It’s called Louisiana School Finder. It’s the new home for public school report cards but goes far beyond report cards of the past.”
NationBuilder: NationBuilder, RunForOffice.org, and BallotReady create the first public database of school board positions for all 50 states
NationBuilder: NationBuilder, RunForOffice.org, and BallotReady create the first public database of school board positions for all 50 states. “Nine months ago, NationBuilder and RunForOffice.org embarked on a uniquely ambitious project: to map all the electable positions in school districts in the US with the help of dedicated volunteers. Since then, a total of 275 people have contributed at least 3,491 total hours of work to research 13,090 districts, resulting in 81,361 school board positions available for public search.”
Digital Trends: Hackers Breach Public School Databases, Send Out Threatening Texts . “Parents of children in an Iowa school district were left severely concerned after they received SMS messages from an unknown person or persons threatening to kill students at their childrens’ schools. The messages were doubly worrying because they contained personal details about the children, all because hackers had stolen the information from a school network.”
9 News: Interactive map shows distracted driving grades near schools. “A new tool allows parents to find out how safe the roads surrounding their neighborhood schools are due to distracted drivers. The interactive map is a kind of report card that assigns schools a letter grade and offers browsers an idea of how frequently drivers are using their phones near a school.” Note that while I saw data for all states, when I zoomed down to state level some counties were missing.
The Google Custom Search Engine blog had a very short update – so short I’m not quoting it here. But the gist is, Google Custom Search Engine (CSE) offerings are being developed for non-profits and schools.
Fox 21 News (Colorado): New website shows financial information of schools, districts statewide. “The website, Financial Transparency for Colorado Schools, launched Friday, June 30 and was created in response to legislation from 2010 and 2014 that sought to provide the public a deeper understanding of how education dollars are spent in schools, districts and BOCES.” BOCES means Boards of Cooperative Educational Services.
CBS Denver: New Website Gives Vaccination And Exemption Rates In Colorado Schools And Child Care Facilities
CBS Denver: New Website Gives Vaccination And Exemption Rates In Colorado Schools And Child Care Facilities. “There is a new tool for parents to check vaccination rates in Colorado schools and day care facilities. The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment now offers the school and child care immunization data website. The numbers represent nearly a million children.”
4 New York: NYC to Launch Online Database of School Cafeteria Violations. “New York City parents will soon be able to check how clean their kids’ school cafeterias are, thanks to a new online database that will list lunchroom violations including mice droppings, fruit flies and roaches.”
Penn State has created a database of educational agencies in Pennsylvania. “Navigate Education in PA is an online database that contains information on more than 4,800 Pennsylvania education agencies, including public, private and charter schools; intermediate units; career and technology centers; and higher education institutions.” The announcement makes it sound like it’s for Penn State affiliates only, but I was able to search it with no problem.
The state of South Carolina has launched a new Web site to show school closings and delays across the entire state. “The next time South Carolina schools cancel class due to nasty weather, parents will have one more place to check for updates. The S.C. Department of Education has launched a School Closure Web Application … that will display school closures and delays from every school district in the state.”
DigitalNC has put up a collection of slides showing segregated schools in Durham, North Carolina in the 1930s and 1940s. “The slides include images of classroom scenes, school celebrations, exterior shots of school buildings, a high school class trip to Williamsburg and Richmond, VA, group portraits of sports teams, portraits of teachers and school administrators, and more.”
A new Web site helps North Carolina parents find schools in their area (PRESS RELEASE). “The app was developed to provide North Carolina families with a central database to search the schools in their area including traditional public schools, public charter schools, and private schools enrolled in the state’s Opportunity Scholarship Program. … The app allows parents to input their address and a map updates in real-time with their local options. For traditional public and public charter schools, NC Schools Around Me includes the latest report card grades released by the Department of Public Instruction.” Warning: these folks want a LOT of personal information to use their Web app.