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7/29/2016

7/29/2016

The Louisiana school district's school board ended its search for the district's next schools superintendent with a decision to offer the spot to Arthur Joffrion Jr. Joffrion currently serves as executive assistant superintendent for the Rapides Parish School District.

7/29/2016

The State School Reform Office-appointed East Detroit school CEO charged with overseeing the turnaround of four East Detroit schools will finally be able to begin work—with some limits—after attorneys reached an agreement in court. Under the agreement, he cannot unilaterally control state funds or terminate or modify the contracts of teachers and administrators.

7/29/2016

A student has filed a federal Title IX lawsuit against his Wisconsin school district. The transgender teen says the Kenosha School District has essentially created a surveillance program to monitor his bathroom usage, with plans to issue green wristbands to help identify transgender students.

7/29/2016

Four New Mexico school superintendents made their case for greater clarity in state grading of public school performance and state assessments of students’ standardized test results in a wide-ranging discussion during a joint appearance before the Legislative Finance Committee, which met this week.

7/29/2016

For one thing, the ultimate decision-maker in any district needs to be notified immediately of threats to maximize time for decision-making. Time, then, is vital for those who must decide if a threat is real. The more school officials realize this, the more responsibly they will be able to act.

7/29/2016

When the public gets its first glimpse of the school built to replace the one where 20 first-graders and six educators were massacred, they'll see a building designed to be attractive, environmentally friendly, conducive to learning, and above all, safe.

7/29/2016

The Clubhouse, the new K-5 meal program created by Sodexo, was developed using a custom-designed focus group process with students across the country. The program will launch in 400 schools for the beginning of the next school year

7/29/2016

The governing board of the largest public school system in Texas voted to name Richard Carranza, San Francisco USD's superintendent, as the sole finalist to lead the Houston ISD. Myong Leigh, the California district's deputy superintendent for policy and operations, could head the school district if Carranza becomes Houston’s superintendent.

7/29/2016

When it comes to politics, the smaller the entity the more important it truly is. When it comes to spending your money—collected through property taxes which are given to the state and then sent back to school districts—the perceived less-powerful school boards wield a mighty big stick.

7/29/2016

Through a new six-year partnership, Wilson County Schools' educators will begin integrating Discovery Education’s Science Techbook (grades K12), Social Studies Techbook(grades 6-8) and Math Techbook (grades 6-12) into classroom instruction in the 2016-17 school year. K12 classrooms districtwide will have also access to Discovery Education Streaming Plus.

7/29/2016

For the third year in a row, schools across Minnesota saw no overall improvement on math and reading tests. In the 2015-16 school year, 59 percent of students met math standards, down one percentage point from last year. In reading, 60 percent of students met standards, similar to last year’s results.

7/29/2016

The Leander school trustees named Kerrville Superintendent Dan Troxell their top pick for superintendent for the 37,000-student district, the third-largest school system in Central Texas. Troxell will replace former Superintendent Bret Champion, who resigned to lead the Klein school district.

7/29/2016

Paying market wages for teachers is a big part of attracting and retaining. But so is putting more merit into the system. If teachers want the respect they deserve, they need to be more willing to base compensation on success, not just years of experience. Don't lower the standards to let untrained teachers in. Raise the rewards to keep the good ones from leaving.

7/29/2016

NetRef's latest upgrade, NetRef 3.0, provides timeframes of when students have gone off task, allows customization of websites, and offers detailed reporting on Internet usage by student, class or school.

7/29/2016

The Florida Department of Education just released the names of 44 schools in danger of closing unless they improve. Almost half are in the Bay Area and five are in Polk County. No closings would take place until the 2017-2018 school year.

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