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6/30/2016

6/30/2016

A plan to hand over some of North Carolina's struggling elementary schools to charter operators is headed to Gov. Pat McCrory's desk despite outcry from educators and local school boards who call it a charter school takeover.

6/30/2016

Fractions are notoriously tricky for many kids, but giving them real-world examples and more space for student thinking and discussion can help make abstract concepts more concrete.

6/30/2016

Maryland officials have denied community requests to remove three school board members in an Eastern Shore county following an uproar over the ousting of a popular superintendent. The Maryland State Board of Education found that the requests were not factually or legally sufficient to warrant removal of the board’s relatively new majority.

6/30/2016

With the release of its Safety Management Dashboard, Gaggle now provides deep insight and analytics on violations and incidents when students use Google Apps for Education and Office 365. Gaggle Safety Management combines machine-learning technology with safety representatives who review content 24/7 to ensure students are safe.

6/30/2016

Colorado’s Global Village Academies has partnered with Rosetta Stone in a move to equip its charter students with new tools for mastering their chosen language learning program of Spanish, Mandarin Chinese, Russian, French, or German.

6/30/2016

People hoping to improve the nation's education system could learn a lot from budding education entrepreneurs, who by and large were former teachers or had teachers on their teams. Rather than offering platitudes or infeasible plans to completely reshape the education system, they looked to solve clearly articulated, discrete problems that are right in front of them.

6/30/2016

Blue-collar training without a strong college-preparatory focus reduced both men’s and women’s odds of enrolling in a four-year college. However, men in these communities enrolled in greater numbers of high school vocational courses, had higher rates of blue-collar employment and earned comparable wages relative to men who attended high school in non-blue-collar communities.

6/30/2016

Designed to look and operate much like Amazon’s flagship site—but without the e-commerce back-end—the Amazon Inspire open education resources platform lets users sort content by relevance, user ratings and popularity.

6/30/2016

Faced with overcrowding issues and aging buildings, a community group has put forward a proposal to the Wisconsin school district's school board that includes a new high school and renovations to other school buildings.

6/30/2016

A new bill requires the screening of every public school student for dyslexia starting in the 2018-19 school year. The measure also mandates that teachers receive two hours of training on methods to address the disorder, and that a task force recommend how classroom services should be delivered.

6/30/2016

Rhode Island's governor signed a bill into law that is designed to prevent the use of school suspensions for minor misbehavior, while allowing youth who pose a physical risk or serious disruption to students to be suspended. The law limits out-of-school suspensions, not suspensions that are enforced in school.

6/30/2016

Eleven school districts from Montana to Guam have settled a federal complaint with the U.S. Education Department related to poor website access for some blind and vision-impaired students.

6/30/2016

Gov. Bill Walker’s vetoes fall heavily on K12 education, which would lose $58 million. The largest share of that cut is to the account the state uses to partially reimburse local governments for school bonds. He has also cut $10 million from rural school construction.

6/30/2016

A number of juniors, seniors and recent high school graduates are attending the three-week MD Camp to explore careers in medicine. The 12-year-old program of Ohio State University’s Office of Diversity and Inclusion is administered and taught by second-year OSU medical students.

6/29/2016

6/29/2016

Detroit schools have long been in decline academically and financially. But over the past five years, divisive politics and educational ideology and a scramble for money have combined to produced a public education fiasco. The original idea of fostering academic competition has resulted in lots of choices but not many good choices.

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