Industry News

7/31/2014

7/31/2014

When a company wants to dig for coal in Wyoming, it pays a one-time competitive fee to help its bid stand out from what is usually a crowd of companies vying for the right to mine. Over the past 10 years, those fees have paid for more than $1 billion in school construction around the state. But if the industry continues its current trend, that money will dry up in 2018.

7/31/2014

Edgenuity has released ten new courses ranging from Algebra 1 and World History to specialized, career-oriented courses in computing and medicine.

7/31/2014

Triumph Learning has expanded its partnership with Clever to include integration with district student information systems and single sign-on with Instant Log-in without additional charges. The collaboration allows teachers and students to access Waggle with one click.

7/31/2014

Drawp for School launched the Android version of its classroom management tool. The creative tablet app is COPPA-compliant, can be used with multiple subjects and saves teachers classroom time by automatically collecting, organizing and storing assignments in the secure Drawp cloud.

7/31/2014

Leaders of the Republican-controlled North Carolina legislature announced details of a tentative budget agreement, including a 7 percent pay raise for teachers in public schools. The $21.3 billion spending plan earmarks $282 million for teacher salary increases.

7/31/2014

The North Carolina county will move forward with at least four major construction projects out of the nine priority school projects it named in April.

7/31/2014

Trained school employees and volunteers will be allowed to administer an emergency epinephrine injection if they believe a student or visitor is having an allergic reaction under a new bill. The legislation expands on a 2011 law that allowed school nurses to give the drug to any student believed to be having a life-threatening allergic reaction.

7/31/2014

State Auditor Dave Yost’s special audit of a chain of 19 charter schools is expected to cover new allegations by Innovation Ohio about test scores from the Horizon Science Academy High School in Columbus. The Ohio Department of Education will have a look as well.

7/31/2014

A new report from the Families for Excellent Schools charter advocacy group found that in nearly a quarter of New York City public schools, 90 percent or more of the students failed to demonstrate proficiency in language arts and math. The study analyzed test data on the New York City Department of Education website.

7/31/2014

Actions by STRIDE Academy and the Sauk Rapids-Rice school board this month are highlighting the need for more clarity — and fiscal reality — when it comes to Minnesota’s Public School Fee Law.

7/31/2014

The SB 793 Charter School Modifications bill stipulates the salaries of charter school teachers and members of a charter schools’ non-profit boards of directors are subject to public disclosure, but not those employed by for-profit management companies, even though they are paid with public funds. The correct thing to do if a North Carolina school is run with public money is to require all salaries to be disclosed.

7/31/2014

A recent court ruling that resets education spending in Arizona will hurt the state's creditworthiness a bit but could improve that of various school districts. Moody's Investors Service didn't announce any upgrades or downgrades as a result of a Superior Court ruling earlier this month that requires the state to increase school funding by $317 million, starting this fall.

7/31/2014

A North Carolina judge won't block a state agency from distributing taxpayer money to cover private school tuition in advance of a hearing to determine whether the program is legal. The State Educational Assistance Authority will be paying out $10 million in government-funded scholarships to students who won a lottery for tuition assistance to attend private or religious schools.

7/31/2014

Advanced English and science classes will no longer be offered in the Iowa system's middle schools this year, a move that has some parents concerned that top performers won't be challenged. Instead, students will have the option to complete honors-level assignments in all subjects within general education classrooms.

7/30/2014

7/30/2014

IAC announced that its Tutor.com business has signed an agreement to acquire The Princeton Review from Charlesbank Capital Partners. Services of the combined company are expected to be offered to consumers primarily under The Princeton Review brand with Tutor.com used for certain institutional clients.

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