Industry News

5/28/2015

5/28/2015

Palm Beach County's school board is now requiring charter-school applicants to disclose any prior history with failed schools and prove they offer innovative programs in order to open their doors in the county. New schools will also be prohibited from opening near a traditional public school serving the same grades.

5/28/2015

A teacher is suing the Fremont RE-2 school district, claiming the high school is not keeping church and state separate. Personalized Bibles distributed to students, morning prayer circles on campus and a church pastor ministering on the school campus are a few examples the lawsuit names as unconstitutional.

5/28/2015

A Pennsylvania Department of Education report indicates there is a difference in how black students and students with disabilities are disciplined in Pittsburgh’s city schools. The report also shows that out-of-school suspensions are disproportionately given to students with behavioral issues.

5/28/2015

The state Senate narrowly passed a bill paying approximately $5,000 to any family who pulls their child out of public school to attend private or home school. Students in poverty or special education would get 100 percent of the average state education funding, while all other students would receive 90 percent.

5/28/2015

A math teacher at Manual High School has launched a pilot program that will allow her students' parents — those without a high school diploma — to join their children in the classroom and learn the math required for them to pass the high school equivalency exam.

5/28/2015

The agreement is in accordance with an arbitrator's ruling on a grievance the union filed last year, which argued new high school schedules violated contracted work limits.

5/28/2015

State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson awarded $244 million in grants to 40 programs that blend academic and career technical education, connect employers with schools, and train students for jobs in high-demand fields — such as health care, advanced manufacturing, IT and software development.

5/28/2015

The state's prevailing wage law would be repealed under a bill passed by an Assembly labor committee. The proposal would do away with the law that requires construction workers on certain government and school projects to be paid wages equivalent to what they would earn working on other projects in the area.

5/28/2015

The state House of Representatives advanced a dramatic change in Washington’s high-school graduation requirements. The bill would temporarily eliminate the need to pass a science test for graduation and simplify the state testing system.

5/28/2015

A majority of local legislators in the House and Senate passed a measure to refinance Jefferson County school construction debt which gives the cash-strapped county $36-$40 million annually from the proceeds of the refunding. The bill passed this month refinances the outstanding principal balance of about $560 million.

5/28/2015

When the Philadelphia School Reform Commission recently voted to close two underperforming charter schools, it was making a decision that was in the best interests of students. The commission should go further and close the other underperforming public schools in the city: district-run schools.

5/28/2015

The Washington Legislature must act immediately to make common sense changes to the state's confusing, expensive and burdensome system of student testing. Why now? This is the first year that students must pass a biology assessment as a graduation requirement. Predictably, about 8,000 students statewide have not passed the test.

5/28/2015

A student's appearance should be the last thing of concern to a teacher, but more importantly, these comments — even when positive — can be damaging and hurtful to other kids. There are simply too many other things worth complimenting for any educator to be discussing physical appearance.

5/28/2015

The three companies launched a new digital signage solution called theconnectEDU. The bundled offering enables students and staff to receive a wide range of content via digital displays and desktops such as campus broadcasts and timely alerts for emergency preparedness.

5/28/2015

Follett has launched a collection of nearly 18,000 e-book titles for preK-12 students through a strategic partnership with HarperCollins Publishers.

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