Industry News

4/17/2015

4/17/2015

Six schools want special permission from the state to hire teachers not certified in the subject they're teaching. It's one of the ideas the Coalition of Innovative School Districts thinks will improve Kansas schools.

4/17/2015

FLIR Systems, Inc.'s new FLIR TCX thermal mini bullet camera is now available. The security camera combines 24/7 high-contrast thermal video and high-performance built-in video motion detection.

4/17/2015

The Ann Arbor Public Schools Board of Education voted to ban dangerous weapons, including guns, from school buildings and property. Under a new policy, a weapon such as a gun in a school constitutes an emergency.

4/17/2015

E-cigarette use among high school students increased from 4.5 percent in 2013 to 13.4 percent in 2014. Among middle school students, the rate rose from 1.1. percent in 2013 to 3.9 percent in 2014. The 2014 National Youth Tobacco Survey also found that e-cigarette use has surpassed that of every other tobacco product.

4/17/2015

Robert Avossa, the superintendent for Georgia's Fulton County Schools, has been named as the Palm Beach County school district's new superintendent. He will replace Superintendent Wayne Gent, who is leaving in July to head St. Lucie County's public schools.

4/17/2015

Gov. Steve Bullock awarded several Montana schools a special grant to help expand school breakfast programs. Nearly $60,000 in privately funded grants was given to 16 schools across the state. The funds are provided to help schools pay for equipment such as carts and kiosks.

4/17/2015

A measure to give additional funding to K12 education got bipartisan approval from the Senate Education Committee. With nearly 11,000 new students expected in the state system next year, the funding will amount to $269 more per student.

4/17/2015

Former Oakland, Calif., school superintendent Anthony Smith has been selected as Illinois's new superintendent of education. He replaces current Superintendent Christopher Koch, who is one of the longest serving state superintendents in the nation.

4/17/2015

Almost 600 of the 800 Illinois school districts will have $97 million in state funding restored after a budget deal brokered last month between Gov. Bruce Rauner and legislative leaders cut money for education, with about one-third going to Chicago schools and the rest scattered among the other districts.

4/17/2015

The Senate passed a bill designed to decriminalize school truancy. Texas is one of only two states that employ the criminal justice system to punish truancy.

4/17/2015

If state and federal governments want to improve education, it would be prudent to invest in early childhood education instead of spending huge sums of money developing standardized tests that are putting increasing pressure on school districts in the state with little result.

4/17/2015

Unless empirical studies confirm a sound relationship between performance on Vermont's Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium test and critical and valued life outcomes (college and career-ready), test results should not be used to make consequential funding judgments about schools and students.

4/17/2015

Charter school lotteries are fixed. Even when operators entice lottery participation, voluntary entry skews the composition of charter populations. Charter lotteries should instead include every student within a district or zone. Such a fix would maintain the power of school choice while providing all the opportunity to make that choice.

4/17/2015

The enhanced MimioProjector 280 line from Mimio now offers educators three options: the conventional non-interactive 280 model, the pen-based interactive 280I model and the new touch-enabled 280T model. The 280I allows for the simultaneous use of up to 10 simultaneous touch points.

4/17/2015

WIN Learning, developers of the WIN Career Readiness System, and Nepris, a cloud-based platform connecting STEAM professionals with teachers and their students, have entered into a strategic partnership. The first stage will focus on connecting teachers who are using the recently launched WIN Math program with Nepris’ industry professionals.

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