Industry News

5/22/2015

5/22/2015

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt launched a new online Developer Portal, in which education technology developers, designers and educators can leverage newly-exposed Houghton Mifflin Harcourt APIs to create learning applications. To mark the launch, the company will host Curious Codefest, a 24-hour developer challenge.

5/22/2015

Erin MacGregor, Plymouth Canton Community Schools assistant superintendent of teaching and learning, has been offered the superintendent’s job at Howell Public Schools. MacGregor has served the Plymouth-Canton district for 15 years.

5/22/2015

As a new feature in its K12 web-based personalized learning application, Dynamic Schedule gives students more choice while reducing the amount of time teachers spend scheduling flexible environments.

5/22/2015

The $6.1 million spent campaigning for three seats on the LAUSD's school board ended in a wash. Both the teachers union and its adversary, groups advocating for charter schools, were successful in their efforts to elect challengers, while losing incumbents they had hoped to re-elect.

5/22/2015

District leaders are holding public meetings to discuss allocating funds using student-based budgeting (SBB). One advantage is that students with the same type of needs would get the same amount of funding, no matter which school they attend. SBB budgeting can give building principals more flexibility to tailor resources to fit their schools.

5/22/2015

The state Education Department has rejected all 15 applications for new charter schools, including 12 in New York City, claiming they failed to meet academic standards. Charter-school advocates say the rejection of all the applicants was due to pro-teacher-union politics.

5/22/2015

The state Senate today passed a bill to reallocate proceeds from the county's 1-cent sales tax for road repairs, additional school funding and economic development in Jefferson County. Up to $18 million from a new sales tax fund will be allocated to public schools in the county based on attendance.

5/22/2015

This year, the legislative majority has continuously chosen to focus on strict adherence to a budget concept that leaves Alaska's schools underfunded and lacking any security going forward. Two-thirds of recently polled Alaskans want the Legislature to stop playing the legislative games each year with education funding.

5/22/2015

With tougher emissions standards looming and the constant pressure to save money, propane has become increasingly attractive as an alternative to traditional fossil fuels for some vehicles. Of the top 25 school bus markets, 19 have propane-fueled vehicles in their fleets.

5/22/2015

Nell K. Duke and Scholastic debuted Information in Action, a new professional development tool that guides teachers to use project-based instruction to help students become better readers and writers of informational text.

5/22/2015

The West Virginia county's board of education chose Bondy Shay Gibson as the new superintendent. In Henrico County, she was the deputy superintendent.

5/22/2015

After serving Visalia USD for eight years, current Redwood High School Principal Fernie Marroquin will next year transition into a superintendent position at Tulare's Oak Valley Union Elementary School District. Kerry Beauchaine, the current superintendent, is retiring after this school year.

5/22/2015

Sunburst Digital, Inc. and Parlor Labs partnered bring Ponder, a browser add-on and iOS app used to create micro-responses and annotations. Teachers and students are using Ponder to manage open-ended, self-directed learning across the internet, PDFs and videos.

5/22/2015

The Louisiana Senate approved a bill that would bar public and charter schools from suspending or expelling elementary school students for violating school uniform rules.

5/22/2015

After analyzing feedback from parents and others, the controversial new standardized test in Illinois will be streamlined to be shorter and easier to take next year. The two testing windows will be combined into one in addition to a reduction in the total test time.

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