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10/2/2014

10/2/2014

With racial minorities still less likely than white students to have access to rigorous academic classes or experienced, qualified teachers, the Obama administration announce guidelines to ensure that strong teachers, high-level math and science courses, quality extracurricular programs, and equivalent technology and school facilities are available for all public school students.

10/2/2014

State officials approved $21.6 million in long-delayed school construction money, two years after the government froze the payment process for 360 projects statewide. The money, a small fraction of what the state owes, will fund buildings and renovations for 41 schools in 27 districts.

10/2/2014

SchoolDude unveiled CrisisManager, a new mobile safety platform. CrisisManager’s safety plans, accessible to individuals with or without a wi-Fi connection, are customizable based on an organization’s needs and/or scenario, such as severe weather, school delays/cancellations or violence.

10/2/2014

PBS LearningMedia unveiled a new suite of teacher tools, a student website and Spanish-language content. New productivity tools include a Lesson Builder, Storyboard tool and Quiz Maker while the PBS LearningMedia for Students website enables students to create customized resources.

10/2/2014

Minnesota's struggling schools are becoming more concentrated in the Twin Cities, according to the state's accountability data. Under a measure that combines test scores, graduation rates, student academic growth and the achievement gap between white students and students of color, Minneapolis and St. Paul saw an increase in the number of schools with low rankings.

10/2/2014

Louisiana's charter schools ranked as the second-strongest among 26 states in a report released by the National Association of Public Charter Schools. Washington, D.C. scored the highest, and Michigan was a close third.

10/2/2014

Low pay and tough new expectations for teachers have led to a shortage of qualified people willing to take jobs in Arizona's classrooms. With few resumes being submitted, some school districts are turning to hire teachers from overseas, especially from the Philippines.

10/2/2014

The Freedom from Religion Foundation has asked for Bible classes to immediately stop in elementary schools in the Rowan-Salisbury School System. But the Freedom from Religion Foundation said they received a complaint from a parent who said the Bible was being taught at Woodleaf Elementary and other schools as fact.

10/2/2014

Sioux Falls public school officials are starting to prepare for a spring vote that could force a later start date for students. The proposed changes would change the first day of classes back to the first Tuesday after Labor Day instead of starting in August.

10/2/2014

Omnilert introduced Omnilert Desktop Alerts, an extension of the company’s multimodal alerting system. The new add-on allows customers to quickly display alert messages directly to their alert recipients’ desktop or laptop computer screens.

10/2/2014

Software Answers, Inc. partnered with SRC Solutions, Inc. to streamline the student registration workflow and improve data accuracy for districts using both Software Answers' ProgressBook StudentInformation and SRC Solutions' Registration Gateway solutions.

10/2/2014

In a proactive move to conform with federal law, Minnesota is likely to join 32 other states and the NCAA in adopting guidelines for participation of transgender students in high school sports.

10/2/2014

The state’s school superintendents are calling on Florida lawmakers to take a reasoned approach to standardized tests. The superintendents want the state to slow down and exercise some caution as a number of significant changes are thrown at them, including a new standardized test to replace the FCAT.

10/2/2014

The panel formed to be a watchdog of Cleveland's school construction project is backing Issue 4, the school district's $200 million bond issue on the November ballot that will continue the project. The updated plans are to rebuild or significantly renovate 20 schools across the city and update up to 25 more.

10/2/2014

Voters in Lakewood, Manchester and Bay Head approved bond proposals in their respective school districts that are expected to result in more than $54 million in school upgrades.

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