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4/2/2015

4/2/2015

Even though the bill survived a House vote, debates continues on the overall education bill, which would require the state's nearly 300 school districts to study merging with their nearby counterparts to become larger districts of at least 1,100 students.

4/2/2015

Scholastic published The Holocaust: The Story of Nazi Persecution and the Impact of Hate on Humanity, a nonfiction reader for grades 7-10 that covers the timeline, history, participants and impact of the Holocaust.

4/2/2015

The statewide high school graduation rate surpassed 90 percent last year, according to data released by the Iowa Department of Education. Cedar Rapids schools had the largest increase in four-year graduation rate among the state's 10 largest school districts.

4/2/2015

The state Charter School Commission outlined a new issue with Seattle's First Place Scholars involving the school taking money from the state to provide special academic help to English language learners but failing to provide the services.

4/2/2015

All but one of 12 defendants charged with racketeering and other crimes in the Atlanta Public Schools cheating scandal were convicted. In 2013, a Fulton County grand jury indicted 35 educators from the district, including principals, teachers and testing coordinators. More than 20 former school system employees previously took a plea deal.

4/2/2015

A bill that will help counties and local school systems levy fines against drivers who pass stopped school buses passed the Senate Education Committee. Senate Bill 298 would allow a $500 fine to be levied on the owner of a vehicle caught on camera passing a school bus.

4/2/2015

A bill to suspend the state’s longstanding policy of helping local municipalities pay for school construction bonds passed the Senate. In addition to putting the school bond reimbursement program on hold for five years, Senate Bill 64 lowers the reimbursement level to 40 to 50 percent when it returns.

4/2/2015

If building new schools is the priority, the new projects should not be subjected to green standards. Increasing construction costs to build schools that, at best, save only nominal energy and financial savings is not merely imprudent but also a waste of taxpayer money.

4/2/2015

Most teachers have been unfairly indicted for poor student performance, failing schools and low test scores. We cannot ignore the effects of poverty and the lack of high-quality early childhood education investment. To recruit great teachers, we also need to reject the status quo by significantly increasing teacher compensation.

4/2/2015

FileWave v9.0 has added new data management updates such as Dashboard and Imaging v3. FileWave has added a new classroom management tool called Engage, which includes features such as messaging, device mirroring and single app mode.

4/2/2015

ProCloud.EDU is a new wireless digital learning suite that offers increased functionality like capacity planning, cloud-managed Wi-Fi, content filtering and classroom management software.

4/2/2015

The U.S. Justice Department is investigating how the Texas county punishes kids for missing school, targeting what civil-rights advocates call the school-to-prison pipeline. The policies allegedly disproportionately rout certain children — primarily blacks and Latinos — out of class and into the juvenile justice system.

4/2/2015

Under the new budget, districts would see an increase of $1.3 billion this year and funding would not be linked explicitly to a new teacher evaluation system. However, the current teacher evaluation system will change, with many details being left to state education officials.

4/2/2015

Baltimore County and other high-growth suburban jurisdictions would receive $20 million in extra state money to alleviate school overcrowding. The aid is aimed at school systems with more than 300 portable classrooms over the past five years or with enrollment greater than 150 percent of the statewide average.

4/1/2015

4/1/2015

Schneider Electric is working with Alabama's Lawrence County Schools to implement an energy savings performance contract that will fund critical infrastructure renovations to improve the district’s energy efficiency. The project is expected to generate $11.7 million in energy savings over the next 20 years.

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