Industry News

3/30/2015

3/30/2015

As state and federal school funding sources dry up in Illinois, school districts are having to tap into their reserves and borrow more, despite significant cost-cutting measures taken in recent years, according to a new report by the Illinois State Board of Education.

3/30/2015

Lawmakers in Austin are now debating a bill that would provide school choice and educational freedom. Texas’ system for funding schools is antiquated with two different mechanisms allocating money based on complex formulas. It is difficult to enact true education reform when it’s unclear who is paying the bills.

3/30/2015

Heated debates over K12 school funding — which is the biggest line item in the state budget at almost $2.9 billion this fiscal year — appear to have stalled the progress of the Iowa Legislature's 2015 session. The lack of a deal on school funding levels means school districts can't develop their budgets for the next academic year.

3/30/2015

The Florida House approved a controversial proposal that could require school districts to share tens of millions of dollars in construction funds with rival charter schools.

3/30/2015

Lawmakers announced that they would come up with an extra $20 million for a handful of growing school districts to deal with serious overcrowding. Five school systems qualified for the extra dollars this year, but that could change during the next session, depending on individual construction needs.

3/30/2015

Parents at one elementary school are speaking out after a letter sent home with students called out some children for being overweight. After having their body mass index calculated in gym class, the letter the students received listed their current and past BMI and whether the current number fell below, within or above what’s considered “healthy” range.

3/30/2015

A new business intelligence and data analytics platform, 5Sight, is being introduced by Forecast5 Analytics, Inc. to the California public education market. 5Sight enables school administrators to review historical trend data and compare performance metrics for finance, human resources, academic achievement and other school operations.

3/30/2015

The National Shooting Sports Foundation debuted How to Talk to Your Kids about Firearm Safety. The a new educational video, starring champion shooter and mother Julie Golob, was created as a resource to start positive and constructive conversations about firearm safety and help responsibly demystify the subject of guns.

3/30/2015

Parents with special-needs kids in Mississippi could soon use government vouchers to send them to religious academic institutions or secular schools, under a new bill approved by the state Legislature. Critics, however, say the bill is unconstitutional because it conflicts with the separation between church and state.

3/30/2015

A bill passed in the Tennessee House that temporarily would alter the amount that student test score growth impacts teacher evaluations as the state transitions to its new assessment, called TNReady. But first, lawmakers debated the merits of a system that grades teachers based on scores in subjects they don’t teach.

3/30/2015

Let teachers teach. Let school districts' time and financial resources now squandered on testing mania be put to true educational use. Let standardized tests resume their rightful role. And let's return decisions about education to professional educators.

3/30/2015

One of the assertions of the charter movement is that public school tax dollars, once collected, should be attached to the child. But the taxpayers who handed over that money and the community that collected it have an interest in making sure that it's spent in a way that serves the community's greater good with an all-inclusive, community-based, taxpayer-controlled educational system.

3/27/2015

3/27/2015

The Texas bill would create a $100 million private school tuition program that would let lower-income students attend private or religious schools. Funding would come through donations by businesses, who would in turn receive credits on their state business taxes.

3/27/2015

An amendment to an Indiana bill designed to overhaul the state’s process to try to improve schools that consistently rate a D or F removed a section that would have empowered the state to takeover entire school districts, not just individual schools.

3/27/2015

For the second year in a row, the state legislature is reviewing a bill that would enable parents to initiate major reforms at a low-performing public school. The bill would enable parents of students enrolled in a public school in the bottom 10 percent to petition their local school board to reform their school.

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