Industry News

8/29/2014

8/29/2014

Compton Unified School District board passed a policy in July allowing school police officers to carry AR-15 rifles. NAACP members and parents called the action excessive and unnecessary and demanded the school board rescind the policy at least until parents had voiced their concerns.

8/29/2014

Schools offer an education that is too precious to be surrendered to those with no understanding of learning's ultimate meaning and value. They believe that its efficacy can somehow be measured in numbers. A school is not about teaching subjects for testing, but about teaching children subjects.

8/29/2014

In a report called “State of School Nutrition 2014,” the School Nutrition Association reported that 63 percent of school districts report offering salad or produce bars, while 69 percent offer pre-packaged salads. The survey also found that 52 percent of districts surveyed serve locally sourced fruits and vegetables.

8/29/2014

The U.S. Department of Education stripped Oklahoma of the authority to decide how to spend $29 million in education funding because the state abandoned Common Core standards. According to the administration, the No Child Left Behind Act-related sanctions are being imposed because the state could no longer demonstrate that its school standards were preparing students for college and careers.

8/29/2014

Fayetteville-Manlius School Superintendent Corliss Kaiser announced that she will retire at the end of the 2014-2015 school year. Kaiser has spent 46 years working in education, including 10 as the district's superintendent.

8/29/2014

Victor Shandor, with more than 20 years of experience in public education, will take over as the new superintendent of York County School Division on November 1. The division has been without a permanent superintendent since July 1 when Eric Williams stepped down to take the top spot at Loudon County Public Schools.

8/29/2014

Sam Watkins, who served as the principal at Peru Junior High School for 13 years, became the new superintendent of Peru Community Schools. He replaces former superintendent Chuck Brimbury, who announced in June he wanted to resign.

8/29/2014

Truenorthlogic, a talent management company for K12 school districts and state departments, has joined the Digital Learning Alliance to promote personalized education through technology and education reform.

8/29/2014

SchoolReach and COPA have partnered to provide early childhood program administrators with a method of efficienctly communicating with parents, including rapidly sent voice, text, email and social media messages to students’ family members about any issue.

8/29/2014

Out of the 944 Connecticut public schools graded by the Connecticut Coalition for Achievement Now, 63 schools across the state have received failing grades in a new report card project issued by the organization.

8/28/2014

8/28/2014

Discovery Education's Social Studies Techbook series, a digital solution that replaces traditional textbooks and features standards-based digital content and resources, will be used by several new districts this school year, including Alabama’s Baldwin County Public Schools, Arizona’s Sunnyside Unified School District and Colorado’s Garfield School District No. Re-2, among others.

8/28/2014

McGraw-Hill Education has developed a suite of adaptive learning products that includes SmartBook, an adaptive reading program powered by LearnSmart adaptive technology for both the K12 market and for higher education.

8/28/2014

App Partner has completed the iOS programming for the new NGAkids Art Zone app for iPad. The app was produced in collaboration with Protozone, Inc. and the National Gallery of Art in Washington. The art-inspired app is for children between the ages of nine and eleven with interactive activities, a sketchbook for freehand drawing and a personal exhibition space.

8/28/2014

West Ada School District’s attempt to ease overcrowding with new schools failed to get the two-thirds majority needed for passage with low voter turnout. The district had planned for three new schools and a high school upgrade to take care of the influx of students in the area.

8/28/2014

Louisiana's high-profile school voucher program made a C on a national report card. The report by the Center for Education Reform faulted Louisiana for imposing "excessively burdensome" financial requirements and state tests on schools, and for restricting eligibility to low-income students from low-performing school systems.

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