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5/10/2016

5/10/2016

The Texas state official called for the resignation of Fort Worth ISD Superintendent Kent Scribner over new transgender guidelines. Transgender students are allowed to use the sex of the bathroom they identify with when no other students are present. In addition, they are allowed to play sports in the gender they identify with.

5/10/2016

Andrew and Easton Valley school districts have hired a Des Moines educator as their new superintendent. Chris Fee is currently a principal at Oak Park Elementary School in the Des Moines Public School District. He will replace Andy Crozier, who is leaving to go to Iowa's Central Lee School District.

5/10/2016

When children view their abilities as something they can change over time, they're more apt to deal well with challenges, researchers say. And what parents say can help or hurt.

5/10/2016

Advocates are calling on state lawmakers to enact legislation requiring schools to test for lead contamination in water and also provide funding to assist schools in paying for the testing and remediation process.

5/10/2016

Greenwich Superintendent of Schools William McKersie, who has led the district since 2012, was voted in by Weston Board of Education members as their district’s next schools chief. McKersie replaces Superintendent Colleen Palmer, who is stepping down to become the superintendent in Westport.

5/10/2016

The district’s decision to pump $20 million into a program that focuses on boosting the academic achievements of minority males is under fire in a new study, which argues that minority females are similarly lagging far behind their white counterparts.

5/10/2016

With the newly launched MindPlay Literacy program, students can benefit from the integration of the flagship MindPlay Virtual Reading Coach with the MindPlay Diagnostic Universal Screener, and MindPlay Fluency focusing on fluency and comprehension instruction. MindPlay Literacy also provides professional development to support reading instruction for helping dyslexic students.

5/10/2016

The Kansas Supreme Court will hear arguments this week in an ongoing lawsuit over school funding. At issue is whether lawmakers have complied with a previous ruling and made funding more equitable between school districts. The court has threatened to close schools if the issue isn’t fixed.

5/10/2016

Robert Bravo was named as the top leader for the California district, overseeing high schools serving students from Campbell, Saratoga and San Jose. He was recently the director of construction services for the Dallas ISD and was an area superintendent in the Los Angeles USD.

5/10/2016

Accelerate Learning has enhanced its STEMscopes NGSS (Next Generation Science Standards) product with several new resources designed to deepen student engagement. Among the new additions is Science Today, a collection of resources from the Associated Press that provides current news and discoveries.

5/10/2016

Pennsylvania upped classroom spending by $200 million and used a new formula to distribute $150 million of it. However, other ways to attack inequity failed. The Legislature shied away from reducing aid to school districts that, over the past couple decades, got state funding that would have gone elsewhere under the new formula.

5/10/2016

The schools will keep the flexibility and autonomy, particularly over hiring and teaching, that have made charters most unlike traditional public schools. But the board becomes manager and regulator, making sure schools abide by policies meant to ensure equity and provide broad services, like managing the cost of particularly expensive special education students.

5/10/2016

Breaking with past tradition, a representative from Gov. John Kasich's office will not sit in on the interviews for a new state schools superintendent. Although representatives from Gov. John Kasich and his three predecessors did not get to vote, they have all asked questions of candidates and deliberated with the 19-member board.

5/10/2016

SmartCast Manager is a new software that maximizes the energy savings of SmartCast Power Over Ethernet (PoE) with a one-button setup that has the power to commission an entire building with one keystroke. The data gathered also tracks crowd locations in case of an emergency, HVAC system usage and data for energy efficient applications.

5/10/2016

State lawmakers are sorely missing the mark with a bill that would give public schools the option of displaying the motto “In God We Trust.” Public schools need not be sanitized of any discussion of religion, intertwined with cultural history, civilization and literature. Yet faith is personal, and public schools serve children of all backgrounds.

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