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12/9/2014

12/9/2014

The Palm Beach County school system is contemplating replacing letter grades with something more soft and nuanced. Depriving parents of a clear way to assess their child’s progress does no good for anyone, and sparing a child the indignity of a bad grade deprives him of the opportunity to learn at an early age how to deal with life’s demands and disappointments.

12/9/2014

The Pennsylvania district tapped Randy Ziegenfuss to serve as its next superintendent. He currently serves as Salisbury's assistant superintendent for teaching and learning. Before taking on that position in 2012, he spent six years as the district director of data and technology.

12/9/2014

Steve Gast's resignation as the top school leader of the Alaska school district has been accepted by the Nome Board of Education.

12/9/2014

A state rule requires superintendents to verify and approve school data before they submit the information to the state. Last school year, only 37 percent of districts and charter schools statewide signed off on the data submission at the end of the school year that gets translated into school report cards.

12/9/2014

Cazenovia parents in New York are questioning the need for the decades-old practice of letting children out of school to attend weekly religious education classes. In addition to being unfair to the children left behind with no enrichment activities, they say it is unnecessary with religious programs offered during non-school times.

12/9/2014

More West Virginia students failed to hit proficiency marks in the 2013-14 school year, according to the Westest standardized test scores. Fifty-eight percent of students in grades 3 through 8 and 11 failed to show proficiency in math.

12/9/2014

One Seattle elementary school could end up losing part of its playground for more portables to add more instructional space if the district's zoning change request is approved. The Parents for Playgrounds and Proper Planning group objects to the proposed 45 percent building lot coverage and the reduced available play space for students.

12/9/2014

Ohio education officials are offering up $10 million for a new school mentorship program. Community organizations, faith-based groups and businesses are asked to develop partnerships encouraging mentorship in Ohio's public schools and giving more students access to role models.

12/9/2014

ETS recently launched the GACE Teacher Leadership assessment, which measures the leadership roles that teachers play in contributing to student and school success. Its six task-specific rubrics address specific standards within the Georgia Teacher Leadership Program Standards.

12/8/2014

12/8/2014

The growing number of charter schools — which are attracting more and more students — is prompting the Broward school district to get creative. The district is adding more innovative programs to its ranks to better compete.

12/8/2014

Students at 3 Philadelphia high schools staged what have become known as "die-ins" to protest the grand jury decisions in Ferguson and New York City.

12/8/2014

The American school system today is an offshoot of an increasingly class-driven society.

12/8/2014

Of the eight large cities surveyed, only Philadelphia parents had a lower opinion of school progress than Cleveland parents, with even Detroit residents more likely to believe schools there are improving than here.

12/8/2014

Maricopa USD implemented the Skills Behavior Intervention Plan Builder. The program is designed to address challenging behaviors commonly displayed by individuals with autism spectrum disorder and other developmental and behavioral disorders.

12/8/2014

Nearly a third of all children in Mississippi are food insecure, according to a report by Feeding America. Teachers, administrators and staffers sometimes have to step in to make sure students get the food they need.

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