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7/14/2016

7/14/2016

The legal battle over desegregating public schools in Cleveland has dragged on for more than five decades. And it appears that it isn’t going to end anytime soon, with the school district saying that it will appeal a recent federal court order to desegregate its middle schools and high schools.

7/14/2016

While Missouri currently allows public schools to outsource just about everything, it does not extend that opportunity to parents. Parents should be given the opportunity, through vouchers or tax credit scholarships, to enter into the educational marketplace and contract with the school that is going to best meet their child’s needs.

7/14/2016

The Arizona State Board of Education has opted to use Scientific Learning’s neuroscience-based reading and literacy interventions to provide language development and literacy interventions to K6 English language learners. Schools participating in the pilot program will implement Build English Fast this fall.

7/14/2016

A lawsuit filed against Albuquerque Public Schools may halt upgrades and construction that the district desperately needs. The suit alleges that the school district and a local community college failed to tell voters what kind of projects the bonded money they were voting for or against would go toward.

7/13/2016

7/13/2016

While schools tend to treat academics and discipline as two siloed areas, in reality the boundaries are more porous. Educators working to transform their instructional approaches might be simultaneously undermining the message that they believe kids can solve problems, learn from mistakes and be productive every time a behavior issues arises.

7/13/2016

In its first response to a funding lawsuit filed last year by Shelby County Schools, the state is denying that its funding model is the cause of financial struggles faced by Tennessee’s largest school district. The filing marks the next step in a legal process expected to take years.

7/13/2016

Wyoming high school students will now be able to pass a course assessment in lieu of receiving a passing grade as part of a number of changes the State Board of Education has made to graduation requirements.

7/13/2016

Live Music Tutor, an online music platform that streams music lessons between instructors and students, completed a collaboration with the School District of Osceola County. The pilot program assess the effectiveness of online, interactive master classes and individual lessons to students in the Florida district's string programs.

7/13/2016

Schools will start reporting more data than ever before as the state merges with the federal Every Student Succeeds Act education accountability system. The additions include graduation rates, performance on tests, college and career readiness, and English language proficiency.

7/13/2016

Indiana’s largest teachers’ union says legislators should look at all school staff as they take steps to reduce sexual misconduct in schools. The legislature created the committee after a recent string of high-profile sexual misconduct cases involving school staff.

7/13/2016

Those who exploit the sick time benefit harm their students. A good approach would be to identify educators who have chronic attendance issues and closely monitor their absenteeism and performance. Increased oversight might help deter abuse, as would disciplinary policies that give school leaders the power to deal with habitual no-shows.

7/13/2016

The Flipped Learning Network is transitioning its organizational structure from an events and training company to a community-driven, facilitated network with continual professional development opportunities.

7/13/2016

The Southern Poverty Law Center is suing Mississippi over how it is funding charter schools, describing it as a unconstitutional scheme that diverts public tax dollars from traditional public schools. The lawsuit calls for the court to strike down the funding provisions of the Mississippi Charter School Act.

7/13/2016

The lack of interest in voting and lack of knowledge about our government is astounding. A part of the problem goes to back to high school civics—or the lack of it. Time was when civics was a big deal and lasted an entire semester. Now, the subject gets only a half semester with the other half the term going to economics.

7/13/2016

Bb Planner is a mobile student planning tool that enables students to explore degrees and careers and understand the financial, academic and career implications. Designed to complement Bb Planner, Blackboard Advise is a web-based advising tool offering insight into student plans and predictive analytics to help identify at-risk students.

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