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4/14/2016

4/14/2016

The state awarded a record $50.3 million in grants to conduct seismic safety upgrades on 41 schools. The amount exceeds all of the money the state has awarded for school seismic upgrades since the grant program started six years ago.

4/14/2016

A slew of bills that would have put new limitations on Louisiana charter schools failed to move past the House Education Committee. Among the legislation was HB 879, which would have prohibited for-profit operators of charter schools.

4/14/2016

Neuroscientists and psychologists are trying to develop a new way of thinking about intelligence, one that includes kids who don't always shine in the traditional system.

4/14/2016

A proposal to amend the Tennessee Constitution to give the state legislature more control—and the courts less of a say—in public school funding suffered a surprising loss when the Senate Education Committee declined to advance the proposal.

4/14/2016

States' anti-bullying laws should guide and require schools to implement interventions that truly address the causes and effects of bullying. If schools were to focus on effective early intervention for bullies instead of waiting to punish bullying behavior after the fact, we might see a decrease in bullying, suspensions and expulsions.

4/13/2016

4/13/2016

Accelerate Learning's new National Institute for STEM Education online learning platform offers a STEM certification program that helps districts transform into a STEM-focused campus or district. For teachers and educators, it certifies that individuals are incorporating 15 key teacher actions to create a STEM classroom of excellence.

4/13/2016

Building on its Etrieve platform, Softdocs has debuted Etrieve Forms. It enables school employees, students and parents to efficiently complete web-based electronic forms such as financial aid packets, employee applications, contracts and AP forms.

4/13/2016

Metro Nashville Public Schools will call for a halt on Achievement School District (ASD) takeovers of struggling schools, joining the Shelby County Schools Board in a similar request. The Metro school board approved a resolution that also asks the state to abolish the ASD and replace it with a turnaround model.

4/13/2016

State lawmakers, charged with reorganizing the Clark County School District, may recycle a school reform model that the Nevada Legislature abandoned during the economic crisis and state budget cuts. By 2018-19, all 357 schools in the district will adopt a so-called “empowerment” model that grants more autonomy at the campus level.

4/13/2016

When parents suffer depression, there can be a ripple effect on children. Kids may become anxious, even sad. There may be behavior problems. Health may suffer. Recently, a large Swedish study showed that grades may decline, too, when a parent is depressed.

4/13/2016

The Chicago Public Schools—grappling with financial problems and the threat of a teachers strike—got more bad news. The district stands to lose $74 million next year, under a proposal by Gov. Bruce Rauner. Rauner released figures showing how much state aid each district gains or loses under his education funding plan.

4/13/2016

In recent years, it has gotten easier for charter schools to create deliberately diverse classrooms by using weighted lottery system that favors disadvantaged students. But if students and teachers are not engaging in social justice issues or talking about issues of equity, these desegregated schools are a lost opportunity.

4/13/2016

Kingsburg Joint Union High School District's school board approved a new policy that allows up to five district employees—designated by the superintendent—to carry a concealed firearm on school grounds. Chosen employees' discipline record, evaluations and school conduct also will be considered.

4/13/2016

The Texas district adopted Skyward’s School Business Suite in January 2015 and recently transitioned to the company’s Student Management Suite. The adoption of the second product suite has allowed Duncanville ISD to fully integrate student and business management information.

4/13/2016

Given the higher risks of injuries school children may sustain in the event of an regular metro bus crash, it is important that several serious steps are taken preemptively. Introduction of seat belts, less loading of passengers, mandatory seating and strapping of school children in public buses should be immediately emphasized.

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