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8/14/2015

8/14/2015

A local Tennessee school district is taking steps towards increasing students and teachers access to health care. Using a telemedicine computer system, students as well as teachers and other staff members interact with a doctor or nurse practitioner online when needed.

8/14/2015

Brent Lowe, currently the assistant superintendent of Pulaski County schools, has been named as the Georgia district's school superintendent. Lowe will fill the job last held on a permanent basis by Superintendent John Douglas, who retired after eight years.

8/14/2015

BlacKnight Cyber Security International's content will be incorporated into Knowledge Factor's amplifire learning software to launch a new learning tool designed to help organizations mitigate their risk of cyber attack.

8/14/2015

Gov. Jay Inslee should work with Washington state's legislative leaders to hatch a plan and then reconvene the full Legislature in a special session. Lawmakers must also set aside partisanship and ideology to find a sustainable new education-funding model.

8/14/2015

Should school board members be able to drop into district schools unannounced? The Pennsylvania district's school board is grappling with whether elected school directors should be treated like members of the general public or if they're a different category of visitor.

8/14/2015

The online library now features resources aligned to all Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills standards. With this additional content, Texas' more than 300,000 K12 teachers can link assessment to instruction to accelerate their students’ progress toward TEKS standards.

8/14/2015

In an attempt to fix the criminal justice system, we need to incorporate more robust psychological support services in public school systems. Studies indicate that programs that provide mental health services have a significant impact on lowering crime, improving academic performance and boosting economic growth.

8/14/2015

Kent Paredes Scribner, superintendent of the 26,000-student Phoenix Union High School District, is the sole finalist for superintendent of the 85,000-student Texas school district. Scribner has led Arizona’s largest high school district since 2008.

8/14/2015

If school district leaders don’t fix failing schools, the state may strip their authority under a new law effective September 1. The new law sets deadlines for each step in a new reform process and allows the Texas education commissioner to install a board of managers replacing district leaders who fail to fix underperforming campuses.

8/14/2015

The state is awarding a nearly $51.5 million, four-year contract for CTB/McGraw-Hill to develop, administer, score and report the standardized tests that Nevada's public school students take every year. The state dumped its previous contractor earlier this year following a series of computer glitches that plagued the system.

8/14/2015

With public trust in law enforcement plummeting, some believe the growth of police in schools can help restore confidence. Critics, however, are concerned that in addition to offering a deterrent to school shootings—which are extremely rare—the officers too often assume the role of school disciplinarian.

8/14/2015

The Pennsylvania district's school board named Assistant Superintendent David Zupsic to superintendent and formally accepted the resignation of Superintendent Michael Leitera. Leitera will return to the Mohawk School District in Lawrence County as superintendent.

8/14/2015

Schools in 11 school districts will receive $14 million in state grants to pay for at least 300 hours of additional learning time in each school. That time may be filled with more classroom instruction, enrichment opportunities for students, additional professional development for educators or a combination of these activities.

8/14/2015

Lightbox is an interactive, multi-dimensional interface to help pre-K through 12 teachers improve student engagement, comprehension, vocabulary and literacy development with audio, video, activity, slideshow, quiz and other components on specific topics.

8/14/2015

The U.S. Department of Education is giving $28.4 million in grants to 38 states, Washington, D.C. and the Virgin Islands to reduce costs of advanced placement exams for low-income students. Some students could pay as little as $12 for an exam. Without the grants, some tests cost nearly $100.

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