Industry News

4/3/2015

4/3/2015

Bridg-it School is an online school safety solution that addresses the full lifecycle of an incident, from reporting through resolution. It offers a resource center of curated content with restorative techniques that foster positive outcomes.

4/3/2015

Several Iowa school districts have begun pilot projects to install mobile wireless routers in their buses to see if providing on-board WiFi hotspots can help students get their homework completed during the long after-school commutes.

4/3/2015

A weeks-long legislative tussle over school funding levels for the 2015-2016 school year continues at the Capitol, where leaders remain locked in an ideological disagreement over budgetary practices.

4/3/2015

A steady decrease in the number of available substitute teachers across the state has many school districts getting creative with ways to recruit more temporary teachers, including more frequent interview events, increasing pay and offering substitute positions to student teachers already working in the district.

4/2/2015

4/2/2015

The U.S. Justice Department is investigating how the Texas county punishes kids for missing school, targeting what civil-rights advocates call the school-to-prison pipeline. The policies allegedly disproportionately rout certain children — primarily blacks and Latinos — out of class and into the juvenile justice system.

4/2/2015

Scholastic published The Holocaust: The Story of Nazi Persecution and the Impact of Hate on Humanity, a nonfiction reader for grades 7-10 that covers the timeline, history, participants and impact of the Holocaust.

4/2/2015

Most teachers have been unfairly indicted for poor student performance, failing schools and low test scores. We cannot ignore the effects of poverty and the lack of high-quality early childhood education investment. To recruit great teachers, we also need to reject the status quo by significantly increasing teacher compensation.

4/2/2015

FileWave v9.0 has added new data management updates such as Dashboard and Imaging v3. FileWave has added a new classroom management tool called Engage, which includes features such as messaging, device mirroring and single app mode.

4/2/2015

The statewide high school graduation rate surpassed 90 percent last year, according to data released by the Iowa Department of Education. Cedar Rapids schools had the largest increase in four-year graduation rate among the state's 10 largest school districts.

4/2/2015

Even though the bill survived a House vote, debates continues on the overall education bill, which would require the state's nearly 300 school districts to study merging with their nearby counterparts to become larger districts of at least 1,100 students.

4/2/2015

A bill that will help counties and local school systems levy fines against drivers who pass stopped school buses passed the Senate Education Committee. Senate Bill 298 would allow a $500 fine to be levied on the owner of a vehicle caught on camera passing a school bus.

4/2/2015

Under the new budget, districts would see an increase of $1.3 billion this year and funding would not be linked explicitly to a new teacher evaluation system. However, the current teacher evaluation system will change, with many details being left to state education officials.

4/2/2015

ProCloud.EDU is a new wireless digital learning suite that offers increased functionality like capacity planning, cloud-managed Wi-Fi, content filtering and classroom management software.

4/2/2015

Baltimore County and other high-growth suburban jurisdictions would receive $20 million in extra state money to alleviate school overcrowding. The aid is aimed at school systems with more than 300 portable classrooms over the past five years or with enrollment greater than 150 percent of the statewide average.

4/2/2015

The state Charter School Commission outlined a new issue with Seattle's First Place Scholars involving the school taking money from the state to provide special academic help to English language learners but failing to provide the services.

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