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1/21/2016

1/21/2016

Weld North Holdings LLC has acquired a control interest in Intellify Learning, a cloud-based platform that provides learning analytics and data management services to education providers, digital content and courseware publishers, service providers and learning delivery platforms.

1/21/2016

The state Senate approved a measure that aims to keep Washington’s charter schools open, despite a September court ruling that declared them unconstitutional. The proposal would pay for charter schools through state lottery revenues, instead of through tax revenues that feed the state’s general fund.

1/21/2016

The state Senate passed a measure to exempt school construction projects from a law requiring workers be paid the area’s prevailing construction wages. The vote was mostly—but not entirely—along party lines and the measure has passed the Republican Senate in previous years only to die in the Democratic controlled House.

1/21/2016

An attorney for the Detroit Public Schools has asked a judge to issue a restraining order and preliminary injunction to force teachers to stop sickouts and return to work. Nearly all of Detroit's public schools were closed Wednesday as many protesting teachers called in sick.

1/20/2016

1/20/2016

Next week, the Oklahoma State Board of Education will review the Oklahoma Academic Standards plan that could go into effect next school year if approved by the Legislature. The proposed plan will replace the Common Core academic plan that was repealed in 2014.

1/20/2016

Next fall, with enrollment expected to go up again and a state requirement to reduce class sizes in the early grades, Seattle Public Schools is eyeing some rooms now occupied by before- and after-school programs, preschools and other programs housed in school buildings — some of which have been operating there for decades.

1/20/2016

Turnitin's formative writing tool for grades 6-12 and developmental writing in higher education gives students immediate, actionable feedback on all aspects of student writing. The feedback emphasizes areas of strength, as well as suggestions for sentence-level improvements.

1/20/2016

School-age kids need an outlet that allows them to feel and release their emotions, rather than inflicting violence and their inherent pain on their community members. More schools should adopt meditation in an attempt to help their students focus not only on their cognitive intelligence, but also on their emotional IQs.

1/20/2016

While legislation released by the Senate Agriculture Committee would placate some schools that have complained the school meal rules are burdensome, it is greatly scaled back from an unsuccessful 2014 House Republican effort to allow some schools to opt out of the rules entirely. The panel is scheduled to vote on the measure.

1/20/2016

The cloud-based NaviGate Prepared school safety system's new drill log function offers real-time access from any web-authorized device to a school’s safety information to aid school administrators with the management and tracking of annual safety and training drills.

1/20/2016

Organizations allege abusive practices happen frequently in special education schools. California's education department needs to take a more proactive approach. A system to monitor and investigate abusive treatment of the state’s most vulnerable students is the absolute least that it must do.

1/20/2016

More than two dozen North Jersey schools were locked down or evacuated in response to a string of threatening phone calls Tuesday. The threats forced evacuations and school lockdowns, and prompted a large law enforcement response.

1/20/2016

ClassDojo and Stanford University's Project for Education Research That Scales are partnering to help students learn about "growth mindset" in their classrooms. The communication platform developed a five-part series of animated videos that will be available free to all teachers as part of ClassDojo's Big Ideas research series.

1/20/2016

The Maryland Board of Public Works is expected to vote to lift the ban on using state school construction money for window units and other portable air conditioners.

1/20/2016

A state senator is sponsoring a bill that would prohibit technology companies from using student data for commercial purposes—like targeted advertising—if that data was collected through educational technology used at school.

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