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1/21/2016

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.

1/21/2016

Currently the owner of the creator of Minecraft, Microsoft has now also acquired MinecraftEdu, a modified version of Minecraft tailored for use in schools. It is being used in over 7,000 classrooms in more than 40 countries.

1/21/2016

A special legislative committee voted to issue a final report that calls for revamping the way Kansas funds public schools, focusing more on student outcomes and tightening state controls over how districts can issue bonds.

1/21/2016

Community Unit District 300 is considering borrowing more than $31 million for additions at four schools, other repairs and rehabilitation projects. The Algonquin-based district is applying for the ability to issue debt through the state's Qualified School Construction Bond program.

1/21/2016

Tuesday’s threats of violence--which affected dozens of schools in Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, Iowa, Pennsylvania and Massachusetts--were just the latest in a rash of threats against U.S. schools in recent weeks. It’s not clear whether schools are actually receiving more threats or whether it just feels that way.

1/21/2016

The classroom audio platform's three new systems conquer distance and noise, deliver speech clarity to the whole class, and provide two-way communications between teachers and students.

1/21/2016

A school voucher plan for Tennessee made its way out of a House budget subcommittee, signaling a first for this type of voucher program and helping clear a major obstacle for the legislation.

1/21/2016

The Frederick County Council is considering significantly increasing impact fees-which go toward defraying the costs of new school and library construction-and mitigation fees, which are paid only by developers that build homes near already overcrowded schools.

1/21/2016

For schools, the move to digital has consequences for student and parent privacy. With the best of intentions, many schools waste no time setting up social media accounts—sometimes without the oversight of routine policy checklists and often without fully recognizing that a fundamental shift in outreach is taking place.

1/21/2016

The bill the Senate committee passed will give schools much of the flexibility they've been asking for. Schools will get more leeway in transitioning to whole grain products and two additional years to meet new lower-sodium targets.

1/21/2016

Illinois' two top Republican legislators will introduce legislation soon to let the state take over the cash-strapped Chicago public school system, permit the district to file for municipal bankruptcy, and eventually allow for city-wide school board elections.

1/21/2016

To get the most student buy-in on whatever campaign for change a school seeks, the most well-connected kids — as identified by the students — need to take the lead in delivering the message. When trying to figure out how best to convey the campaign message, school leaders must look to these students to create it.

1/21/2016

High school math curriculum is ultimately flawed. A typical high school graduate lacks the essential knowledge to pay bills, manage savings and implement a budget. An equal amount of time should be dedicated to teaching practical applications of mathematics in conjunction with “normal” classroom concepts.

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.

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