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11/10/2014

11/10/2014

The rescue plan for struggling schools that Mayor Bill de Blasio unveiled on Monday needs to be fleshed out in greater detail before it can be fully appraised. But it is already clear that the plan — which involves giving failing schools support services and seeing how that turns out — might not be sufficient to remake the city’s lowest-achieving, most-dysfunctional schools.

11/10/2014

Google Play for Education has teamed up with Interstellar and Google Certified Teachers to launch a new program for middle and high school students to explore mathematical, scientific and literary concepts discussed in the Interstellar film. Over 20 lesson plans created by Google Certified Teachers are available.

11/10/2014

The de Blasio administration said on Friday that it would require the entire staff at two of New York City’s lowest performing schools to reapply for their jobs next year, the result of a deal with the teachers’ and principals’ union that came just before a state deadline.

11/10/2014

More than two years after the state took over Inglewood USD, the district is still struggling with fiscal and management problems, two state lawmakers have called for an audit of the state’s stewardship, and an investigation found that conditions at some schools are unsanitary, and in some cases unsafe.

11/10/2014

From 2003 through 2007, the district issued $1 billion worth of auction-rate securities, nearly all of it paired with complex derivative contracts called interest-rate swaps, in a bid to lower borrowing costs.

11/10/2014

Edgenuity debuted its new Online Learning and Digital Citizenship curriculum, which includes lessons on interacting with digital curriculum, understanding digital leadership and safety, practicing proper “netiquette,” dealing with online harassment and cyberbullying, and a range of other topics.

11/10/2014

More than half of Indiana’s schools were rated an A this year, a majority for the first time this decade.

11/10/2014

There is a growing number of so-called “teacher-led” schools operating across the country. With some 70 schools in existence, and another 20 on track to open in the next couple years, they function more like worker cooperatives than traditional top-down schools.

11/10/2014

A growing number of families nationwide are enrolling their children in immersion schools, where half to all the curriculum is taught in a language other than English. There are over 1,000 language immersion schools in the country.

11/10/2014

A lawsuit threatens to kill Washington’s push into charter schools before those schools can demonstrate what benefits they can provide for students and parents.

11/10/2014

A new bibliography maker for students, teachers, researchers and scholars has been released by Researchomatic. The citation generator can be accessed from Researchomatic’s website, without any charges.

11/7/2014

11/7/2014

The Buffalo School Board reached a settlement deal with the Charter Schools for Applied Technologies, saving the district from paying out more than $6 million in damages. In 2009, the district changed its transportation policy to save money and cut off bus transportation to the charter school.

11/7/2014

Amid concerns about how to find enough funding for the project, Seattle school leaders voted to turn down the chance to acquire a former Federal Reserve building and turn it into an elementary school. Although the land and building would have been free, the district would have been required to spend up to $53 million for remodeling.

11/7/2014

NYTimes.com In-School Access, a new digital subscription offering for K12 institutions, has been launched by The New York Times. The subscription offers full web access to NYtimes.com on any device within a school’s IP range, with no login required.

11/7/2014

The state's School Performance Profiles for the 2013-2014 school year show that 72 percent of public school buildings earned a score of 70 or higher, the same percentage as in 2012-2013. The percentage of schools earning a score below 60 fell by about 1 percent.

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