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4/2/2015

4/2/2015

All but one of 12 defendants charged with racketeering and other crimes in the Atlanta Public Schools cheating scandal were convicted. In 2013, a Fulton County grand jury indicted 35 educators from the district, including principals, teachers and testing coordinators. More than 20 former school system employees previously took a plea deal.

4/2/2015

If building new schools is the priority, the new projects should not be subjected to green standards. Increasing construction costs to build schools that, at best, save only nominal energy and financial savings is not merely imprudent but also a waste of taxpayer money.

4/2/2015

A bill to suspend the state’s longstanding policy of helping local municipalities pay for school construction bonds passed the Senate. In addition to putting the school bond reimbursement program on hold for five years, Senate Bill 64 lowers the reimbursement level to 40 to 50 percent when it returns.

4/1/2015

4/1/2015

Home to a large amount of scientists and engineers per square mile, New Jersey is committed to finding 6,000 mentors over the next three years to encourage more high school girls to consider STEM studies in college.

4/1/2015

Staff and students of New Jersey's Swedesboro-Woolwich district were unable to access computer programs, files and other network-related services for several days due to a ransomware malware attack. The attack has interfered not only with day-to-day academic activities, but also district email servers and the statewide PARCC test.

4/1/2015

Given the advancement of touch-screen technologies in tablets and computers, the State Senate passed a bill to strengthen the 2012 Alabama Ahead Act dropping a requirement that devices come with electronic pens. This move should clear the way to replacing textbooks with tablets and laptops.

4/1/2015

Nine out of 10 students recognize the importance of developing technology skills early to ensure they are prepared to enter the workforce, according to new research published by CompTIA.

4/1/2015

Landlines are out and internet-based phones are in for many schools this year, as the modernized E-rate program begins scaling back funds for traditional phone service.

4/1/2015

When it can be conclusively proven that technology within schools aids in meeting educational objectives, it will become easier to charter effective district technology plans, budgeting and education reforms. Such educational reforms will require meticulous planning and long-term vision to have a sustained impact.

4/1/2015

Ross Local School District in Ohio has selected icurio to target digital resources to meet individual student needs as a key component of the district's 1:1 Personalized Learning Initiative.

4/1/2015

We need to make studying abroad in high school more accessible for all students. A global economy demands global students. We need people who can be at home in different lands and cultures. A high school year abroad is also a quick way to discover just how ignorant you are. As such, it's the door to a lifetime of learning and discovery.

4/1/2015

The House voted to pump $7.255 billion into the state school funding formula in the next two school years. The 9 percent increase offers enough money to cover the costs of expanding kindergarten from half-day to full-day plus provide about $100 more per student next school year.

4/1/2015

Where Gov. Larry Hogan's original charter school expansion bill sought to make it easier to open more charter schools and give them greater flexibility in hiring, firing and funding, the amended version passed by a Senate panel only allows the state's existing successful charter schools to get slightly more flexibility.

4/1/2015

Following a years-long trend toward fewer arrests and suspensions in New York City public schools, arrests for the first 110 days of the current school year are down 16 percent from the previous year and suspensions are down 10 percent.

4/1/2015

School districts got their first look at state aid projections this week — months later than normal   with many districts seeing increases above 10 percent.

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