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1/20/2016

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.

1/19/2016

1/19/2016

After considering how best to create an inclusive academic calendar—either by removing all but state-mandated public school holidays or by recognizing additional holidays—the Howard County Board of Education has voted to close schools for students on a Muslim and a Hindu holiday, for the first time in the school system's history.

1/19/2016

More than $3,000 of every Detroit Public Schools student's $7,100 grant -- nearly 40 percent -- goes to debt repayment as part of the district's new bailout package. However, teacher union leaders are withholding support because the new district will start with an appointed board first rather than the desired elected board.

1/19/2016

Christopher Malone, assistant superintendent of the Revere Public Schools, will be the next leader of Tewksbury's public schools. He will succeed current Superintendent John O'Connor, who will leave Tewksbury when his contract expires at the end of the school year.

1/19/2016

A new report documents that the state's charter schools are hypersegregated by race and income and disproportionately serve white middle-class children. The State Board of Education’s decision to reject the report as “too negative” should be confirmation that charter school backers are less interested in all students have equal access to a sound basic education.

1/19/2016

A bipartisan Senate bill would revise healthier meal standards put into place over the last few years to give schools more flexibility in what they serve the nation’s schoolchildren, easing requirements on whole grains and delaying an upcoming deadline to cut sodium levels on the lunch line.

1/19/2016

A bill speeding through the legislature that would give schools relief from last year’s drop in ISTEP scores won’t offer much protection for the state’s most struggling schools. Senate Bill 200 would shield most schools from serious consequences by barring officials from assigning grades that are lower than the previous year.

1/19/2016

Lost in all of the discussion about new graduation numbers is recognition that graduation rates for students with disabilities remain abysmal. Across the United States, 63 percent of students with disabilities graduated from high school in 2014—a rate of graduation roughly 20 percent lower than the national average.

1/19/2016

When it is a staff member who does the bullying, to whom does the student turn for protection? Should a similar requirement to those applied to police taking a minor into custody apply to school personnel intending to question a student about a non-emergency matter when the questioning may result in sanctions against the student?

1/19/2016

A signature is something most people know how to do, but is it something that future generations might not? Cursive writing is getting less attention in schools but one lawmaker in Indiana is trying to change that with a bill to make cursive mandatory in schools.

1/19/2016

John Scholl, the Arizona district's director of support services, will take over as superintendent on July 1. He will be replacing retiring Chino Valley USD Superintendent Duane Howard.

1/19/2016

Three new districts have signed on with the K12 school administrative software company to provide them with a student information system. MSD of Wayne Township, Lake Central and Wawasee recently implemented Skyward’s Student Management Suite.

1/19/2016

Samsung Electronics America and Neverware, a Google for Education partner, will offer a bundle which combines Samsung's new Chromebook 3 devices, CloudReady licenses and Google Management Licenses. The partnership will speed adoption of one-to-one learning and help leverage existing hardware in school districts.

1/19/2016

Data show 88.9 percent of the state's students graduated from high school in 2015. That’s down from the previous year’s graduation rate of almost 90 percent, according to the Indiana Department of Education.

1/19/2016

Educators, parents, school board members and state legislators have been calling for an end to the state's Gap Elimination Adjustment. And Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo joined the chorus last week calling for its end. But he wants to do it over the next two years.

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