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7/7/2016

7/7/2016

Officials are preparing to ask the Portland City Council to enact mandatory earthquake retrofitting standards, under which Portland Public Schools could face a 10-year deadline to perform substantial seismic strengthening. As a result, the district is looking at how to pay for safety improvements at the 20 schools at greatest risk.

7/6/2016

7/6/2016

Currently, children living below the poverty line, children in the foster care system and the children of military families are eligible for public pre-K. We will spend far less on remediation of students in elementary and secondary grades, and even at the college level, if the program is expanded for more students to start out on grade level and stay there.

7/6/2016

School districts across the country are adopting grading practices that make it more difficult for students to flunk classes, that give students opportunities to retake exams or turn in late work, and that discourage or prohibit teachers from giving out zeroes.

7/6/2016

Cree is expanding its ZR LED troffer portfolio with the introduction of the new Cree ZR FD LED Series, a commercial spec-grade troffer that delivers up to 60 percent energy savings over fluorescent troffers. The troffer provides longevity with a 75,000-hour lifetime and payback in less than two years.

7/6/2016

Researchers found that teachers who are least confident about education technology tend to work in high-poverty and urban schools. Does this add another layer to the digital divide for students of color?

7/6/2016

Gov. Rick Snyder will appeal to the Michigan Supreme Court the ordered return of more than $550 million collected from school employees to fund retiree health care, despite Attorney General Bill Schuette's refusal to provide state attorneys to fight the case.

7/6/2016

The state will divvy up more than $116 million among 578 school districts and charter schools to bolster high-quality pre-K programs. The funding will reach nearly half of the state's more than 1,200 school districts and charters.

7/6/2016

Teaching and learning, ostensibly the core functions of schools and school districts, are now just one among many important things we expect them to do. Why we do expect school districts to be great at complicated work like transportation and food as well as teaching?

7/6/2016

While clever marketing can steer kids towards junk food, a new study shows that creative advertising in schools can also prompt more kids to eat veggies.

7/6/2016

A dispute over the state’s parent trigger law and control of a Los Angeles elementary school were resolved in a settlement with LAUSD and a group representing parents. Under the pact, operations at 20th Street Elementary School will be turned over to the nonprofit Partnership for Los Angeles Schools this fall.

7/6/2016

All too often, financial interests and considerations drive education policies, practices and quality. We have built schools that are too large and feel more like places of teaching and testing than learning communities for students.

7/6/2016

School buses in Alabama may soon install exterior cameras to monitor for traffic violators. A new state law that took effect July 1 gives school districts the option of installing cameras. The goal is to track down drivers who blow past stop sign arms on school buses.

7/6/2016

Hermiston School District in Oregon has expanded its use of the Fast ForWord online reading intervention to all schools districtwide after two pilot schools saw average reading gains of one year in just 64 days of using the program.

7/5/2016

7/5/2016

The recently launched academic networking platform, ileumi, provides a forum to network, mentor and discuss ideas in private groups. Topics discussed could range from questions around the college application process to specific questions about a program, campus life and career opportunities.

7/5/2016

For high school sports in Florida, summer is the peak of "transfer" season. While such transfers are nothing new, their numbers and frequency could soon be on the rise. Beginning in fall 2017, the state will move to an open enrollment process, meaning students can attend or transfer to any public school in the state, regardless of zoning boundaries.

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