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5/10/2016

5/10/2016

State lawmakers are sorely missing the mark with a bill that would give public schools the option of displaying the motto “In God We Trust.” Public schools need not be sanitized of any discussion of religion, intertwined with cultural history, civilization and literature. Yet faith is personal, and public schools serve children of all backgrounds.

5/9/2016

5/9/2016

Twelve councilors sent a letter to Boston Public Schools blasting BPS for letting students drink water from fountains with unacceptable lead levels and calling for all drinking fountains at all 125 schools "be shut down immediately until all have been appropriately tested and deemed safe for students to drink."

5/9/2016

Marshall Cavendish Education, publisher of the Singapore Math curriculum, announced Math On, a new online math assessment program for grades 3-5 with more than 1,800 questions.

5/9/2016

Graduation rates have increased in Iowa for five years straight, according to data released by the Iowa Department of Education. The state has led the nation in recent years in high school graduation rates, and last year, Iowa became the first state with a rate average above 90 percent.

5/9/2016

The National Center for Education Statistics released a report that showed an overall decrease in crime at schools in the country. There were significant decreases in instances of bullying, harassment because of sexual orientation and violent crime at all levels of education, although some cautioned the apparent progress isn’t enough.

5/9/2016

Character is just as important as academics. Get your kids on board by letting play teacher and be flexible with lesson plans if they are not working. And remember that these kids are 5 years old and still figuring things out.

5/9/2016

Reactor Core developed the Standard Student Outcome Methodology, which allows coding bootcamps to report student outcomes in a standardized and verifiable manner.

5/9/2016

LearnBop for Families—custom built for students in grades 3-12 to use at home—is a personalized online math program for students and families seeking adaptive and self-paced support.

5/9/2016

Chicago's cash-strapped public school district is not in sufficiently bad financial shape to warrant a state takeover, according to an Illinois State Board of Education staff report. The board's recommendation undercuts a series of strident remarks made by Illinois' governor in January and February

5/9/2016

The Louisiana Legislature is ready to close a chapter in New Orleans and Hurricane Katrina history. Both the Senate and House have voted to reverse the 2005 state takeover of most of the city's public schools. By 2019, at the latest, 52 Recovery School District charters will move back to the oversight of the Orleans Parish School Board.

5/9/2016

In the teeth of a lot of local opposition, it looks like the new move toward even more school consolidation in Vermont is a done deal. In exchange for minimal savings, Vermont towns are giving up even more local control and losing the benefits of the close school-community interactions that small towns have enjoyed for so long.

5/9/2016

Voters in a North Texas school district have approved a bond issue that includes $50 million to build a 12,000-seat high school football stadium. The vote came on a $220 million bond issue for McKinney ISD.

5/9/2016

As the charter sector expands, many networks have had to move from hiring mostly experienced teachers to recruiting and training a large share of rookies. If state legislatures allowed charter operators to certify their own teachers, operators would have greater flexibility to recruit teachers who fit their mission and instructional approach.

5/6/2016

5/6/2016

The Baltimore City Board of School Commissioners is replacing CEO Gregory Thornton with Sonja B. Santelises, a former city school chief academic officer. Santelises is currently vice president for K12 policy and practice at The Education Trust.

5/6/2016

What will make a difference in the lives of students is the value they place on learning. We should be developing students’ knowledge base and interest in a subject area; what school systems are doing instead is spending an extraordinary amount of time measuring growth in test scores.

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