Industry News

1/9/2015

1/9/2015

A new iPad app of Science4Us' kindergarten, first and second grade science curriculum is now available. The free app is available on the Apple iTunes store to students who are paid members of Science4Us.com. It can also be used on Chromebooks, computers and many mobile devices.

1/9/2015

Discovery Education unveiled Math Techbook, a digital textbook designed to encourage inquiry-based learning. Math Techbook supports middle school math, high school math (Algebra I, Algebra II and Geometry), and Integrated Math (Math I, II and III) instruction.

1/9/2015

It’s time Indiana legislators strengthened control over the state’s school voucher program. In the three years since its creation, the program has grown into one of the broadest programs in the country. The problem is that, even as the state moved quickly to expand the program, it failed to properly keep track of the funding.

1/9/2015

This past fall, New York homeowners living in school districts that complied with the state property tax cap were mailed income tax rebate checks. That will continue in 2015, but with one caveat: school districts must create "government efficiency" plans in the next few months for state approval, in addition to complying with the tax cap.

1/9/2015

Topeka USD 501's board of education has decided to cut back on mandatory testing in the district’s schools. Significantly reducing the district’s own mandatory testing sounds like a reasonable change to give teachers more time to teach and students more time to learn.

1/9/2015

The former Contra Costa County Office of Education Deputy Superintendent Karen Sakata was sworn in as the county’s new superintendent of schools. She is the California county’s first female superintendent schools, as well as the position’s first Asian American.

1/9/2015

Superintendent Henry Arledge, the longest serving current superintendent in Mississippi, will not run for re-election in the fall. He plans to retire, ending a 48-year career with the district, 36 of those years as its leader.

1/9/2015

The New York district's school board accepted the resignation of Superintendent James Abrams and named J.D. Pabis as the interim schools chief.

1/9/2015

The Arkansas Board of Education will hold a meeting later this month to consider whether the state should intervene in the Little Rock School District. The district has six schools considered under academic distress.

1/9/2015

The Florida school district could face more than $1.2 million in fines for once again exceeding constitutional class-size requirements — the highest penalty in the state other than Miami-Dade. Lake appealed the finding that 361 of its classes are over the legal capacity this school year, citing unexpected growth as a persistent challenge.

1/9/2015

City school officials will move to stamp out sexting and cyberbullying before they become a problem under the city’s new policy allowing students to bring cell phones to school. As part of the effort, principals will work with teachers and parents to create customized policies for students’ cell phones in their schools.

1/9/2015

While Denver Public Schools has seen high rates of participation in the district’s school choice system, there are still gaps among who participates and where students request to go, according to a new report. Across all segments of the city, families are demanding higher-rated schools, but such schools are unevenly distributed.

1/9/2015

The anonymous social networking app After School, which has been banned from Apple’s App Store, has added a new alert system for threats, added an online reporting form and asked suicide prevention and cyberbullying experts to join their safety board following multiple gun threats and cyberbullying incidents in 2014.

1/8/2015

1/8/2015

Ohio House Bill 241 would have banned all school employees — not just teachers, administrators and coaches — from having sex with students who are 16 or older, but it failed to get even a single hearing in the Ohio Senate last session. At the very least, the Senate Criminal Justice Committee owes an explanation.

1/8/2015

Across the Houston area, school construction and renovation is in full swing. Forty schools are slated for renovation or replacement with 2012 bond funds. Of those projects, 17 have moved from the design phase to construction phase.

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