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2/12/2015

2/12/2015

Residents want more accountability from schools but aren't sure standardized tests are the way to achieve it, according to a new Monmouth University Poll. Among parents, only 58 percent had heard about PARCC, despite growing backlash against the tests in some communities.

2/12/2015

Virginia lawmakers have passed a bill requiring state leaders to set limits on how public schools can restrain or isolate students. It requires the state education board to adopt regulations that follow federal guidelines.

2/12/2015

The two companies have partnered to distribute Cantata Learning's product line through direct and wholesale channels. Twenty-nine Cantata Learning products are now available as Capstone Interactive eBooks and as print picture book/audio bundles, with an additional 42 new books set for release this year.

2/12/2015

Voters approved the construction of a new $48.8 million middle school in Cloquet, but voted down building a new auditorium along with it.

2/12/2015

Gryphon House Inc. has released Move to Learn: Integrating Movement into the Early Childhood Curriculum to help educators turn their classrooms into environments that encourage movement activities throughout the early childhood curricula.

2/12/2015

Baltimore's growing property tax base and revitalization ought to be cause for celebration, not hardship for the city's children. With lower property taxes and the subsequent effect on the state education funding for the city, the loss of funds could mean 393 fewer teachers.

2/12/2015

More than 11,000 students were added to the enrollment of charter schools in Georgia in the last school year, according to National Alliance for Public Charter Schools. An additional 348,000 attended charter schools nationally during the 2014-15 school year, compared to an increase of 288,000 students in the prior year.

2/12/2015

The House passed a bill to change the way attendance is counted for the state's public school funding formula. MAEP funding will be based on enrollment, not average daily attendance. However, if a school's average daily attendance drops below 95 percent, it would have to use daily attendance instead of enrollment.

2/12/2015

Only 45 percent of low-income children who eat lunch at school in Pennsylvania also eat a school breakfast, according to a report released by a national food research group. Pennsylvania's score was several percentage points below the national average.

2/12/2015

The Iowa school district is utilizing GuideK12’s SchoolSearch to provide an efficient way to share assigned school details and other information from the Iowa City Schools homepage with the parents in the community.

2/11/2015

2/11/2015

While many feel that formal instruction is important in developing good habits, others argue that kids are typing on phones and tablets that make keyboards irrelevant. Common Core testing is now shaping that debate by positioning keyboarding skills as an indirect way to measure student achievement.

2/11/2015

In 2020, there will be 1.4 million computing jobs available in the United States and only 400,000 computer science students in the education pipeline. But the number of students may slowly be increasing, as 25 states now count computer science courses toward high school graduation requirements, compared to 11 states in 2013.

2/11/2015

Superintendent Arthur W. Tate of Iowa’s Davenport public schools implemented a more data-driven method of identifying and responding to potential dropouts. He also formed a community task force and resource system to entice dropouts to return to class.

2/11/2015

In chemistry class in Ballard High School, students still do lab experiments, but all the directions are on their computers or mobile devices. In addition to using Google Docs for more organized note taking and real-time teacher grading, students are able to watch videos about the experiments they are about to conduct.

2/11/2015

Blackboard Inc. has acquired Schoolwires, an educational website, hosting and content management provider. Schoolwires provides technology products and related services to more than 11 million users and 1,700 districts and educational entities in the U.S. and China.

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