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7/12/2016

7/12/2016

The annual anxiety-inducing lottery for District of Columbia Public Schools' public and charter schools can be a headache for parents. But for public policy researchers, it’s proving to be a data gold mine, providing information on what parents value most in schools and what factors influence their decisions about where to send their children.

7/11/2016

7/11/2016

Through each Buckle Down 3-D Science for the 21st Century lesson, students in grades 3-8 develop an in-depth understanding of essential science and engineering concepts and apply it to real-world situations.

7/11/2016

Spending on state and local prisons has increased at triple the rate of funding for public education over the last three decades, according to a new analysis. Even when population changes are factored in, 23 states increased per capita spending on corrections at more than double the rate of increases in per-pupil spending on schools.

7/11/2016

Facing a torrent of accusations, K12 Inc., a for-profit company that operates taxpayer-funded online charter schools throughout California, has reached a $168.5 million settlement with the state over claims it manipulated attendance records and overstated its students' success.

7/11/2016

PD Learning Network (PDLN) is teaming up with Cyberwise to provide competency-based micro-credential badges for K12 educators with the new Digital Literacy for Teachers and Administrators course. Through a partnership between PDLN and University of the Pacific, educators will also be able to earn professional development units for their work.

7/11/2016

The Condition of Future Educators 2015 reveals that only 4 percent of the more than 1.9 million 2015 U.S. high school graduates who took the ACT test said they intended to pursue a career as an educator—either as a teacher, counselor or administrator. This is down from 5 percent in 2014 and down from 7 percent in 2010.

7/11/2016

Ohio and Michigan have joined a federal lawsuit led by Nebraska to challenge the Obama Administration’s mandate that schools allow students to use bathrooms that correspond with the gender with which they identify.

7/11/2016

Schools throughout Illinois are scrambling to find alternative ways to discipline students ahead of new requirements that go into effect September 15. Students will face relaxed policies on suspension and expulsion, which can only be implemented for up to three days as a result of harm or danger.

7/11/2016

Florida’s annual A-to-F school report card showed that far fewer schools earned top grades this year compared with last year, as campuses were judged under a new, tougher formula. The number of A-rated schools fell from 1,184 last year to 741 statewide this year.

7/11/2016

Maine could certainly stand to operate its school districts more efficiently, but cutting the number of superintendents would have little effect. Even if all superintendents were eliminated—a ridiculous notion—that would free up only $12.3 million a year. By comparison, this year the state will miss its mandate to fund 55 percent of K12 education costs by $178 million.

7/11/2016

With individual school budgets due out next week, Chicago Public Schools is telling principals that classrooms will be protected from spending cuts in the coming year. The cash-strapped district has for months threatened additional budget cuts as it pushed for more state help.

7/11/2016

Building off the PebbleGo databases for grades preK-3, PebbleGo Next Science will feature expanded content connected to grades 3-5 curriculum with more than 150 articles on earth science, life science, physical science and more.

7/11/2016

Lower levels of fake soil in artificial turf—a cost-saving move—may be linked to sharply higher numbers of injuries among high school football players, new research suggests.

7/8/2016

7/8/2016

The new version of Moodlerooms 3.0 includes streamlined course editing and tagging, new dynamic and interactive question types, a one-step plugin function, and the recent Mahara 15.10 ePortfolio and social networks management capabilities.

7/8/2016

Christina Goennier has been selected as the new Bonita USD superintendent for La Verne and San Dimas' public schools. She comes from Beaumont USD, where she most recently served as assistant superintendent of instruction.

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