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7/15/2015

7/15/2015

Intrinsic motivation is more powerful, long lasting and important. But it steadily declines by ninth grade as students and teachers are being subjected to increasingly punitive extrinsic structures. Even those learning activities that were initially stimulated by intrinsic motivation will weaken after they have been exposed to extrinsic structures.

7/15/2015

Leander ISD has signed an agreement with Tyler Technologies, Inc. covering software licenses, related professional services, maintenance and support. In addition to using Tyler's Munis enterprise resource planning system, the district will integrate Tyler Content Manager and Tyler Pulse products.

7/15/2015

Smart Horizons Career Online Education is teaming up with Hamilton County Educational Service Center in Ohio to re-engage struggling learners by redesigning the classroom to use blended learning practices and offer students various AdvancED/SACS accredited workforce certificates.

7/15/2015

Officials at a Florida middle school used a large color-coded magnetic board to plot all the days students spent testing. The startling conclusion: 91 days of the 180 days in the school year were dedicated in part or in full to state standardized tests and district-required exams. It does not include chapter or unit tests written by teachers.

7/14/2015

7/14/2015

The city's school system could be the latest district to follow a national trend toward more independent schools. An autonomy plan isn’t expected to be presented to the school board until this fall. But the fact that the board is insistent that it will happen could mean big changes for the district.

7/14/2015

The district unveiled school spending plans that rely on a half-billion dollars more than the district has on hand. To make the individual school budgets work, Chicago Public Schools is banking on help from the state, which has so far been uncooperative.

7/14/2015

The Washoe County School Board hired interim Superintendent Traci Davis as permanent superintendent. She came from the Las Vegas school system in 2012 when the previous Washoe County superintendent hired her as deputy superintendent. When Pedro Martinez resigned in October, the school board promoted Davis to stand-in superintendent.

7/14/2015

With 5.1 million students, Texas has more kids in public school than 28 states have residents. The latest numbers from the Texas Education Agency also show the student population as 51.8 percent Hispanic, 29.4 percent Anglo, 12.7 percent African-American and 3.7 percent Asian.

7/14/2015

A federal judge says the Rankin County school district is in contempt of court for continuing to promote Christianity during school hours after it agreed to stop. They were again ordered to stop sponsoring prayers at graduations, assemblies, athletic competitions and other school events.

7/14/2015

State law requires the Legislature to set state funding for K12 public schools two years in advance. Perhaps it is flawed in its aggressive time requirement, but the law is wise in its fundamental goal to provide local school districts with state aid decisions early—not nearly two months after local school districts must certify the next year's budgets.

7/14/2015

A joint business, university and Ohio Department of Education effort, the Bright New Leaders for Ohio Schools program trains future principals to work in Ohio’s most challenging schools. No education experience is required. By the end of the school year, successful fellows will receive an MBA and a principal license from the Ohio Department of Education.

7/14/2015

An ambitious middle school designed to prepare black students for success at Southern University in New Orleans was abandoned by the Thurgood Marshall College Fund. It has been in the planning stages for more than two years. But the fund's leaders decided to surrender the school charter, awarded in 2013 by the Orleans Parish School Board.

7/14/2015

A recent report by New York's state comptroller office indicates that the 2 percent tax cap has had the effect legislators had in mind when they passed the law. Governments and school districts are generally in compliance. When the tax cap first took effect in 2012, 15 of the state's 57 counties outside New York City exceeded it. This year, only six did.

7/14/2015

As part of an exclusive partnership, more than 1,000 of Twig World Ltd.'s standards-aligned, content connection videos will be seamlessly embedded into STEMscopes, Accelerate Learning’s digital STEM curriculum.

7/14/2015

Considering their lesson plans are tailored specifically towards the field they want to pursue upon graduation, students at the new Delaware Met will be responsible for owning their education. As part of this “Big Picture Learning” model, the school will also partner with businesses and organizations to provide the students with internships.

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