Industry News

9/4/2014

9/4/2014

OSRAM SYLVANIA of OSRAM Americas is launching ORIOS LED lamps, including A-line, MR16, BR, R and PAR lamps. The lamps are rated at up to 25,000 hours. ORIOS PAR, BR30 and R20 LED lamps are dimmable down to 10 percent and are indoor/outdoor rated.

9/4/2014

CK-12 is partnering with Clever to make it easier for districts to deploy CK-12, and for users to access their customizable CK-12 math and science content.

9/4/2014

EdTechLens created Rainforest Journey, a subscription-based and standards-aligned online science curriculum for elementary students that uses photographs and videos to illustrate the curriculum's written scientific concepts.

9/4/2014

InFocus Corporation released a new group of large-venue, professional installation projectors, the IN5310a series, to deliver bright image and flexible projection options to large classrooms. The DLP IN5310a series, which consists of the 6000-lumen IN5312a and the 1080p IN5316HDa, provides connectivity and lenses, and has small form factor to suit most large spaces.

9/4/2014

McGraw-Hill Education launched Everyday Mathematics 4, developed in partnership with the University of Chicago School Mathematics Project. The new version of Everyday Mathematics is an alternative core program engineered for new education standards designed to promote college and career readiness.

9/4/2014

Volusia County voters approved extending a half-cent sales tax that will pay for a new Pierson Elementary, replacing and renovating facilities and other capital expenses. The tax is expected to generate $32 million annually for 15 years.

9/4/2014

The U.S. Department of Education announced nearly $3.2 million for Newtown's schools for this school year and 2015-2016. Since the December 14, 2012, shootings, the Connecticut district has received a total of $6.4 million, one of the largest grants from the Department of Education's School Emergency Response to Violence program.

9/4/2014

Philadelphia has announced none of its schools were designated “persistently dangerous” for this school year. This is the first time the district does not have any schools designated by the Pennsylvania Department of Education. It is also the fourth year in a row the district noted a reduction in the total number of reported violent incidents.

9/4/2014

A new Texas Education Agency study indicates that consolidation of school districts in the five largest counties in Texas would only increase operating costs and not improve student performance. If consolidated, the Dallas County district would be the fourth largest school system in the country with an enrollment of more than 803,000 students.

9/4/2014

Connecticut replaced two state mastery exams that were previously used in calculating state rankings with the computer-based Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium. The change was so abrupt that the state does not expect to release annual performance assessment results until 2015, making it difficult to predict how students are doing under the new conditions.

9/4/2014

Two charters are being added to Jefferson's public school portfolio. Laureate Academy and Jefferson RISE Charter School are products of a $500,000 partnership between Louisiana and system officials and national charter incubator Building Excellent Schools.

9/4/2014

Ever since the passage of No Child Left Behind 12 years ago, teachers have been judged, far too simplistically, based on standardized tests given to their students. This system is a lot of the reason that teacher turnover is so high, causing even many of the best teachers to leave. All of which might be worth it if this form of accountability truly meant that public school students were getting a better education.

9/4/2014

City and school officials have been busy finding vendors, hiring and training teachers, inspecting buildings, guiding parents and signing up more than 50,000 children for free, full-day, citywide, city-run prekindergarten. Besides the paperwork delays, which the administration says are commonplace and a result of putting caution ahead of speed, there have been other relatively minor administrative glitches.

9/4/2014

A new joint venture between Midland County Schools and The Greater Michigan Construction Academy began this school year to provide district students an early start on apprenticeships into skilled trades. As the students move through the skilled trades content, they will receive a certification of each module through the National Center for Construction Education and Research.

9/3/2014

9/3/2014

By now, Los Angeles Unified was supposed to be the technological model for big-city school systems with its iPad project. Instead the district has become a national model of the tensions that stifle public school reform. Our technology projects were stranded between high-minded ideals and grass-roots realities; tripped up by jockeying over priorities, politics and power.

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