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6/6/2016

6/6/2016

Gov. Tom Wolf signed the new school funding formula into law​. The new system weans districts off of a clause that said a district would not get less regardless of whether enrollment went down or up. It also bases the new spending on student population and various socioeconomic and tax factors pertinent to individual districts.

6/6/2016

Georgia schools are now required by law to evaluate schools by climate in addition to student achievement. The Georgia Department of Education says 85 percent of schools scored a 3 or above in 2015, compared to 84 percent in 2014. The ratings are based on a numeric scale of 1 to 5, with 5 being the highest score.

6/6/2016

State officials have ordered the LAUSD to redirect hundreds of millions of dollars in spending to benefit students who need the most academic assistance. The issue is whether the school system is following the rules of a revised state funding plan that provides added dollars for students who are more difficult and costly to educate.

6/6/2016

The state's School Funding Commission must weigh whether children with disabilities are receiving an equal educational opportunity and whether their services are adequately funded by the state. The state requires school districts to make a 33 percent general fund match for special education dollars, but most are paying much more.

6/6/2016

Chronically poor-performing schools could be closed under a new House-approved Republican plan to save Detroit’s public education system. But Democratic critics argue that reconstitution is a free pass allowing such schools to stay open even if they aren’t meeting expectations.

6/6/2016

In a new report, the Center for Education Policy Research at Harvard University found that students in grades 3-5 using DreamBox Learning’s Intelligent Adaptive Learning platform improved nearly 4 percentile points on the NWEA MAP assessments.

6/6/2016

A new peripheral to the wePresent platform, PresentSense, is a proximity-based Bluetooth gateway that allows quicker connection to nearby wePresent units.

6/6/2016

Children's books are amazingly flexible teaching tools. They help millions of kids learn to read and write, of course. But we can also use them to teach kids—and adults—ideas that might otherwise seem overwhelming. Want to teach philosophy? Use Harold and the Purple Crayon. Financial literacy? The Berenstain Bears.

6/6/2016

Planet3 is launching its first pilot program with six school districts in Nevada, as part of its Early Adopter program. The personalized learning platform uses the planet Earth as a laboratory for teaching earth, life and physical science. 

6/3/2016

6/3/2016

Regarding the school funding issue, Kansas' governor soon needs to call a special session so the Legislature can get together and decide how to abide by the Supreme Court’s ruling. Kansas legislators need to follow the rule of law, not create a constitutional crisis.

6/3/2016

The Vestal Central School District’s board of education hired Jeffrey J. Ahearn as superintendent of the 3,300-student district. ​He has served as interim school superintendent since January, following the retirement of Mark LaRoach after six years as head of the district.

6/3/2016

Moodle debuted MoodleCloud's Moodle for School, suitable for schools with under 500 staff and students. The package includes video-conferencing plugins, gamification tools, availability in more than 100 languages, and unlimited courses and activities.

6/3/2016

The New Hanover County School Board policy committee proposed removing the term “skinny jeans” from the school system’s dress code, though the proposed policy still would not allow leggings or other tight fitting pants without an appropriate length top. The dress code policy story has put the school board in a national spotlight.

6/3/2016

The Fairfield Board of Education has selected Senior High School Principal Billy Smith as the new leader of the 10,000-student school district. Serving as principal for seven years, Smith also spent one year as assistant superintendent for business for the Butler County school system.

6/3/2016

Poudre School District has partnered with SMART Technologies Inc. to roll out SMART Learning Suite software in 1350 district classrooms. The implementation is part of the district's educational technology program, which includes professional development opportunities, classroom support, education technology tools and software.

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