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10/10/2014

10/10/2014

West Virginia's Board of Education granted local control back to the Grant County school system. Five years ago, the state board stepped in when a report cited serious deficiencies within the school system including a break down in leadership, a lack of AP and honors classes as well as individual schools failing to meet Adequate Yearly Progress five years in a row.

10/10/2014

Texas' Dallas ISD, which serves the five students who may have come into direct contact with the first Ebola patient on American soil prior to his hospitalization, have also been responding with Ebola fever scanners in five Dallas ISD campuses to monitor student temperatures. Another Texas district, Midland ISD, has also put a plan in place to minimize its Ebola risk.

10/10/2014

After a push to end Bible classes in area elementary schools, Rowan-Salisbury School System leaders said the classes will go on as normal while they assess whether the school is in line with the Constitution. The Freedom from Religion Foundation wants the district to stop teaching the Bible, saying schools are for secular education.

10/10/2014

The fate of an $800 million school bond referendum could depend on what voters think is in greater disrepair: Broward County schools or their trust in those who would spend the money. The Broward County School District is asking voters to approve a general obligation bond to a multitude of issues in the district's oldest schools.

10/9/2014

10/9/2014

Vernier Software & Technology has expanded its offerings with the Go Wireless pH and the NODE+ CO2 Gas and Thermocouple sensor modules. Using the Go Wireless pH, teachers and students can remotely monitor and collect pH data. The CO2 Gas sensor module measures CO2 gas concentration in air while the Thermocouple measures temperatures.

10/9/2014

Mobile County Public School System, Alabama's largest school system, has expanded its partnership with Discovery Education with the launch of the Digital Literacy Media Project. Under the professional development program, a network of teachers and media specialists create and share innovative teaching strategies for BYOD transitions.

10/9/2014

Motorola Solutions announced a new handheld mobile device for schools and universities. The MOTOTRBO SL300 digital portable radio is a two-way, push-to-talk communication device that offers a shatterproof Active View display with LED and a long battery life.

10/9/2014

Two issue briefs released this week demonstrate how issues surrounding school discipline uniquely impact LGBTQ and gender non-conforming youth of color. They face persistent and frequent harassment and bias-based bullying from peers and school staff as well as increased surveillance and policing, according to the Crossroads Collaborative/Gay Straight Alliance Network study.

10/9/2014

The primary duty of schools is to teach. Yet at high schools throughout California, students are assigned to “classes” with no instruction, in which they're warehoused, assigned chores or even sent home for a period or two. The latter is, in effect, school-sanctioned truancy.

10/9/2014

District-by-district reporting procedures are not uniform, due to the use of different student information systems. An incident at one school which mandates police involvement may not even require parental notification in another district. When allocating millions of dollars to cashed-strapped districts, a useful and uniform incident policy should be followed.

10/9/2014

California education officials were ordered by a judge to immediately help the Los Angeles USD resolve continuing class-scheduling problems at Jefferson High School that have left some students unable to attend courses they need to graduate.

10/9/2014

Indianapolis Public Schools next year could consider bringing a free public boarding school — one of just a few in the country — to the city. The concept behind the school is to build a stronger academic school and a safer, more stable daily life for lower income children.

10/9/2014

The Virginia city's school officials are conducting an intensive internal investigation of student records after a board member shared confidential information about at least 20 students with a vendor that provides mental health services.

10/9/2014

A State University of New York committee approved 17 additional charter schools to open over the next two years, with 14 of the charters going to Success Academy, the city’s largest and most controversial network. The other three charters went to Achievement First. The schools are projected to serve more than 11,700 students.

10/9/2014

The Chicago Public School system has faced notorious budget cuts in recent years, and closed 49 schools in 2013. Recent money-saving moves to privatize management of custodial and cafeteria services have drawn the ire of parents and faculty, who have alleged schools are dirtier — and school lunches are worse than ever.

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