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3/11/2015

3/11/2015

Legislation that would have permitted school districts to designate some of their capital outlay taxes for technical schools has been dropped. Tech schools receive about two-thirds of their funding from student fees and tuition and about one-third from the Legislature.

3/11/2015

We need to dramatically expand our efforts around STEM. STEM Gateways Act, new legislation that has been introduced in Washington, would help direct federal resources to state and local STEM initiatives that specifically target women, minorities and economically disadvantaged communities.

3/11/2015

School officials from Wichita and around the state voiced strong opposition to a bill that would put state aid for school districts into flexible block grants, saying it would reduce accountability and hamper districts’ ability to provide services to students.

3/11/2015

A proposed law, which primarily focuses on expanding state takeover of failing schools, would forbid schools from offering gift cards to prospective students or families in exchange for enrolling at the school, or to any person who refers students to the school.

3/11/2015

State officials will begin arguing about whether a school funding lawsuit should continue. Last fall, School District of Lancaster and five other districts filed a lawsuit against the state, contending that Pennsylvania's school funding system is unpredictable and does not deliver the essential resources students need.

3/11/2015

Generation YES, a nonprofit organization that implements student technology programs, has partnered with Learning.com to launch Project NextTech. The project-based high school digital literacy course spans two semesters and uses content based on curriculum developed by Generation YES.

3/11/2015

The most fruitful form of education—and the one with the best chance of empowering children to overcome poverty and other disadvantages—offers each child the opportunity to pursue his or her own goals, in a stimulating and supportive environment. It’s this “opportunity gap,” rather than any “achievement gap,” that characterizes unequal education and is fully within the power of schools to remedy.

3/11/2015

The Kentucky Senate Education Committee has passed a bill that would limit the authority school councils have across the state. With less power, the councils would be more advisory and the superintendent would make policy decisions. The bill is now set to go before the full Senate for a vote.

3/11/2015

In Washington, D.C., public high schools more than 50 percent of students are chronically truant, meaning they've missed more than 10 days of school. A new report says that efforts to crack down on truancy may not be working.

3/11/2015

Fluke Networks unveiled Link-Solutions, an adaptable toolset for network connectivity testing, documentation and reporting to conduct copper, fiber and Ethernet network tests and manage test results via a unified cloud-based dashboard.

3/11/2015

The Wisconsin Assembly could vote next week on a school accountability bill that would place sole decision-making power with a school district superintendent to improve a low-performing school if the public school did not improve after three years of taking steps outlined in the bill.

3/11/2015

The number of Alabama's public schools listed as failing could grow under a bill that would make significant changes to the state's Accountability Act. The legislation would also raise the current cap on aggregate tax credits claimed by families of students in failing schools to $35 million per calendar year.

3/11/2015

One way to help low-performing students do better in school could be to put them in classrooms with teachers who share their race, a new study says. Researchers found that black, white and Asian/Pacific Island students had higher reading and math scores when taught by teachers who look like them.

3/11/2015

Florida authorities are investigating cyber-attacks that delayed newly computerized standardized school testing last week. The investigation stemmed from reports that a number of school districts encountered "white screens" after logging into the controversial tests.

3/11/2015

A new measure would let a family of a special education student deposit in a savings account special education and regular per-pupil funding a school district receives for the child. Money from the account could be withdrawn to pay for the student to attend classes somewhere other than the local public school.

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