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4/8/2015

4/8/2015

A critical computer science pipeline to Washington’s future economic success is far too narrow. House Bill 1813 establishes a much needed grant program to train teachers to run AP computer classes but has remained blocked due to a failure to restore the state’s No Child Left Behind waiver. The state leadership needs to resolve the impasse during budget negotiation to open the coveted STEM-jobs spigot.

4/8/2015

A restriction prohibiting sex offenders from living or working within 1,000 feet of schools made a patchwork path of nearly half of Michigan's Grand Rapids off-limits to people on a statewide registry. A federal judge in Detroit has ruled that the "geographic exclusion zones" are unconstitutional.

4/8/2015

A plan to save the St. Francis Elementary School by combining classes and elderly assisted living under one roof is aimed at preventing Maine's School Administrative District 27 from shutting down the tiny school because of declining enrollments and rising education costs.

4/8/2015

Under a new bill, Oregon elementary schools would be barred from suspending or expelling students for causing repeated disruption or other minor disciplinary problems. The policy takes aim at disciplinary tactics that some schools may disproportionately use against minority students and students with disabilities.

4/8/2015

A sweeping House proposal would increase per-pupil funding by $3 billion for 94 percent of the state’s 5.2 million public school students — with some school districts in wealthy areas, or those not currently collecting local property taxes at high enough rates, virtually the only ones left out.

4/8/2015

The Texas district successfully enrolled two-thirds of its student population online during the initial implementation phase of Prologic Technology Systems, Inc.'s TEAMS Online Student Registration & Enrollment System. El Paso ISD will continue the rollout by conducting a series of computer literacy classes for parents.

4/8/2015

Two key senators have announced a bipartisan agreement on rewriting the No Child Left Behind education law. Students would still take annual tests. But states would have more control over how the results are used to scrutinize schools.

4/8/2015

Maine’s high school graduation rate increased slightly to 86.5 percent for 2013-14, and remains in the top 10 states in the nation. The state ranks sixth for its limited English proficiency graduation rate and 12th for its economically disadvantaged student graduation rate.

4/8/2015

Adding something truly radical to the mix just might help improve the entire effort to make a better living-and-learning environment for Detroit Public Schools’ students. For kids in enormous need of a stable, sustaining home environment that encourages good learning, a public boarding school model might make all the difference in the world.

4/7/2015

4/7/2015

The Senate passed a modified version of Gov. Larry Hogan's bill to promote charter schools in Maryland and sent it to the House. Some original language was stripped out exempting charters from union representation and requiring local school boards to provide more money to the schools.

4/7/2015

Council Bluffs CSD has chosen to implement Lexia Reading Core5. In addition, Davenport CSD has expanded its use of the reading program from use in grades K3 to all students in grades K5.

4/7/2015

Several enhancements have been added to Universal Search, Follett's content search and discovery tool available in the latest upgrade of Destiny Library Manager. New features include integration with EasyBib, an intuitive information literacy platform that provides students with citation, note taking and research tools.

4/7/2015

Gov. Butch Otter signed a $125.5 million career ladder teacher salary bill into law. Over five years, the career ladder is designed to give all teachers a raise every year — starting with a $33.5 million boost in state funding in 2015-16.

4/7/2015

Nick Ouellette, currently the superintendent of the Odebolt-Arthur and Battle Creek Schools in Iowa, has been chosen to take over the Wisconsin district's top leadership position. He is replacing Superintendent Mary Bowen-Eggebraaten, who is retiring after 10 years in the position.

4/7/2015

The new bill aims to protect current out-of-district transfer students but won’t require districts to continue to accept new nonresidents. Critics allege the bill doesn’t address the real reason the districts are limiting transfer students — budget cuts related to the state’s new law establishing temporary block grants for schools.

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