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4/7/2015

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

Whether the new Georgia Milestones testing formula will be an improvement remains to be seen, but area educators seem confident that it will be better. It will almost certainly be harder, and that reality is both the benefit and the challenge for a state long struggling to up its game in public schooling.

4/7/2015

Testing that happens all at once toward the end of the school year offers teachers no real-time insight into their students’ English and math performance. As a result, teachers have no opportunity — as a result of the standardized test — to tailor their instruction during the academic year to ensure their students meet expectations.

4/7/2015

Suspensions are not the root of the problem, rather they are often a symptom of poverty-induced trauma. Expanded school-based mental health services improve outcomes for students: attendance increases, students behavior and overall school climate improve and schools become better places to learn and teach.

4/7/2015

Beginning next month, Connecticut's State Board of Education is expected to use a new more rigorous process to decide whether to renew the charters of six existing charter schools. The legislature is also currently considering a bill that would bolster charter school transparency and accountability.

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

Classroom24-7, LLC, an online education technologies and services provider, has been bought by Rizk Ventures, LLC. The company offers a range of services required to build large-scale online education programs.

4/7/2015

Students who don't participate in Kentucky's assessment system will receive a "0" score, which will be included in the school's accountability calculation, according to state Education Commissioner Terry Holliday.

4/7/2015

The teaching of yoga in Encinitas USD's schools does not represent an illegal attempt at religious indoctrination, an appeals court ruled. A three-judge panel upheld a decision by the San Diego Superior Court that the yoga program is devoid of any religious, mystical or spiritual trappings.

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.

4/7/2015

Mayfield Independent Schools named Assistant Superintendent Joe Henderson as its next superintendent, succeeding Lonnie Burgett, who has held the position for 21 years. Henderson, who served as assistant superintendent and director of instructional programs since 2008, first came to the district in 2001.

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

More than 170 schools across the state could face a takeover if they don't boost their lagging academic performance. The new law means the targeted schools  most of them from big urban school districts like New York, Rochester and Yonkers — will have to act briskly or face the prospect of ceding control to an outside entity.

4/6/2015

4/6/2015

Many high schools in the Houston area are offering alternative, vocational programs for high school students in order to help prepare young adults for the next step in their education or their career.

4/6/2015

The Exceptional Child Online Professional Development System provides on-demand special education training for staff members who support students with disabilities. Scenario Learning is also developing the Exceptional Child Training Management System that will allow administrators to assign and track special education training and customize courses.

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