Industry News

11/6/2014

11/6/2014

The state will borrow $2 billion to fund technology and facility upgrades in schools after voters decisively approved the ballot proposal. The Smart Schools Bond Act will require local schools to put together spending plans in order to receive a portion of the borrowed money for high-tech equipment or pre-K program expansions.

11/6/2014

Learning Genie unveiled its new cross-platform app with mobile versions for iPad and Android, plus a web portal. The app enables preschool teachers to create daily reports, record portfolio assessments and increase parent engagement via the mobile internet technology.

11/6/2014

The New Mexico Court of Appeals has provided an important learning moment for those who would keep taxpayer-funded instructional materials out of private and religious schools. It’s a lesson in fairness. When parents and guardians opt to have their children attend a private or religious school, their tax bill does not decrease.

11/6/2014

Challenger Marshall Tuck conceded to incumbent Tom Torlakson in the contest for California superintendent of public instruction, a race that became the most expensive on the state ballot.

11/6/2014

Students and teachers in Lexington 2 can look forward to upgraded school facilities, as voters approved a $225 million bond package to build four new facilities and other renovation projects. But in Kershaw County, voters rejected by a narrow margin a $130 million proposal for school improvements.

11/6/2014

A Orange County school district fell short by hundreds of votes to get millions of dollars to upgrade buildings. Orange USD lost its third attempt to pass a bond, this time $296 million to be divided equally among its four high schools.

11/6/2014

With approval from Rockford voters, the Rockford School District will put a $250 million 10-year facilities plan in motion. That means closing eight schools, building two and making improvements at the district’s nearly 40 other early childhood, elementary, middle and high school buildings.

11/6/2014

The State Board of Education endorsed the key "A-F" school grades for about 2,100 Indiana schools before also approving school corporation grades. Just over 1,100 schools were given an "A" this year, a 19 percent jump from last year.

11/6/2014

In general, school construction projects fared well at the polls, as voters approved more than $438 million worth of spending for everything from new elementary schools to athletic fields. About $500 million in total requests were on the ballots in Minnesota. Voters said “yes” to 70 percent of the bond referendum questions.

11/6/2014

If Election Day’s results were mixed for other races and measures, they were a clear victory for California's local school board and school bond races. Now it’s up to the school boards and district administrators to provide strict oversight to make sure the funds from those bonds aren’t squandered by those who foot the bill for the campaigns.

11/6/2014

Renaissance Learning rolled out Accelerated Reader 360 (AR 360). While AR provides personalized, independent reading practice, the new AR 360 adds access to digital informational texts and instructional skills practice activities.

11/6/2014

Monroe County School District voters approved a 10-year extension of a sales tax. Of the projected $157.3 million that would be raised by the tax over the next decade, $5 million has been earmarked for security and safety and $21.8 million for student technology upgrades. Construction of three new schools will cost $105 million.

11/5/2014

11/5/2014

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11/5/2014

Williamson County Schools has a policy that violates the First and Fourth amendment rights of the county's 35,000 students by overly restricting what they can do with technology and the internet, according to the Electronic Frontier Foundation and the American Civil Liberties Union.

11/5/2014

RGS, a business unit of Avnet, Inc., introduced the RGS Visitor and Student Identification System, a new credential and individual tracking solution designed to provide a fast, easy-to-use system for logging, verifying and tracking visitors.

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