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6/3/2016

6/3/2016

This national conversation about grave disparities within districts is long overdue. But the Education Department’s proposed change for the “supplement not supplant” rule is too blunt an instrument—penalizing districts that have made significant strides toward equity, and imposing incentives that could hurt Title I students.

6/3/2016

U.S. Department of Education (Office for Civil Rights) investigations of K12 schools for mishandling reported sexual assault are rapidly rising, yet parents rarely know when their child’s school is under investigation. That’s because school districts have little incentive to disclose this information.

6/3/2016

With the school year drawing to a close and final report cards being distributed, educators across the Chicago region say moving away from traditional letter grades is still a tough sell for middle and high schools, though the practice has become more acceptable in elementary schools.

6/3/2016

Mark Stratton, the Glens Falls High School principal, will become the new Corinth superintendent of schools. He will succeed retiring Superintendent Daniel Starr.

6/3/2016

An iPad version of the myIGDIs Early Literacy+ assessment solution offers rapid universal screening and intensive progress monitoring of students who do not meet seasonal screening benchmarks. The Profile of Preschool Learning & Developmental Readiness is designed to ensure school readiness for kindergarten.

6/3/2016

House Bill 1080 creates an "achievement school district," which would identify five of the state's lowest-performing elementary schools. Those schools would be run by a charter school company for three years with an eye toward turning around academic performance.

6/3/2016

Regarding the school funding issue, Kansas' governor soon needs to call a special session so the Legislature can get together and decide how to abide by the Supreme Court’s ruling. Kansas legislators need to follow the rule of law, not create a constitutional crisis.

6/3/2016

The Vestal Central School District’s board of education hired Jeffrey J. Ahearn as superintendent of the 3,300-student district. ​He has served as interim school superintendent since January, following the retirement of Mark LaRoach after six years as head of the district.

6/3/2016

Moodle debuted MoodleCloud's Moodle for School, suitable for schools with under 500 staff and students. The package includes video-conferencing plugins, gamification tools, availability in more than 100 languages, and unlimited courses and activities.

6/2/2016

6/2/2016

The last thing students learn from high school shouldn’t be how to avoid thinking critically just for the sake of blind adherence to some bureaucratic policy about graduation. Empowering administrators to use common sense and employ a bit of rational decision-making would certainly be a good start.

6/2/2016

Republicans and Democrats who've spent months trading both insults and competing ideas to fund Illinois schools blew a budget deadline and departed Springfield with no agreed-upon plan to pay for education this fall.

6/2/2016

The Prince George's County school system fails to provide many students and teachers with effective instruction on how to recognize and report sexual abuse of children, according to a new report. The Maryland district needs sweeping improvements to better protect students after an elementary school volunteer was charged.

6/2/2016

Turnitin announced a multi-year extension of its work with the College Board that will connect its writing instruction technology, Revision Assistant, to College Board programs like SpringBoard in an effort to expand and promote productive student writing practice.

6/2/2016

Enough schools have been attacked by shooters with military-grade weapons. Perhaps instructing teachers to lock their doors and hit the lights, and students to flee to designated safe locations, is the logical solution to this real problem. At any rate, enacting apocalyptic active shooter exercises that can traumatize students is certainly easier than reforming gun laws.

6/2/2016

For nearly two months, parents have stood on the sidelines as St. Louis Public Schools, the NAACP and others have pushed litigation that threatens the survival of 35 charter schools in the city. Charter school parents are now asking a federal judge to stop the legal action from moving forward.

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