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7/15/2014

7/15/2014

Education reform has turned into such a bitter battleground, it’s easy to forget it was forged over a search for common ground: the best way to teach children and maximize their learning potential.

7/15/2014

Efforts to eliminate extra pay for teachers who earn advanced degrees are gaining momentum in a small but growing number of U.S. schools, stirring a national debate about how best to compensate quality educators and angering teachers who say the extra training is valuable.

7/15/2014

A proposal to randomly drug test Zionsville High School students was debated and delayed for a third time. The original plan included suspending students from extracurricular activities if they test positive and requiring they undergo drug treatment in order to re-enter.

7/15/2014

Jefferson County, Vernonia and four other rural Oregon school districts are among the 300 worst in the nation when it comes to per pupil spending and reading and math achievements, according to a new study from the Center for American Progress. Several of the Oregon districts experience high levels of chronic absenteeism.

7/15/2014

Springfield Conservatory for the Arts, a new city-run magnet school focusing on the performing and visual arts, will make its debut this fall with 120 students making up its original cast. Starting with grades six through nine, the school will add a new grade over the next four years to reach twelfth grade.

7/14/2014

7/14/2014

The admissions formula at New York's Stuyvesant High School has not yielded a student body that looks like New York—not even close. Of the 952 admissions offers Stuyvesant made in 2014, 71 percent went to students of Asian origin, while only 2.9 percent went to black and Latino students.

7/14/2014

Arizona's public schools are due an additional $317 million in funding for the coming budget year, a court has ruled. The decision could cost the state an extra $1.6 billion over the next five years.

7/14/2014

The $15.03 million purchase of the devices still must be approved by the Montgomery County Public Schools Board of Education. The multi-year effort to provide all students with access to mobile computers on a cloud-based network started last school year with a pilot in nine schools.

7/14/2014

Stacked up against other states, Texas public schools could win the best-bang-for-your-buck competition. The state has consistently ranked among the bottom five nationally in per-student spending yet some academic performance measures are on the upswing.

7/14/2014

The reason games work is that they actively engage players cognitively, emotionally, and socially to keep them motivated to play. Even failure is attractive in the game universe, since players know if they keep trying, they will eventually master the skill or beat the level.

7/14/2014

School Improvement Network released a report on teacher professional development policy in all 50 states. The report findings indicate that schools, districts and states lack the professional development and support needed to make soon mandated teacher evaluations a meaningful part of professional growth towards educator effectiveness.

7/14/2014

The National Academy Foundation (NAF) and nine companies announced NAFTrack Certified Hiring, a new academic and work-based learning initiative that prepares high school students for college and careers. The companies committed to giving special consideration to job applicants who, as high school graduates, earned NAF credentials.

7/14/2014

Sunrise Digital is now making posters on MagiCling, a material that allows posters to stick to virtually any surface. This thin 2-mil white film is electrostatically charged to cling to a flat surface.

7/14/2014

Members of the state's Board of Education are expecting to vote on math and English language arts standards educators will use for teaching students during the 2015-16 school year as early as December, with a team of writers producing the new standards no later than August

7/14/2014

While summer programs in many California public school districts have been scaled back or eliminated, scores of students in predominantly affluent areas can pay for courses, bolstering their transcripts to be more attractive to colleges.

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