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12/3/2014

12/3/2014

National Education Foundation will invest $10 million to increase the number of school districts across the country with access to high-quality STEM education programs. In order to qualify for the matching grant, a district must have 35 percent or more students on free or reduced cost lunch.

12/3/2014

Most San Francisco students live a car ride away from Silicon Valley’s technology giants. A new philanthropy initiative is pairing companies such as Dropbox, Eventbrite and Xoom with city schools to inspire students to pursue college and career pathways in technology.

12/3/2014

Districts supporting BYOD can manage students’ instructional software through virtual containers and clouds while relying on MDM software to manage security. Whatever strategy a district chooses, the end goal is to take device management out of the hands of teachers and students, so they can focus on learning.

12/3/2014

Nearly 30 Indiana public school systems have gotten the go-ahead to offer online lessons during snow days. However, online learning will be a struggle for those with no internet access or technology at home. We need to find a way to roll out online education programs to more schools, but in an informed and inclusive way.

12/3/2014

School district officials turned over 20 boxes in response to a federal grand jury subpoena for documents related to its troubled iPad project's bidding process and the winning bidders. The investigation is a broad one, seeking records related to Apple and Pearson that predate the bidding process or that involve other projects.

12/3/2014

Honest discussion about what sexual identity is, how it defines our cultural norms, and how traditional sex and gender roles limit our collective development will offer real opportunities for creating safe and non-discriminatory public schools.

12/3/2014

McGraw-Hill Education launched Acuity College and Career Readiness, a new interim assessment focused for students in grades 3–8. The assessment enables educators to create personalized intervention plan for students with digital, standards-based instructional resources.

12/3/2014

The Sanford Harmony Program is being adopted by Lakeside USD in San Diego County. The program, which promotes positive peer interactions, is being introduced in the district's preschool and transitional kindergarten schools.

12/3/2014

The Minneapolis district is merging everything from attendance to test scores to discipline data into one computer dashboard for teachers and administrators. School officials are hoping the new information will help close what has been one of the largest achievement gaps in the country between whites and students of color.

12/3/2014

Eliminating free all-day kindergarten classes, reducing school weeks to four days to save energy and staff lay-offs are among the options the districts will begin to consider in January. Eight districts say they must now cut millions from their budgets because voters failed to support their override requests in the November election.

12/3/2014

The Florida School Boards Association urged lawmakers to delay the consequences associated with new state tests until 2017. In the meantime, the group stated, local districts should be allowed to determine when students are promoted, when they graduate and how teachers are evaluated — tasks that are largely dictated by student test scores.

12/3/2014

The Indiana State Board of Education will consider changes to the state’s takeover process for failing schools this week. Under state takeover, failing schools are severed from school district oversight and turned over to outside groups — so far all charter school operators — to be run independently under a contract with the state.

12/3/2014

A controversial Illinois High School Association regulation that was passed to force out a group of Sudanese teens from competing for their adopted home school was overturned, clearing the way for Mooseheart to feature South Sudanese and Congolese students who arrived in the town after fleeing their war-torn homelands.

12/3/2014

While agriculture experts are thrilled by an agricultural boom in New York, they fear that a lack of agriculture options in public education, both for students and teachers, will thwart possible agriculture growth in the state.

12/3/2014

The Connecticut Elementary and Secondary Social Studies Frameworks curriculum proposal is a model that local districts can use but is not state mandated. The instruction focuses on students not only knowing the answers to key questions in history, economics, geography and civics but also understanding what questions to ask to separate out valuable information.

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