Industry News

7/9/2014

7/9/2014

Scantron Corporation has announced an alliance with Curriculum Advantage, Inc., developer of Classworks, an online instructional solution for kindergarten through ninth grade. The partnership integrates Scantron Performance Series and Scantron Achievement Series assessment solutions with Classworks.

7/9/2014

Last fall, Chicago Public Schools heralded benefits such as science labs, iPads and extra cash going to schools that would take in students from permanently shuttered schools. This year, those same schools are losing, on average, about 5 percent of their budgets.

7/9/2014

We can’t have a charter sector that’s performing worse than a traditional district. That defeats the purpose of having charters in the first place. The opportunity here in the next three to five years is to get serious about quality — and quality growth, not just growth for growth’s sake.

7/9/2014

New York City officials and teachers union respresentatives announced which city schools will be able to do so by opting out of certain union rules and chancellor’s regulations, starting this September. Sixty-two schools were selected from 107 applicants to take part in the experimentation program, known as Progressive Redesign Opportunity Schools for Excellence.

7/9/2014

Pacific Metrics, a provider of education technology solutions, has been acquired by ACT but will remain a separate, stand-alone company.

7/8/2014

7/8/2014

Scenario Learning and the Florida School Boards Insurance Trust (FSBIT) are partnering to bring the SafeSchools Online Staff Training System to FSBIT member districts. Using the online system, administrators can track training, monitor progress, download compliance reports and view certificates of completion.

7/8/2014

State school Superintendent Mike Flanagan announced he is giving notice to Michigan’s charter school authorizers that he will be exercising his statutory authority to prevent them from granting new charters if authorizers’ performance does not measure up.

7/8/2014

Prince George’s County school officials and residents are divided over whether cell phone towers should be built on school grounds. The county is currently considering a plan for towers on nine sites to be built by Milestone Communications.

7/8/2014

Almost four years after receiving a $1.8 billion FEMA settlement to reconstruct public schools damaged in Hurricane Katrina, New Orleans has completed 11 new schools and renovated seven more, of a planned 82. A Louisiana report confirms, however, that the city's two school systems do not have enough money to complete the plan.

7/8/2014

The Mount Vernon Board of Education has chosen a longtime New Jersey school administrator as the city's next superintendent. Kenneth Hamilton, currently the superintendent for Monroe Township, will replace interim Superintendent Judith Johnson.

7/8/2014

Almost 1 in 5 (18 percent) of high school seniors smoke waterpipes, or hookahs, according to a new study from New York University researchers. The study found that students with more educated parents or higher personal income are at high risk for use.

7/8/2014

Connecticut lawmakers recently passed a new law aimed at preventing the deaths of teenage athletes who may have undiagnosed and potentially fatal heart ailments. It will set new training standards for high school coaches, and require parents of student athletes to be educated about the risks to their children.

7/8/2014

edustation introduced a STEM Lab that combines a math and science curriculum with a simulation lab. Designed for middle and high school students, the edustation Flight Simulators are used to fly the flight plans designed by the students and test the principles and predicted outcomes in accurate flight simulation.

7/8/2014

Amid a backdrop of shrinking budgets and fewer students, Craig Barringer became the Libby School District’s new superintendent. Barringer, currently the superintendent for Conrad School District, replaces K.W. Maki, who held the position for 16 years and announced his retirement last October.

7/8/2014

The Somerset Berkley Regional School Committee and Somerset School Committee approved Jeffrey Schoonover as the new superintendent for both the pre-K8 school district and the regional school district.

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