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8/1/2016

8/1/2016

With some of the nation’s most devastated schools, Detroit is in desperate need of new ideas, new energy, and lots of money. But when local advocates approach organizations that have invested millions of dollars—and countless hours of problem-solving—into jumpstarting troubled schools, the answer often comes back the same: No. 

8/1/2016

Florida Virtual School has selected D2L to deploy its Brightspace platform as the district’s new learning management system. The two organizations will begin working together immediately to develop a transition plan for integration of the new system.

8/1/2016

The number of students refusing to take New York's standardized exams grew slightly this year, with more than one in five eligible test takers not participating.

8/1/2016

A proposed amendment to ESSA, drafted by U.S. Secretary of Education John King, the former New York education commissioner, would punish schools with high opt-out rates by having school ratings lowered and require improvement strategies.

8/1/2016

Defenders and opponents of a school choice law passed by the 2015 Nevada Legislature drew equal optimism from the pointed questions asked last week during two state Supreme Court hearings over the controversial measure’s constitutionality.

8/1/2016

Troy CCSD 30-C in Illinois will integrate Accelerate Learning’s STEMscopes NGSS digital STEM curriculum into its curriculum in grades pre-K through 8 district-wide. Developed in conjunction with Rice University, STEMscopes provides digital resources, supplemental print materials and hands-on exploration kits.

8/1/2016

The leaders of the Satanic Temple plan to introduce its After School Satan Club to public elementary schools, including one in Prince George’s County, petitioning school officials to allow them to open immediately as the academic year starts. 

8/1/2016

The Madison School Board in Wisconsin is debating the renewal of a contract with the Madison Police Department that places officers full time in four Madison Metropolitan School District high schools, citing concern if whether police involvement in school discipline incidents is criminalizing behavior that doesn’t need to be and putting kids in the criminal justice system when they don’t have to be.

8/1/2016

With the MasteryConnect Teacher App, teachers use iPads to gather in-the-moment formative data to document student performance at the assessment level, with the ability to upload photographs and notes, then tie them directly to that assessment within the MasteryConnect interface.

7/29/2016

7/29/2016

The Louisiana school district's school board ended its search for the district's next schools superintendent with a decision to offer the spot to Arthur Joffrion Jr. Joffrion currently serves as executive assistant superintendent for the Rapides Parish School District.

7/29/2016

The State School Reform Office-appointed East Detroit school CEO charged with overseeing the turnaround of four East Detroit schools will finally be able to begin work—with some limits—after attorneys reached an agreement in court. Under the agreement, he cannot unilaterally control state funds or terminate or modify the contracts of teachers and administrators.

7/29/2016

A student has filed a federal Title IX lawsuit against his Wisconsin school district. The transgender teen says the Kenosha School District has essentially created a surveillance program to monitor his bathroom usage, with plans to issue green wristbands to help identify transgender students.

7/29/2016

Four New Mexico school superintendents made their case for greater clarity in state grading of public school performance and state assessments of students’ standardized test results in a wide-ranging discussion during a joint appearance before the Legislative Finance Committee, which met this week.

7/29/2016

For one thing, the ultimate decision-maker in any district needs to be notified immediately of threats to maximize time for decision-making. Time, then, is vital for those who must decide if a threat is real. The more school officials realize this, the more responsibly they will be able to act.

7/29/2016

When the public gets its first glimpse of the school built to replace the one where 20 first-graders and six educators were massacred, they'll see a building designed to be attractive, environmentally friendly, conducive to learning, and above all, safe.

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