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4/11/2016

4/11/2016

The state Senate passed a controversial charter school bill that would gradually lift a cap on charter schools in low-performing districts but would tie the cap lift to an increase in funding for district public schools.

4/11/2016

A new national study of how states pay for public education ranked Florida near the bottom of states in how it spends tax dollars for education. Florida ranked 42nd for education funding per student and 49th for the number of teachers per 100 students in public schools.

4/11/2016

Service learning is an opportunity for students to work on interesting, real-world projects and apply their learning skills in a manner that focuses on helping others. Include a monetary cost for the amount of time each student put into his/her cause, and add any things created by the students for their community or cause and you get social currency in the millions.

4/11/2016

The university recently made several enhancements to its online certificate program for professional, adding a new course called Network Security and updating the Emerging Threats & Defenses course to reflect the latest knowledge.

4/11/2016

The issue of state funding for schools, and state cash assistance to Chicago Public Schools, always results in a rancorous debate in Springfield that tends to fall along not just partisan but geographical lines. The issue is exacerbated by concerns that the state budget impasse could extend past the start of the next school year.

4/11/2016

High schools are increasingly turning to external, for-profit providers for online credit recovery. A new report found that 69 percent of students got D's or F's when studying with the software, versus 47 percent in a regular class. In addition, the software-based courses actually cost schools more than teaching them face-to-face.

4/11/2016

The Ohio building standards board gave final approval to rules allowing schools to deploy barricade devices in the event of an active shooter, but a disability rights group said they are not consistent with federal law ensuring equal access.

4/11/2016

The 18 percent staff reduction, triggered by the effects of the state budget crisis on the Oklahoma school district, will save the district $5.1 million in the 2016-17 school year. The 92 administrative positions being cut are in addition to the recently announced reduction in 208 teacher positions.

4/11/2016

Detroit public schools’ students are experiencing “serious and permanent” damage from the appointment of multiple emergency managers to run the district, according to a new federal lawsuit. The lawsuit aims to cover more than 58,000 students.

4/11/2016

Gov. Terry McAuliffe has vetoed a bill that would allow some students to use public funding to pay for private school tuition. The bill seeks to allow parents of students with disabilities to use a portion of their child's share of state school funding to cover educational expenses, like textbooks and tuition at a private school.

4/8/2016

4/8/2016

The Minnesota district’s next long-term leader has been within the district for the last seven years. Matt Hillmann, the current director of administrative services, will replace retiring Superintendent Chris Richardson.

4/8/2016

A federal judge temporarily barred Rich Township High School District 227's school board from forbidding speakers to criticize officials by name at board meetings. The purported policy bans criticism—but not praise—of school officials at meetings of the board of education.

4/8/2016

The Detroit school board has filed a class action lawsuit against Gov. Rick Snyder, former emergency managers and other officials, blaming them for poor financial, academic and building conditions in Detroit Public Schools.

4/8/2016

With more than 95 percent of Coachella Valley school district's students living below the poverty line, many can't afford Internet access at home. The district now leaves eight buses with Wi-Fi overnight in various neighborhoods to act as hot spots. The school district is now turning salvaged cars into even more mobile hot spots.

4/8/2016

The Beavercreek City School District Board of Education named Paul Otten as its new top leader. Otten, now the Fairfield City Schools superintendent, will replace Superintendent Bill McGlothlin, who plans to retire in July.

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