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7/1/2016

7/1/2016

Illinois political leaders cut a deal on a makeshift budget to keep state government afloat for six months, ensure schools open this fall and rescue the financially struggling Chicago Public Schools—a temporary reprieve to the stalemate that's gripped the the city for a year and a half.

7/1/2016

It's becoming more difficult for schools to accurately gauge the number of poor students they enroll. For decades, schools have defined low-income students as those who enroll in the National School Lunch Program. But if that method is left unchanged, it could have dire consequences for education policymakers and researchers warns a new report.

7/1/2016

A record state budget of $23.7 billion goes into effect, bringing pay raises for thousands of teachers and an expansive road and bridge construction program. But an analysis of state budgets shows, when inflation and population growth are considered, many areas of government spending remain below where they where in 2008 when the recession hit.

7/1/2016

The Wilkes-Barre Area School Board voted to make Curriculum Director Brian Costello the next superintendent. He will begin on September 1, the day after Superintendent Bernard Prevuznak’s retirement takes effect. Costello has worked in the district for 18 years.

7/1/2016

Detroit Public Schools (DPS) was split into two separate districts. Last week, the governor signed into law a controversial $617-million state-aid package that divides DPS into old and new districts. The old DPS will exist just to collect taxes for the purpose of paying down debt, while the new district is focused on educating kids.

7/1/2016

There are 32,646 Massachusetts students are on waitlists for admission to charter schools, according to updated figures. An initiative petition likely to appear on November's ballot will ask voters whether to raise the cap on charter school enrollment in Massachusetts, which could allow new charters to be issued or existing schools to expand.

7/1/2016

Currently, teachers gain tenure after only two years in the classroom. A proposed California bill would have lengthened that period to three years while also giving teachers and principals more mentoring and training. The bill, pared back by amendments, should have gone further.

7/1/2016

Technology for Education Consortium (TEC) will help to improve school and district technology selections by aggregating district purchasing data and contracts with LearnPlatform. TEC members will benefit from increased transparency across districts on education technology contract pricing, statuses and effectiveness.

7/1/2016

As vicious as the fight has been over Kansas' school aid subsidies, it may prove to be a mere skirmish in a larger court challenge focused on the State Constitution’s requirement that a properly financed education be provided for all Kansas students.

7/1/2016

With interactive and realistic visualizations, the fully interactive 3D Classroom Win 10 app is a visual learning tool to help users to navigate through biology, geography, physics, chemistry, mathematics and engineering subject modules.

6/30/2016

6/30/2016

Maryland officials have denied community requests to remove three school board members in an Eastern Shore county following an uproar over the ousting of a popular superintendent. The Maryland State Board of Education found that the requests were not factually or legally sufficient to warrant removal of the board’s relatively new majority.

6/30/2016

With the release of its Safety Management Dashboard, Gaggle now provides deep insight and analytics on violations and incidents when students use Google Apps for Education and Office 365. Gaggle Safety Management combines machine-learning technology with safety representatives who review content 24/7 to ensure students are safe.

6/30/2016

Colorado’s Global Village Academies has partnered with Rosetta Stone in a move to equip its charter students with new tools for mastering their chosen language learning program of Spanish, Mandarin Chinese, Russian, French, or German.

6/30/2016

People hoping to improve the nation's education system could learn a lot from budding education entrepreneurs, who by and large were former teachers or had teachers on their teams. Rather than offering platitudes or infeasible plans to completely reshape the education system, they looked to solve clearly articulated, discrete problems that are right in front of them.

6/30/2016

Blue-collar training without a strong college-preparatory focus reduced both men’s and women’s odds of enrolling in a four-year college. However, men in these communities enrolled in greater numbers of high school vocational courses, had higher rates of blue-collar employment and earned comparable wages relative to men who attended high school in non-blue-collar communities.

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