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5/19/2014

5/19/2014

Segregation is still widespread at American public schools, 60 years after the landmark Brown v. Topeka Board of Education ruling, a new report shows. And it no longer impacts just black and white students.

5/16/2014

5/16/2014

A Louisville high school's site-based council gave initial approval to a non-discrimination policy sparked by a controversy over a transgender student's access to a girls' bathroom. The Atherton High School policy bars discrimination based on a range of factors, including age, race or sexual orientation and will also now include gender identity.

5/16/2014

Victoria Schumacher has been hired as the new superintendent of the Coast Unified School District. She has worked with the Yucaipa-Calimesa Joint Unified School District since 2010, where she currently is the assistant superintendent of educational services.

5/16/2014

Ric Frataccia, currently the superintendent of Argos Community Schools, will become the new superintendent of Valparaiso Community Schools. The School Board also hired Frataccia’s choice of assistant superintendent, Julie Lauck.

5/16/2014

Epson and Mimio are partnering to sell MimioStudio classroom software with Epson BrightLink interactive projectors. Under this agreement, Epson will sell MimioStudio software licenses with Epson BrightLink interactive projectors through its reseller network. The software may also be purchased separately by existing BrightLink customers.

5/16/2014

After resistance from district superintendents, the Mississippi Board of Education is likely to again rework its rating system for high schools and districts. State officials said more weight on graduation rates could shift some schools from failing to a “D’’ grade.

5/16/2014

Missouri lawmakers finalized legislation that would charge groups of parents and educators with writing new student achievement benchmarks, potentially paving the way for the state to ditch national education goals.

5/16/2014

An education bill passed by the legislature effectively prohibits chocolate milk from being served in school cafeterias. The ban would make Connecticut the first state to eliminate chocolate milk from all its schools. Some dietitians worry that it will have the unintended consequence of reducing key nutrients in kids' diets.

5/16/2014

In Massachusetts, critics of new national education goals fear that poetry will become an endangered pursuit. While proponents say the federal standards are no less sensitive to rhyme and meter, the suggestion that poetry’s role in class could be diminished struck fear in the heart of some teachers and poets.

5/16/2014

If there’s anything that’s noteworthy about the race to be the next State School Superintendent, it’s the sheer number of candidates. Fifteen.

5/16/2014

The Senate Education Committee advanced a revised $3.6 billion school funding formula after turning down a previous proposal two weeks ago. The state school board's first formula had been rejected because it included a provision that would have automatically hiked spending for schools in the years to come.

5/16/2014

The number of Maine elementary schools that got failing grades for the last academic year nearly doubled, according to statewide school report cards released by the state's Department of Education. Data shows that 52 elementary schools received F grades for the 2012-13 school year.

5/16/2014

Samsung Electronics America announced the availability of the new Galaxy Tab 4 Education – its first tablet specifically designed to support scalable 1-to-1 computing initiatives in K12 schools. The rugged, student-friendly, 10.1-inch tablet integrates with Google Play for Education and can be managed easily via a web-based console.

5/16/2014

I believe the fundamental error we make is in trying to impose reforms from the top down. Real learning takes place when students become excited in the quest for knowledge and challenged to understand a complex problem and devise a solution for it, even if they get it wrong.

5/16/2014

Imposing school transportation costs discourages otherwise sound regionalization programs in rural areas like the Berkshires from being instituted. To push regionalization, the state promised to pay for those costs. It has consistently failed to do so, leaving communities with transportation costs they feared would be their burden should regionalization come about.

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