Industry News

6/5/2014

6/5/2014

Concerns about charter school students stalled a push to ask Palm Beach County voters to continue a special property tax that pays for arts education. Charter school advocates object to being left out of the money dedicated to paying for arts and music teachers and other elective programs at schools run by the district.

6/5/2014

Franklin Special, Tipton County and Sevier County School Districts have designated Skyward as their student information system vendor beginning this fall.Tennessee selected Skyward as a preferred Student Information System vendor to maximize the collection and reporting of student data and information.

6/5/2014

Just launched by District Administration magazine, Districts of Distinction is a national recognition program to honor school districts that are leading the way with new ideas that work. The program will provide national recognition to districts with established initiatives that are yielding quantifiable benefits, and that could be replicated by other districts.

6/5/2014

Two new education nonprofits have adopted Torsh Inc.'s TALENT platform. Teaching Trust will utilize the product in its leadership development programs to capture and share on­-the-­job video while Breakthrough Collaborative will incorporate TALENT this summer into its Breakthrough Birmingham and Breakthrough Oakland locations.

6/5/2014

The tougher Common Core standards are a seismic shift in education meant to better prepare kids for college, career and the global economy. New standards as rigorous as the Core require other changes to the curriculum and materials needed to teach it. Right now, much of that stuff just isn't ready.

6/5/2014

One of the most contested points of teacher contracts is the issue of tenure. As a piece of the larger teacher contract puzzle, tenure has been an important stand in the education industry's history. Based on the contemporary K12 landscape and trying to truly reform K12 learning, should teachers stop fighting the tenure battle?

6/5/2014

Located in Oklahoma's "Tornado Alley," Locust Grove's new schools incorporate the increasingly popular alternative of topping schools with thin-shell concrete domes for better safety and temperature control. In addition to costing much less than the traditional price of school construction, the use of air-form technology cuts building costs.

6/5/2014

The Take Shelter Oklahoma organization that supports building storm shelters in every Oklahoma public school plans to launch a new initiative petition drive to get the measure on the ballot. The effort comes a little more than a year after a massive tornado destroyed Plaza Towers Elementary School in Moore, killing seven students.

6/5/2014

As the city of Garland turned heavily Hispanic over the past decade, the Garland ISD hired foreign teachers with the promise of a green card. Now dozens of teachers are uncertain whether they will be able to permanently live in the U.S., as federal agencies investigate the district for allegedly exploiting the worker visa program under which they were recruited.

6/5/2014

Research conducted for Tennessee's Shelby County Schools found that 60 percent of teachers hired March through May 2013 were rated in the top two evaluation categories while June and July hires were more likely to leave the district within one year. Children lose out when districts have to wait later to hire new teachers, missing the best teacher talent.

6/5/2014

The West Virginia Ethics Commission is considering the issue of whether a police officer may sit on a county board of education. Questions arose as to what constitutes a public office and whether Clarksburg Police Officer Michael Daugherty, who has already taken one oath to a sovereign body, could take another to serve on the Harrison County Board of Education.

6/5/2014

After nearly five years without a contract, New York City's public school teachers have overwhelmingly voted to approve a new deal with the city that will give them back pay and small raises. The contract ensures the teachers will receive the value of 8-percent raises for two years previously worked, as well as 10 percent in salary increases spread over seven years.

6/5/2014

In response to concerns about implementation of Common Core, the state has delayed the accountability provisions for students, teachers and schools. But it is important to stick with the new standards and the test developed by the Partnership for the Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers, which Louisiana educators have helped create.

6/5/2014

Premier Literacy released Version 16 of its flagship suite of Accessibility Software, now including the launch of Premier Cloud Connect to directly link students, their learning tools and essential content to the Cloud via Google Drive, Dropbox or OneDrive services.

6/5/2014

Over the next five years, New York City will allocate $490 million to reduce class sizes, $480 million to scrap trailers used as temporary classrooms, $480 million to remove toxic PCBs from schools and $50 million on science labs.

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