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9/17/2014

9/17/2014

It is rewarding to give a tax break to those who deserve it. It is not such an easy decision when giving that break means a higher tax rate for people who are already struggling to pay their bills. By allowing school districts to grant property tax exemptions to veterans, New York is essentially pitting taxpayers against each other and sticking school boards with making the call.

9/17/2014

There is a deeper crisis in American education that cannot be solved by better curriculum or more demanding tests. More and more high school graduates lack fundamental critical thinking skills: Without explicit instruction they are unable to identify a problem, formulate a question and offer a solution.

9/17/2014

One of the state's smallest school corporations, Union School Corp., needs to think big if it's to act in the best interest of its students and taxpayers with only two to three years of funds left. The dilemma facing Union is, or will soon be, faced by other school corporations in Indiana. Union might be the first domino to fall but the course it charts will be watched closely.

9/17/2014

The implementation of Common Core has generated an unprecedented explosion in new education technologies. While new guidelines typically result in a windfall for the education industry — as textbooks are updated, test items redesigned, and new workbooks printed — it’s rare that these reorderings make much difference in the lives of students. The Common Core, however, has triggered a flurry of innovations.

9/17/2014

Superintendent John Deasy has filed a public records request seeking emails and other documents involving school board members and nearly two dozen companies including those at the center of the controversial iPad project. The move opens a new front in the fallout over a contract between the LAUSD and Apple.

9/17/2014

Santa Monica-Malibu USD's Board of Education could spend up to $34.4 million to upgrade technology across the district. The cash would come from a bond approved by voters and be spent on software, hardware, new staff and more. One big ticket item, a network upgrade for 809 classrooms and workspaces, could cost about $9.2 million.

9/17/2014

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9/17/2014

Technical schools in Detroit Public Schools are going through a redesign this year, aimed at making their programs more relevant for the jobs of the future. The district is creating 21st Century Workforce Development Centers at four schools where students will be able to dual-enroll in high school and college courses at the same time.

9/17/2014

As part of a pilot BYOD program at a Pennsylvania high school, students are also using their phones with software that coordinates class projects and activities in a somewhat private social network. And students study traditional social networks, like Facebook and Twitter, in a digital citizenship class.

9/17/2014

The Salesforce.com Foundation made a $5 million donation to San Francisco public schools to support technology advances in classrooms, nearly doubling the $2.7 million gift the institution gave to schools last year.

9/17/2014

The proposed Middle School Technical Education Program Act aims to connect middle schoolers to potential careers and the skills they’ll need. The legislation would create a pilot program for schools to partner with postsecondary institutions and local businesses for education, apprenticeships and other opportunities not usually available until high school.

9/16/2014

9/16/2014

Initial performance audits of West Virginia schools will begin this week as part of a new statewide assessment program. Among the reasons for the visits are to identify professional development needs, assess the adequacy of school buildings, and determine if schools are in compliance with state school board policies.

9/16/2014

Maine public schools have a new obligation to help support children of military families. A new military questionnaire will be arriving at homes across the state to help school leaders identify military children. The goal is to help accommodate these students by providing them with support and consistency when their parent(s) are deployed.

9/16/2014

A team at the Purdue Homeland Security Institute at Purdue University has been conducting research to find ways to improve public safety at secondary schools. Their research is looking at ways to slow down an active shooter, who may be targeting people at a secondary school. The data the team collected so far indicates having a school resource officer is valuable.

9/16/2014

For children across the country, returning to school means eating mass-produced lunches. But Oakland's school system is implementing an ambitious plan to transform their lunch program to provide healthier, locally-sourced food.

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