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4/9/2014

4/9/2014

Learning Upgrade is unveiling its Math Upgrade 6 course to support student mastery of all sixth grade Common Core math standards. Math Upgrade 7 will also be released this month. The Math Upgrade series of courses, designed by educators, covers each standard benchmark in grades one through eight.

4/9/2014

Muskegon Heights Public School Academy System in Michigan has partnered with PresenceLearning to provide 60 of its students with online speech therapy. The school system, which is part of Mosaica Education’s network of charters and online academies, is using PresenceLearning at all four of its schools.

4/9/2014

Utah was in the top spot again among all 50 states on the Foundation for Excellence in Education's Digital Learning Report Card. Many in the education establishment criticize Utah for its large class sizes and low per-pupil spending. However, the state emerges as the vanguard of the nation, with a 92.3 percent score.

4/9/2014

Discovery Education has created a special Earth Day collection of videos, images and articles through Discovery Education Streaming and Streaming Plus. The resources teach students about environmental conservation, sustainability and other science topics.

4/9/2014

The “Religious Viewpoints Anti-discrimination Act” passed both legislative houses by large margins. Under current law, students have the right to express their religious views. This new law is not needed to make this clear. What is disputed, however, is where to draw the line on that expression before a captive audience at school-sponsored events.

4/9/2014

Many charters, including those not-for-profits operated by leading critics of New York City Mayor de Blasio, seem to be more about making money for top executives. Educating children, when it actually happens, is at best a by-product.

4/9/2014

A measure was passed that would provide $2 million to keep the Normandy district open for the rest of the school year. Normandy was financially solvent prior to last summer’s state Supreme Court ruling that upheld the transfer law, which allows children in unaccredited districts to transfer to better schools at their home district's expense.

4/9/2014

The state's board will be considering the addition of Mexican American Studies as an official high school elective. Over 50 percent of the state's public school students are Hispanic. The board is considering a total of 20 new courses this week with several already being developed in response to legislation from the 2013 session.

4/9/2014

A federal judge dismissed a lawsuit challenging the Alabama Accountability Act and said the public school students who filed the suit failed to prove the legislation treats them unequally. The law allows students in failing public schools to transfer to non-failing schools or private schools while their parents get tax credits to cover the cost.

4/9/2014

A proposed merger of two districts in Pennsylvania’s Berks County is being pushed not only as a way to cut costs, but also as a “moral obligation” of the wealthier township. The merger, which is drawing criticism from some parents, students and taxpayers, would create a regional model to serve approximately 5,000 students.

4/9/2014

The Illinois legislature is considering 11 bills that would, among other things, limit where charters can be located, ban them from marketing themselves to students, and abolish a commission that has the power to overrule local boards and grant charter licenses.

4/9/2014

Baltimore school officials presented a budget scenario that calls for sizeable staff layoffs and de-funding key contracts that serve schools if a $31 million deficit is not closed.

4/9/2014

When teachers or coaches are charged in incidents involving sexual relationships with students, it’s disturbing on a number of levels. The potential exists that the offenses will go unreported and could occur again. Schools can currently allow educators to quit quietly and get hired at another school without their past known.

4/9/2014

Mutualink has introduced a secure multimedia communications platform to enhance schools’ safety and security by establishing a direct link with police, fire, EMS and other entities in emergency situations. Mutualink K12, designed exclusively for K12 schools, acts as a gateway for real-time voice, video, data and text communications.

4/9/2014

Students involved in sexting inappropriate images at a Barrington middle school are now facing more serious consequences as a criminal investigation has been launched rather than punishments through the school's student discipline code.

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