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6/4/2014

6/4/2014

While the effort to expand families’ access to tracking devices is a worthy one, it shouldn’t overshadow the lower-tech strategies for preventing and responding to wandering by children with autism: collaboration, education and sharing information. Though safety can be enhanced by technology, it shouldn’t depend on technology.

6/4/2014

The idea of "the walking school bus” is that, under parental supervision, pupils within reasonable walking distance to their elementary school walk as a group, starting at the most distant house. The idea makes all kinds of sense; it gives students much needed exercise, saves on the cost of operating real school buses and involves parents and neighborhood.

6/4/2014

July 10–12, 2014
Nashville, Tenn.

6/4/2014

Some teens will become parents. While schools certainly don’t promote parenthood at such a young age, yearbooks that feature photos of babies along with sports, honor rolls and clubs seem to condone teen pregnancy as just another part of high school life.

6/4/2014

July 14–17, 2014
Santa Fe, N.M.

6/4/2014

Boston should unshackle schools from union-contract provisions and central-office mandates that undermine teaching and learning and instead let all of them operate autonomously, much like charter schools, according to a report released by The Boston Foundation.

6/4/2014

The Maine Charter School Commission voted to extend the enrollment deadline after Maine’s first virtual charter school reached a June 1 deadline nearly 50 percent short of the 243 students it’s required to enroll for the next school year. As a result, districts that will lose funding for students who switch to the online school may have less time to plan or adjust their budgets.

6/4/2014

The Gary School Board voted to close six school buildings, including three elementary schools, a special needs center, a middle school and the Lew Wallace STEM Academy. Twelve schools will remain open. The city has lost 50 percent of its population, 60 percent of the staff does not live in the city, and the tax collection is at 42 percent.

6/4/2014

Schools are strapped for cash and cutting back, so students are relying more on booster clubs to raise money. The clubs are usually nonprofits run by parents. An NBC News investigation found dozens of cases where some of those parents were stealing from the kids — tens or even hundreds of thousands of dollars.

6/4/2014

Gov. Terry McAuliffe announced a partnership with a San Francisco-based nonprofit working to improving Internet access in public schools. The pilot project with EducationSuperHighway will wire Virginia for broadband, starting with schools. Virginia was selected, in part, because data suggest its schools pay more for Internet service and network connectivity.

6/4/2014

In Florida's Pasco County, Superintendent Kurt Browning has recommended eliminating the honoring of valedictorians and salutatorians beginning with next year's freshman class. Instead, top-performing students would be honored in groups by Latin terms signifying achievement levels.

6/4/2014

Des Moines' school board decided that teachers will not be able to accrue benefits for unused time off after this June and moved to cap the amount that can be spent on the district's early retirement program in the 2015-2016 fiscal year. The revised program will also give out a payment in one lump sum, instead of over five years.

6/4/2014

PlascoTrac's new cloud-based incident management solution, Hero, has been selected by Horry County Schools in Myrtle Beach, S.C., to help streamline the process of creating, approving and reporting incidents within its schools using the Incident Manager module of PlascoTrac's PowerSchool.

6/4/2014

Maryland’s Prince George’s County Public Schools and Discovery Education are expanding their 10-year partnership. In this new phase of collaboration, Discovery Education will present the largest professional development event in the school system’s history, as well as provide students access to Discovery Education Science Techbook in the 2014-2015 school year.

6/4/2014

Edgenuity has released its new Algebra I, a full-year course focuses on the Common Core model pathway for algebra. The program is designed to deepen students’ understanding of linear and exponential functions and develop fluency in writing and solving one-variable equations and inequalities.

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