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10/16/2014

10/16/2014

The Walter D. Palmer Leadership Learning Partners Charter School will hold a lottery this week to cut its student enrollment nearly in half. The action came the same day that the Philadelphia School District opened proceedings to revoke the school's charter. The K12 charter has been operating with 1,290 students on its campuses though it is not allowed to enroll more than 675 students.

10/16/2014

Our policymakers' obsession with test scores is unhealthy and counter-productive. We should stop obsessing about test scores and start obsessing about the health and well-being of children and their families. The gains would be far more valuable than a few points on a standardized test.

10/16/2014

Cleveland's school district has put Issue 4, a 37-year, $200 million bond issue and 0.5-mill continuing levy for maintenance, on the ballot this November. The maintenance levy will raise $25 million a year. The bond will help the district replace about 20 additional schools, improve 20 to 23 other schools and maintain facilities.

10/16/2014

Police and school leaders signed a memorandum of understanding that governs the relationship of the schools with the Providence Police Student Resources officers and gives principals the final say over school discipline.

10/16/2014

A new collection of six web forms for its BusinessPLUS financial and human resources management software is being released by SunGard K-12 Education. The BusinessPLUS Web Form Productivity Pack is designed to help boost efficiency of a school district’s business operations and support employees with managing travel, expenses and vacation time.

10/16/2014

Indiana schools will not receive their "A-F" school grades for at least another three weeks. The State Board of Education voted to delay their release because of problems with how International Baccalaureate scores were recorded for a small number of schools.

10/16/2014

The Maine Charter School Commission voted to move the Maine Virtual Academy one step closer to opening in Maine with a more in-depth review of its application. It would be the second virtual charter school in Maine. Maine Connections Academy opened this fall.

10/15/2014

10/15/2014

In its third public symposium since Gov. Andrew Cuomo assembled a commission to advise how to best invest a proposed $2 billion Smart Schools Bond Act, Smart Schools Commission members called for faster and more widespread broadband services for all state schools.

10/15/2014

Students following a project-based, inquiry curriculum aligned with Next Generation Science Standards outperformed their peers who received traditional instruction, according to a National Science Foundation study. The new curriculum also can help close the learning gaps among minority students in STEM courses and level the field between girls and boys.

10/15/2014

Sioux Falls’ public technical school is exploring a new law that might eventually allow it to operate independent of its local 23,000-student Sioux Falls School District. Southeast Technical Institute officials say self-governance makes sense, giving the school more decision-making clout that could lead to more funding, more students and better programing.

10/15/2014

Norwin High School students who are interested in learning a skilled trade or getting technical training now can do so during their freshman year. The school district is now allowing ninth graders to attend the Central Westmoreland Career and Technology Center in New Stanton, giving enthusiastic students a head start.

10/15/2014

El Paso ISD and CK-12 Foundation are collaborating on replacing paper textbooks with digital textbooks called FlexBooks. These are standards-aligned, fully-customized digital flexbooks built using the CK-12 platform. The change will start with select high school science classes, with more school subjects to follow.

10/15/2014

Net Texts’ educational materials and apps are now available to students and educators on iPhone, Android phones and Chrome. Teachers can find, build and customize multimedia courses from a library of more than 1,000 free Net Texts-curated courses and 21,000 free course materials from other providers.

10/15/2014

Yosemite High School added a green technology and energy conservation course this fall. Among the topics students will study are water conservation and indoor air quality. Part of the curriculum model calls for students to network with industry professionals on projects such as a solar array installation.

10/15/2014

School Improvement Network and Swivl have partnered on a robotic accessory that lets educators capture and share lessons. The device uses an app- and cloud-connected hosting appliance to turn a mobile device into a lecture and presentation capture tool.

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