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5/19/2015

5/19/2015

Chicago's city and school district ratings were pushed to below investment grade. The amount of money the district spends annually on debt has increased by 50 percent to $468 million since 2009. At this rate, the district could face rapid cash burn and an eventual liquidity crisis, pushing it to make cuts to the classroom that are desperately needed.

5/19/2015

Greater communication between school nurses and families on how to manage asthma could help reduce the number of school absences for children afflicted with the chronic disease, according to preliminary data from an ongoing study in Connecticut.

5/19/2015

Houston County Schools, an Alabama school district serving approximately 6,400 K12 students, is now using SchoolDude's CrisisManager mobile safety platform. Administrators at the 14 school locations can access CrisisManager for step-by-step procedures to follow during emergencies.

5/19/2015

The newly repealed controversial salary cap, in place since 2011, prohibits a district chief from earning more than the governor’s $175,000 salary in base pay. But school districts say the cap has led to turnover as superintendents retired, took jobs in other states or switched professions.

5/19/2015

AwesomeStoryBuilder enables students and teachers to author their own stories, reports, papers and curriculum units on the Awesome Stories publishing platform. The 3500 story guides and 100,000 primary sources are aligned to Common Core and state subject standards.

5/19/2015

In many schools, formal education now starts at age 4 or 5. But a growing group of scientists, education researchers and educators say there is little evidence that this approach improves long-term achievement; in fact, it may have the opposite effect, potentially slowing emotional and cognitive development, causing unnecessary stress and perhaps even souring kids’ desire to learn.

5/19/2015

The prevailing scientific theory on attention disorders holds that they are caused by chronic underarousal of the brain. That’s why stimulants are prescribed as treatment for ADHD and similar diagnoses. Slight physical movements “wake up” the nervous system in much the same way that Ritalin does, thus improving cognitive performance.

5/19/2015

After its debut year, Maine appears to be on the path to dumping its new statewide test meant to measure what students have learned. The Legislature’s Education and Cultural Affairs Committee voted to end the state’s membership in the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium.

5/19/2015

Cadillac High School Assistant Principal Jennifer Brown will lead the Cadillac school district as its next superintendent. She will replace current Superintendent Jo Spry, who is resigning from the position at the end of the school year.

5/19/2015

Michael McDowell, the associate superintendent of instructional and personnel services at Tamalpais Union High School District, will start in the position of superintendent for Ross School District in July.

5/18/2015

5/18/2015

Several charter schools in Detroit are battling to keep teachers unions out.

5/18/2015

Grand Forks Public Schools sent a letter to parents via email Thursday warning them of the risks of fentanyl as part of a communitywide effort to combat a recent spurt in deadly overdoses on the drug.

5/18/2015

GPALoveMath is a web-based math program for K5 students to bolster summer learning. The learning platform's adaptive practice algorithm responds to the child’s previous answer to determine the ease or difficulty level of the next problem.

5/18/2015

School campuses across Texas would be rated annually with letter grades of A through F – using student test scores and other measures – under a bill tentatively approved late Thursday by the House.

5/18/2015

A decade after state legislators eliminated what was regarded as one of the worst taxes in Ohio, the move continues to haunt state officials and local school districts.

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