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9/17/2014

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.

9/17/2014

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

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

Classworks recently added enhancements to its online instructional platform for kindergarten through ninth grade. New developments include integrated reading activities, a student score dashboard, math resources (also available in the Google Chrome Store), and LTI integration and Google Single Sign-on options.

9/17/2014

Schools and districts in the state made modest gains in performance this past school year, according to report cards released by the Department of Public Instruction. Overall, four out of five schools and nearly all districts met or exceeded expectations. There were 116 schools that received the highest rating, up from 86 the previous year.

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

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

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.

9/16/2014

9/16/2014

Current law requires a prescription for epinephrine use in schools. The problem with that approach, however, is that approximately 25 percent of all first-time allergic reactions happen at schools, meaning many students and their families have no idea that they are allergic or will need a prescription until it is likely too late.

9/16/2014

EMC Publishing launched its new immersive Spanish-language proficiency program, ¡Qué chévere!. The series, which offers five levels of Spanish instruction for middle school through high school students, is available in print and digital format. The new Spanish program will be available in a digital format in EMC Publishing’s Passport learning environment.

9/16/2014

Pamela C. Brown has gotten a new start and a new job title as chief of elementary schools for the 40,000-student Fontana USD in California. Brown will supervise 29 elementary schools out of 45 the district operates.

9/16/2014

Snowline Joint USD received $365,000 in approved funding as part of an energy savings performance contract for its first-year Proposition 39 allocation. Proposition 39 funding allows for much needed lighting upgrades and other building improvements with Schneider Electric.

9/16/2014

Five Mississippi school districts have joined the fight to recover their share of almost $134 million owed to them by the Mississippi under the Mississippi Adequate Education Program. The new districts will be joined into the same legal action with the original 14 districts that allege the state violated laws requiring full funding of the MAEP formula.

9/16/2014

Starting in October, state officials will take several steps to revamp Louisiana's publicly funded early childhood education programs. The state's education department will manage early-childhood programs while pre-school report cards will measure teaching, care and education. Coordinated enrollment systems, increased funding and other elements will be included in the changes.

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.

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