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5/22/2015

5/22/2015

The $6.1 million spent campaigning for three seats on the LAUSD's school board ended in a wash. Both the teachers union and its adversary, groups advocating for charter schools, were successful in their efforts to elect challengers, while losing incumbents they had hoped to re-elect.

5/22/2015

This year, the legislative majority has continuously chosen to focus on strict adherence to a budget concept that leaves Alaska's schools underfunded and lacking any security going forward. Two-thirds of recently polled Alaskans want the Legislature to stop playing the legislative games each year with education funding.

5/22/2015

The Louisiana Senate approved a bill that would bar public and charter schools from suspending or expelling elementary school students for violating school uniform rules.

5/22/2015

Nell K. Duke and Scholastic debuted Information in Action, a new professional development tool that guides teachers to use project-based instruction to help students become better readers and writers of informational text.

5/22/2015

District leaders are holding public meetings to discuss allocating funds using student-based budgeting (SBB). One advantage is that students with the same type of needs would get the same amount of funding, no matter which school they attend. SBB budgeting can give building principals more flexibility to tailor resources to fit their schools.

5/22/2015

With tougher emissions standards looming and the constant pressure to save money, propane has become increasingly attractive as an alternative to traditional fossil fuels for some vehicles. Of the top 25 school bus markets, 19 have propane-fueled vehicles in their fleets.

5/22/2015

Sunburst Digital, Inc. and Parlor Labs partnered bring Ponder, a browser add-on and iOS app used to create micro-responses and annotations. Teachers and students are using Ponder to manage open-ended, self-directed learning across the internet, PDFs and videos.

5/22/2015

Erin MacGregor, Plymouth Canton Community Schools assistant superintendent of teaching and learning, has been offered the superintendent’s job at Howell Public Schools. MacGregor has served the Plymouth-Canton district for 15 years.

5/22/2015

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt launched a new online Developer Portal, in which education technology developers, designers and educators can leverage newly-exposed Houghton Mifflin Harcourt APIs to create learning applications. To mark the launch, the company will host Curious Codefest, a 24-hour developer challenge.

5/21/2015

5/21/2015

The schools plan by Republicans on the Joint Finance Committee would boost spending on public schools instead of cutting it by $127 million over two years as Gov. Scott Walker has proposed. It would also require the state to come up with education guidelines separate from the Common Core standards.

5/21/2015

To standardize the criteria that colleges use for granting credit for AP tests, lawmakers are considering passing a law to require public universities and colleges in Illinois to give course credit for scores of 3 or better.

5/21/2015

Major items in the Texas district's proposal include a new elementary school, a science and technology center for Allen High School, and a new building to replace the facility housing the freshman campus.

5/21/2015

After Gov. Chris Christie imposed a cap on superintendent salaries in 2010, the savings — only about $10 million a year — were really a drop in the bucket. This coming school year, many more superintendents will see their contracts expire. The state Senate voted to lift the cap, before it drives more superintendents to other states. Let's hope the Assembly does the same.

5/21/2015

A former high school student is suing the Illinois High School Association over its head-injury policies, making it the first state association that could face class-action scrutiny and the latest football governing body to be sued over concussions.

5/21/2015

Students in Kentucky are plotting their career paths and finding the grants, scholarships and other funds to pursue their paths as part of the kid-FRIENDLy initiative, a program funded in 2012 by the largest Race To The Top-District grant awarded.

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