Industry News

5/14/2014

5/14/2014

For years, we have been hearing about the great American STEM shortage. The federal government and state and local school districts have been pouring millions into upping the number of STEM graduates. Yet the evidence for a broad-based shortage of graduates in these fields doesn’t appear to exist.

5/14/2014

Catapult Learning and LTS Education Systems are partnering on blended learning solutions. Through a combination of Catapult Learning’s instructional intervention programs and the LTS Stride Academy adaptive online learning platform, the partnership will help struggling K12 students to achieve grade level mastery.

5/14/2014

Schools throughout Indiana have spent millions rigging classrooms with interactive systems, in some cases replacing textbooks with digital devices. But too often schools and students' homes lack the fast, reliable Internet connections to support the digital shift, leading some teachers to pull back on use of digital devices.

5/14/2014

The Bethlehem Area Vocational-Technical School's board may vote to prohibit charter students from taking classes at the school. Some in the community say it's unfair for charter students to attend the vocational-technical school when the public district provides 70 percent of its funding.

5/14/2014

A who's who of the tech industry elite is lobbying Gov. Jerry Brown to upgrade the computer science curriculum in California's classrooms. The state is taking steps to increase its offerings but it lags far behind others like Texas, say the tech leaders, who are led by Code.org co-founder Hadi Partovi.

5/14/2014

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio touted education initiatives in his executive budget, including $4.4 billion to help address overcrowded classrooms over the next four years. He also spoke about an extra $20 million in the budget for arts education.

5/14/2014

Beginning next school year, San Francisco public schools can set their own policies on allowing students to wear hats, caps or other head coverings - rules previously regulated by the San Francisco USD. Fourteen of the California district's 19 high schools have already adopted rules on wearing hats in class.

5/14/2014

ASCD released four new titles that support academic achievement, including two professional development titles about best practices and strategies and two ASCD Arias publications.

5/14/2014

As part of a new agreement between Cengage Learning's Gale and the Texas State Library and Archives Commission, more than 5 million Texas public school students in more than 9,000 schools will have online access to 15 Gale databases and a collection of ebooks from Gale Virtual Reference Library.

5/14/2014

Harsh and unequal school discipline practices in a number of South Carolina communities disproportionately push out black and Latino students from the classroom into the criminal justice system. In order to enable all children to succeed, we need them to stay in school.

5/14/2014

CalSTRS, the California teacher retirement fund, holds nearly $74 billion less in assets than it needs to meet its pension obligations, and the gap is growing by $22 million daily. Gov. Jerry Brown's revised budget proposes to bring in more pension contributions from teachers, taxpayers and school districts.

5/14/2014

A national coalition filed a federal civil rights complaint alleging Louisiana's school closure policies discriminate against black children. It says the state shuts down conventional New Orleans schools that are almost entirely black even when they show improvement, while giving poorly performing white schools a pass.

5/14/2014

A Louisville high school finds itself embroiled in a debate over gender identity and discrimination after complaints that a transgender student is being allowed to use the girls' facilities. The incident has reopened the debate about whether Jefferson County Public Schools should explicitly include transgender students and employees in the district's nondiscrimination policy.

5/14/2014

The board of Pittsburgh Public Schools plans to vote this month on whether to add a student bill of rights - written by students - to the student code of discipline.

5/14/2014

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt has acquired Channel One News. The digital content provider produces daily news programs that are broadcast to nearly five million students via satellite and online at ChannelOne.com.

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