Industry News

3/30/2015

3/30/2015

As state and federal school funding sources dry up in Illinois, school districts are having to tap into their reserves and borrow more, despite significant cost-cutting measures taken in recent years, according to a new report by the Illinois State Board of Education.

3/30/2015

A new business intelligence and data analytics platform, 5Sight, is being introduced by Forecast5 Analytics, Inc. to the California public education market. 5Sight enables school administrators to review historical trend data and compare performance metrics for finance, human resources, academic achievement and other school operations.

3/30/2015

Heated debates over K12 school funding — which is the biggest line item in the state budget at almost $2.9 billion this fiscal year — appear to have stalled the progress of the Iowa Legislature's 2015 session. The lack of a deal on school funding levels means school districts can't develop their budgets for the next academic year.

3/30/2015

The National Shooting Sports Foundation debuted How to Talk to Your Kids about Firearm Safety. The a new educational video, starring champion shooter and mother Julie Golob, was created as a resource to start positive and constructive conversations about firearm safety and help responsibly demystify the subject of guns.

3/27/2015

3/27/2015

A move to clamp down on expensive building leases is among the latest changes to a bill that would overhaul state charter-school laws. In addition, a provision was removed that poorly performing schools could not change sponsors without approval by the Ohio Department of Education.

3/27/2015

For the second year in a row, the state legislature is reviewing a bill that would enable parents to initiate major reforms at a low-performing public school. The bill would enable parents of students enrolled in a public school in the bottom 10 percent to petition their local school board to reform their school.

3/27/2015

An amendment to an Indiana bill designed to overhaul the state’s process to try to improve schools that consistently rate a D or F removed a section that would have empowered the state to takeover entire school districts, not just individual schools.

3/27/2015

The state Legislature’s education committee will vote on a bill prohibiting out-of-school suspensions or expulsions for students in preschool through the second grade. The issue has sparked debate between advocates who say the disciplinary measures are ineffective, and some superintendents who say schools need to be able to remove potentially violent students.

3/27/2015

In a move meant to address inequities in staffing and stall the county board's reliance on its fund reserves to cover operating costs, the Jefferson County Board of Education approved a financial recovery plan that will lay off more than 160 positions and switch many employees on 12-month contracts to 10-month contracts.

3/27/2015

Calvin J. Watts, an assistant superintendent for Gwinnett County Public Schools in Suwanee, Ga., will be the Kent School District's next superintendent. He will succeed Edward Lee Vargas, who stepped down in October after six years in Kent to accept a nonprofit position.

3/27/2015

Leland Stocker has been selected by the Montana district to serve as its new superintendent. Stocker is currently serving as the assistant superintendent and personnel director for Havre Public Schools.

3/27/2015

Les Tubb had been the North Carolina district's interim superintendent since the board terminated former Superintendent Edward Pruden's contract in November. Tubb, who has been with Brunswick County Schools since 1975, has served the county as a principal, director of athletics and career technical education director.

3/27/2015

Some of New Jersey's non-public high school football teams have gotten so good that some local public schools no longer want to play them. The state body that oversees high school sports is proposing to split the two high school football groups. Scheduling and restructuring may pose problems, but it would be preferable to mismatches and forfeits.

3/27/2015

When schools and the professionals who run them live or die by test scores, it should be no surprise when teaching to the test becomes a survival tactic. Rich, transformative, far-from-standardized experiences are what truly motivate and challenge children and deeply engage them in learning.

3/27/2015

The STEM Robotics Platform is designed specifically for classrooms, robotics labs and robotics training centers. Material handling and welding platforms are available and include robots that are speed-limited for enhanced student safety.

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