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11/18/2014

11/18/2014

It is possible that the state's small school districts are very efficient, and can make the case that there are no great savings to be had with consolidation. But the state pays around 60 percent of K12 costs in North Carolina. In exchange for that, the legislature has a right to ask hard questions about consolidation.

11/18/2014

The Bethlehem Area School Board rejected a charter school's bid to open a second location in a closed Catholic school, citing concerns about the separation of church and state.

11/18/2014

After the Philadelphia School District announced that it would accept applications for new charter schools for the first time in seven years, it received 40 submissions. If all are approved, the schools eventually could add 40,341 more seats in charter schools in a district that already has 67,000.

11/18/2014

The nation’s 22nd-largest school system, Cypress-Fairbanks ISD, has selected Netchemia’s TalentEd Recruit & Hire to manage its applicant tracking and hiring processes.

11/18/2014

There may be aspects of the Common Core Standards that are useful to students and teachers. The problem is that student learning is just collateral damage in No Child Left Behind, Race to the Top and Common Core. From the start, Common Core has always been primarily about corporate profits and high-stakes testing.

11/18/2014

The flow of state money to 33 charter schools authorized by Louisiana’s education board will continue, a judge decided, but a teachers’ union and the Iberville Parish school system will get another chance to stop it in December. The union and school system contend the use of state money at the charter schools is unconstitutional.

11/18/2014

Through a new partnership with Destination Imagination (DI), PCG Education will repurpose and incorporate DI hands-on STEM, arts and service learning content into in-school curriculum and afterschool programs for K12 students. PCG will also partner with DI to deliver summer camp programming.

11/18/2014

Training teachers to promote structured play among kindergarteners yields improved reading, vocabulary and math scores that persist into first grade, according to a new study on the "Tools for the Mind" technique.

11/18/2014

Paul Casciano, who became superintendent of the New York school district eight years ago at one of the most tumultuous times in its 181-year history, will retire at the end of the school year. The longtime educator has more than 40 years in the district as a student, teacher, principal and its top official.

11/18/2014

The largest county in Texas's board of education has chosen James Colbert, Jr. as its new school superintendent. Since 2011, Colbert has been superintendent of West Orange-Cove Consolidated ISD in Orange, Texas.

11/18/2014

Cogmed Working Memory Training, an evidence-based, computerized training program designed by neuroscientists to strengthen students’ working memory, has been updated by Pearson to make it more user-friendly, flexible and comprehensive for educators and clinicians.

11/17/2014

11/17/2014

By retreating from the state’s century-old commitment to an “absolutely free public education,” the Department of Education has opened the door to a two-tier educational system, one that offers enhanced educational opportunities for those who can pay for them and inferior ones for those who can’t.

11/17/2014

For decades, we've let virtually anyone with a college degree become a teacher. According to Sandra Feldman, then-head of a national teachers union, this approach is "disastrous."

11/17/2014

Too few of our modern-day state leaders appreciate the absolute role they must play in bringing about substantive change in America’s schools.

11/17/2014

In a change educators say will allow them to better measure student learning, the Selah School District is replacing traditional letter grades with a four-point number system at some of its schools.

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