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5/30/2014

5/30/2014

The U.S. faces an epidemic of childhood obesity and diabetes. Taxpayers spend $11 billion a year to subsidize school lunches. Congress decided in 2010 that the money ought to go toward healthy meals. Now, however, the rules are under fire from the 10% of school systems that have had trouble implementing them, and from the makers of foods and beverages that don't meet the new standards. 

5/30/2014

The fact is, the 10 lines in the school lunch program bill merely provide a temporary, one-year waiver only for districts that can prove a six-month operating loss. The bill does not pick and choose which nutrition standards school districts must follow. This legislation instead grants the school systems time to comply with the more than 200 policy memorandums that USDA has issued in just the past 20 months.

5/30/2014

The chief financial officer of the Los Angeles County Office of Education was approved to become the San Marino Unified School District’s new superintendent under a four-year contract. Superintendent Loren Kleinrock will retire from his position on June 30.

5/30/2014

The state Education Department has ignored its obligation to ensure that all California students receive a minimum level of instructional time, according to a lawsuit filed by the American Civil Liberties Union, Public Counsel and others. The lawsuit contends the lack of quality learning time for these students is in violation of the state Constitution's equal protection guarantee.

5/29/2014

5/29/2014

A Montgomery County judge ruled that the Alabama Accountability Act, the school choice law passed by the state legislature in 2013, is unconstitutional. The judge issued an injunction blocking implementation of the law prospectively. The decision will be appealed.

5/29/2014

Promethean Inc. (USA) announced that its Promethean Planet won the 2014 SIIA Education CODiE Award for Best Collaborative Social Media Solution for Educators. Promethean Planet is an online educator community connecting more than 1.9 million members around the globe in a collaborative environment. 

5/29/2014

Marshall Cavendish Education, together with Singapore Math Inc., released a new edition of the Primary Mathematics program, which is specifically aligned with the national Common Core. Also available for the 2014-2015 school year is a new digital platform, Primary Digital.

5/29/2014

Discovery Communications and US2020 are partnering to bolster US2020’s goal of matching 1 million STEM mentors with students by 2020. Sponsored by Cisco, the US2020 City Competition's winning city coalitions, representing over 200 companies and organizations, developed innovative models to increase the number of mentors. The winners will share $1 million in financial, consulting and staff support.

5/29/2014

The Los Angeles USD has selected Irving Burton Associates’ In Case of Crisis emergency preparedness mobile app. With three versions planned for faculty, parents, students and the greater community (select versions will also be developed in Spanish), the mobile app will provide guidance on specific emergencies. The district enrolls more than 650,000 K12 students. 

5/29/2014

West Virginia schools are set to get millions to fund construction projects. Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin says the West Virginia School Building Authority successfully sold $26 million in revenue bonds that will fund $30 million in school construction projects.

5/29/2014

State funding for school construction and maintenance has declined by 85 percent over the past five years in Florida. The funding for the Public Education Capital Outlay (PECO) program comes, in part, from a tax paid on the use of landline phones. A proposal before the legislature would instead shift a portion of the revenue from the tax businesses pay on their electric bills to support PECO.

5/29/2014

West Contra Costa residents are some of the most generous in the area when it comes to their schools, approving six bond measures to rehabilitate old campuses and build new ones since 1998. But this year's request for another another $270 million comes as significant opposition to the district's spending habits -- and the secrecy with which it shrouds them -- is beginning to bubble. 

5/29/2014

Oregon schools as a whole began a full-scale switch to teaching to the Common Core State Standards this school year. According to results from the TELL Oregon, 80 percent of teachers reported this spring that the curriculum taught in their schools covers the skills called for by the Common Core.

5/29/2014

A $3.6 billion public school spending plan is headed to the state's House of Representatives. The House Education Committee approved the plan after raising questions about some of the priorities in the plan, including reworking the formula and additional money for high-cost students with disabilities and other changes.

5/29/2014

The Bellingham school district is installing panic buttons in all of its buildings so teachers will be able to call 911 without ever dialing. Once the button is pushed, 911 dispatchers will be able to see and hear what is going on inside the school. 

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