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4/3/2014

4/3/2014

Making test scores too high a priority can ultimately limit students' real potential. Taking a broader perspective with a variety of enrichment options enhances not only test scores, but more important predictors of life success.

4/3/2014

New York City's mayor and the governor just hammered out a truce over charters that most people probably assume only matters in that state. They are wrong.The fact that a governor like Andrew Cuomo, someone mentioned as a future presidential contender, came out so strongly in support of charters won't go unnoticed nationally.

4/3/2014

Amid a $1.7 billion backlog in funding, school officials and building industry representatives are asking lawmakers to overhaul the way Pennsylvania pays for public school construction. The state’s Planning and Construction Workbook is an 11-step process for local districts to get reimbursed by the state for renovations and new building.

4/3/2014

Maryland's General Assembly has passed a bill that could raise costs for school construction. The measure would require all school construction projects that get at least 25 percent of their money from the state to pay workers the prevailing wage.

4/3/2014

In the 2012-2013 school year, the total number of North Carolina's reportable acts of school crime and violence, suspensions and the use of corporal punishment continue their downward trend. According to the 2012-2013 Consolidated Data Report presented to State Board of Education, expulsions did increase.

4/3/2014

In Los Angeles Unified, the nation's second-largest school system, students throw out at least $100,000 worth of food a day, amounting to over $18 million a year. The district is exploring different options to reduce the food piling up in school trash cans.

4/3/2014

Charter schools are here to stay in North Carolina. Some supporters thought open-government laws applied to the charters. As charter school numbers increase, however, the ability of the taxpayers to keep track of just how their money is spent is shrinking. State lawmakers should plug that apparent hole in the charter school law.

4/3/2014

Paola voters approved Paola USD 368’s proposed $17 million school bond. Bond plans will include safety and security improvements at all of the schools, tornado shelters at all district facilities, renovations to the middle school and various other projects.

4/3/2014

A $2.4 billion state construction budget that funds an array of community, school and park projects has cleared the Ohio Legislature. The proposal directs $675 million toward primary and secondary schools.

4/3/2014

Parkview School District voters approved general obligation bonds in the amount of $17 million to renovate two schools. The construction referendum passed by only 26 votes.

4/3/2014

Casio America introduced its first LampFree Ultra Short Throw projector. With brightness up to 3100 lumens and an ultra short throw ratio of 0.28:1, Casio’s new XJ-UT310WN is primarily designed for the education market with application tools that integrate with mobile technologies in the classroom.

4/2/2014

4/2/2014

There’s something about technology, social media and the relaxed boundaries they seem to encourage that are contributing to what some observers perceive as a growing problem of inappropriate teacher-student contact

4/2/2014

The Chambersburg Area School District chose Nevin Greesey as its new supervisor of data collection and integration. He will be responsible for overseeing data gathering and input to fulfill mandates from the state Department of Education.

4/2/2014

Close to 100 venture-backed education-focused startups raised over $500 million in the first quarter of 2014, marking the single biggest quarter for capital committed to the sector in the past five years, according to CrunchBase data.

4/2/2014

Big Spring School District in Pennsylvania has selected Follett’s Aspen student information system for its student data collection, reporting and management. The Aspen platform connects student information to classroom curricular, educational and communication tools.

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