Industry News

5/1/2014

5/1/2014

A new idea-sharing initiative for schools launched earlier this month in New York City. The Learning Partners program, set to more than triple in size next year, puts schools in groups of three with one school in charge of opening its doors to share what’s working for its teachers and students.

5/1/2014

The proposed legislation would require North Carolina school districts to set up plans allowing families to request a seat in any school in their home district or in any of the state’s other districts. School districts could deny the request for only a few reasons, with lack of space the principal one.

5/1/2014

Virtual Education Software debuted a new graduate level online course titled, "Understanding & Implementing Common Core Standards" (CCS). VESi's CCS course is available to pre-K through 12 education professionals.

5/1/2014

The company's online occupational therapists conduct the same assessments as those performed in traditional, in-person OT settings, including the Beery VMI, the Sensory Profile, family and teacher interviews, and observation of school and functional skills in the student’s natural learning environment.

5/1/2014

The state has launched an online database detailing public school construction costs since 2007. The site will give taxpayers more insight into how Texas public school districts have accumulated a third of all outstanding debt issued by local governments.

5/1/2014

The pressure put on teachers to prepare young students for Common Core, college and careers is too much and should be replaced with inspiring them to explore and discover their learning passions.

5/1/2014

These days, every kid has a list for the start of school. These costs pile up. On top of this pile, Illinois is now considering passing along the cost of required testing to students. The schools should pay, while the role of the parents ought to be to encourage studying.

5/1/2014

Connecticut’s Achievement Gap Task Force is drafting a master plan to ensure that every single child, regardless of race, income or ZIP code, gets a high-quality education. Particularly encouraging in the Task Force’s plan is the focus on early childhood education, especially early literacy.

5/1/2014

Scholastic launched Storia School Edition, a subscription-based e-book solution for pre-K through six, for group and individual classroom reading, and Core Clicks, a web-based instructional program for K5 that supports content area reading in social studies and science.

5/1/2014

A new study from the University of Arkansas found that charters in Tennessee received 15.3 percent more funds than district schools from 2007 through 2011. On a national scale, the opposite was true with districts taking in more in per-pupil funds than charters in their states.

5/1/2014

The bill places limits on the private, nonsectarian school transfer option. The bill would modify the 1993 transfer law requiring unaccredited school districts to pay tuition and provide transportation for students who want to attend an accredited school in the same or adjacent county.

5/1/2014

The West Virginia School Building Authority has decided on how it would distribute $43 million in funding. Board members said they received $100 million in requests this year and chose to fund schools in small, rural counties.

4/30/2014

4/30/2014

When schools need technology and districts can't provide it, sometimes the only way to find the funds is to get creative. Parents and teachers working to raise money for their schools are using technology-focused ideas, such as a tech scavenger hunt, crowdfunding sites and more.

4/30/2014

Latina women made up only two percent of scientists and engineers in 2010 in the U.S. A California after-school program, DIY Girls, is now working to change those numbers by teaching skills such as soldering electronics and using 3D printers.

4/30/2014

Changing industry requirements can mean even the most traditional career tech fields will require more training. While some programs are in cutting-edge fields, like biotechnology, robotics and athletic health care, many are the same programs that have been offered for decades.

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