Industry News

9/5/2014

9/5/2014

Patricia Howell, Lowell Joint School District’s superintendent for the last eight years, has announced she will retire in early November. The board’s goal is to find her successor by late October before she leaves.

9/5/2014

Angela Pringle was sworn in as the Richmond County Superintendent of Schools. Pringle, the district’s first female superintendent, will oversee 61 schools and manage a budget of $243 million. She was previously the Region 2 superintendent for DeKalb County.

9/5/2014

Superintendents often get lots of media attention, are in charge of big budgets and, in theory, set the educational agenda. But do they really matter when it comes to student success? Hiring a new superintendent made almost no difference in student success.

9/5/2014

It’s impossible to make the case for expanding the Educational Achievement Authority until the fledgling statewide school district has established a sustained record of improved student achievement and responsible educational administration in the 15 schools it supervises today.

9/5/2014

The Georgia Budget and Policy Institute's updated 2013 “Schoolhouse Squeeze” report on school funding found continued underfunding of the state’s Quality Basic Education (QBE) formula. According to the report, districts would get an average of $439 more per student during the current school year if the legislature fully funded education in line with the state QBE formula.

9/5/2014

The Pennsylvania school district opened the Monticello School, a new school catering specifically to special education students with additional emotional support and autism services offered. The district is partnering with the Scranton Counseling Center and the Friendship House for the new K12 school.

9/5/2014

There are several lawsuits pending in metro Atlanta demanding that licensed gun owners be allowed to take their weapon onto public school property. The latest suit has been filed by a parent in Gwinnett County, calling into question which of the two new gun laws takes precedence on school property.

9/4/2014

9/4/2014

Philadelphia has announced none of its schools were designated “persistently dangerous” for this school year. This is the first time the district does not have any schools designated by the Pennsylvania Department of Education. It is also the fourth year in a row the district noted a reduction in the total number of reported violent incidents.

9/4/2014

InFocus Corporation released a new group of large-venue, professional installation projectors, the IN5310a series, to deliver bright image and flexible projection options to large classrooms. The DLP IN5310a series, which consists of the 6000-lumen IN5312a and the 1080p IN5316HDa, provides connectivity and lenses, and has small form factor to suit most large spaces.

9/4/2014

OSRAM SYLVANIA of OSRAM Americas is launching ORIOS LED lamps, including A-line, MR16, BR, R and PAR lamps. The lamps are rated at up to 25,000 hours. ORIOS PAR, BR30 and R20 LED lamps are dimmable down to 10 percent and are indoor/outdoor rated.

9/4/2014

Volusia County voters approved extending a half-cent sales tax that will pay for a new Pierson Elementary, replacing and renovating facilities and other capital expenses. The tax is expected to generate $32 million annually for 15 years.

9/4/2014

A new joint venture between Midland County Schools and The Greater Michigan Construction Academy began this school year to provide district students an early start on apprenticeships into skilled trades. As the students move through the skilled trades content, they will receive a certification of each module through the National Center for Construction Education and Research.

9/4/2014

McGraw-Hill Education launched Everyday Mathematics 4, developed in partnership with the University of Chicago School Mathematics Project. The new version of Everyday Mathematics is an alternative core program engineered for new education standards designed to promote college and career readiness.

9/4/2014

CK-12 is partnering with Clever to make it easier for districts to deploy CK-12, and for users to access their customizable CK-12 math and science content.

9/4/2014

A new Texas Education Agency study indicates that consolidation of school districts in the five largest counties in Texas would only increase operating costs and not improve student performance. If consolidated, the Dallas County district would be the fourth largest school system in the country with an enrollment of more than 803,000 students.

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