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5/11/2015

5/11/2015

Efforts to revamp the evaluation process were spurred by Utah lawmakers' passage in 2012 of a bill requiring teachers to be ranked on a 4-point scale, with only those earning top rankings eligible for scheduled salary increases.

5/11/2015

More independent schools are pushing to redefine what it means to teach health, shattering the stereotype of awkward classes and squirming students.

5/11/2015

Video games are essentially complex systems that very young children can learn to navigate very quickly. What if we could leverage the skill with which games teach players to play?

5/8/2015

5/8/2015

With about a month left in the legislative session and the fate and finances of charter schools still to be decided, lobbyists backing charter schools are on track to outspend last year's total with over $330,000 in the first quarter of 2015. Only about 1.5 percent of Connecticut school children — about 8,000 — attend the state's 22 public charter schools.

5/8/2015

The Bigfoot Line Array is a loud, powerful, battery-powered portable sound system designed by Anchor Audio, Inc. to provide a portable solution for large events.

5/8/2015

Students in grades 3-12 could be excused from taking a state test and schools no longer would be penalized in accountability reports for students who do not take the test under a proposed bill.

5/8/2015

A new bill may remove seniority as a priority in school districts' decisions on teacher layoffs. It would allow school district officials to lay off teachers based on their employee evaluations and move teacher tenure eligibility from three to five years.

5/8/2015

The chief judge of the state’s special-school finance court assigned the state’s top education finance official to investigate how much of Gov. Sam Brownback’s school block grants will go to schools and how much will go to the state pension fund.

5/8/2015

Washoe County's former public school superintendent Pedro Martinez will be taking over the San Antonio Independent School District in Texas. The district is one of 15 serving the San Antonio area and has about 55,000 students.

5/8/2015

Joseph School District hired Joseph Charter School’s athletic director and sixth-grade teacher, Lance Homan, to take over the district’s superintendent position. He will take over the position from retiring Superintendent Rhonda Shirley.

5/8/2015

Idaho should make dual-credit high school programs and community service opportunities more widely available to rural Hispanic students. Solutions don’t need to be dollar-intensive. What’s needed is to find innovative ways to more meaningfully engage parents, community members and local businesses in students’ learning.

5/8/2015

Google has announced teacher-focused updates to its Classroom mobile application. Teachers can now create, grade and post assignments and announcements as well as offer students private feedback.

5/8/2015

The Water Valley CSD is bringing in Michael McInnis, currently an assistant superintendent in the Grenada School District, as its new superintendent. He will replace retiring Superintendent Kim Chrestman.

5/8/2015

What if we were to abolish all school districts and not force public school students to attend a school based on geographic proximity? The good schools would do what every business facing an increase in demand does: expand. The state's resources, along with bond issues, could be allocated to the high-demand schools.

5/8/2015

The Virginia county's public school board members voted to add “gender identity” to its nondiscrimination policy despite overwhelming opposition from the audience.

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