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9/12/2014

9/12/2014

A new Missouri law will allow specially trained school employees to carry concealed guns on campuses. It allows anyone with a concealed weapons permit to carry guns openly, even in cities or towns with bans against the open carrying of firearms. In addition, the age to obtain a concealed weapons permit will drop from 21 to 19.

9/12/2014

Fred Heid is officially superintendent of the sixth largest school district in the state. Heid was issued a non-provisional superintendent certificate by the Illinois State Board of Education. Although Heid was credentialed to serve in his previous position as a superintendent in Florida, Illinois does not allow for reciprocity.

9/12/2014

The California district brought in Julie Mitchell, the chief personnel officer for the Tustin USD, to serve as Rowland’s top administrator. The search for a new superintendent began last April, when Superintendent Ruben Frutos decided to step down.

9/12/2014

The Better Business Bureau (BBB) is warning school districts across the country to be on the lookout for fake invoices for educational supplies. In just the last few weeks, the BBB has received more than 3,300 inquiries and nearly 100 complaints from schools in 26 states.

9/12/2014

The Orleans Parish School Board passed a $345 million budget for the 2014-2015 school year, just five days before the state deadline. The school board, which runs six of the city's 83 schools and oversees 14 charters, controls very little of that money. The largest share of the revenues, $138 million, goes straight through to the Recovery School District and state-authorized charter schools.

9/12/2014

Forty-eight Michigan school districts and public school academies are operating in the red, according to a quarterly report from the state's department of education. The report gave a mixed picture of schools’ financial health: While ten districts were projected to climb into the black by the end of the last school year, 12 others that began fiscal year 2014 with a surplus had fallen into deficit by June 30.

9/12/2014

Nearly 270,000 California public school students were homeless at some point during the last school year, according to a California Homeless Youth Project study. The new report shows homelessness among school children has grown from 4 to 8 percent of all students enrolled at public schools since the 2010-2011 school year.

9/12/2014

The Assembly Education Committee voted to advance legislation that would require middle and high school principals to set up advisory committees. Comprised of students and staff, the committees would recommend school breakfast and lunch dishes that would accommodate students’ dietary restrictions or better reflect an ethnic group that has many students in the school.

9/12/2014

Gov. Nathan Deal asked lawmakers to study a plan for a statewide school district that could significantly increase the number of charter schools in Georgia. The governor asked legislators to consider a systemm that gives the state more powers to take over struggling schools and convert them to charters.

9/12/2014

Nodaway Valley CSD is implementing Awareity’s TIPS (Threat assessment, Incident management & Prevention Services) prevention platform to help improve school communications, raise awareness and improve student safety. TIPS is a solution that equips students, teachers, staff, parents and community members to anonymously report bullying, weapons, abuse and other concerning behaviors.

9/12/2014

The Wyoming Department of Education has named PublicSchoolWORKS as an approved provider of training on suicide prevention fundamentals and core competencies for all staff in school districts. Beginning with this school year, Wyoming educators are required to receive a minimum of two hours of suicide prevention training each year to maintain their state teaching licenses.

9/12/2014

A series of new ASCD Educator Effectiveness Institutes will be held on multiple dates in cities throughout the United States. In addition to the traditional one- or two-day institutes, ASCD is also offering a flipped learning institute. The institutes cover diverse topics, ranging from differentiated instruction to turning high-poverty schools into high-performing schools.

9/12/2014

Tragically, violence, hunger, homelessness and abuse have become an unfortunate way of life for far too many students living in cities. Unfortunately, there are not enough programs to effectively treat PTSD suffered by public school students and their parents. Public education policy ignores the reality that many urban students have difficulty learning because of ongoing PTSD.

9/12/2014

Young people are often too willing to take risks, which is why state legislatures and sports organizations must be more aggressive in ensuring the safety of student athletes. A high school game may seem all important to its participants, but adults know better — and they are required to act on that knowledge.

9/12/2014

InfoSnap, Inc. inked a strategic partnership with Software Answers, Inc. to develop a web-based classroom and student management solution, the ProgressBook Suite. This collaboration will offer customers a customized integration between InfoSnap online enrollment and registration and ProgressBook Suite.

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