Industry News

2/5/2015

2/5/2015

Gov. Scott Walker is calling for a biennial budget that would cut property taxes, keep public school funding in Wisconsin largely flat over two years, cut some 400 state positions and drastically expand school choice programs in the state.

2/5/2015

About 800 school construction projects are piled up in the state Education Department awaiting review, delaying work for months and months and costing taxpayers millions of dollars. The backlog means it can take about six months before staff even begin their review of a particular project.

2/5/2015

Project NextTech is a two-semester course that provides project-based instruction to help students develop technology proficiency, information literacy and media literacy skills. The content for Project NextTech is based on curriculum developed by the nonprofit Generation YES.

2/5/2015

Some say it's about building more great schools and developing great teachers who transform kids' lives. Vocal critics often cite that more needs to be done to address poverty, which remains the single greatest correlate of education outcomes. Why can't we do both?

2/5/2015

In connection to the Edison school district's lawsuit against its insurance company, a judge has ruled that state regulations apply to the district's policy regarding upgrades. The James Monroe Elementary School, which burned down in 2014, will cost $28 million to rebuild, but so far the New Jersey Schools Insurance Group has offered only $9 million.

2/5/2015

Allowing guns on Nevada's school campuses has its obvious drawbacks. But recent school shootings are clear evidence that “gun-free zones” are ineffective at stopping violence at schools. Since there are not enough cops to patrol all schools, finding the right policy that both protects rights and ensures safety is difficult.

2/5/2015

What policy leaders and lawmakers need to assess is how much control they are willing to give up in order to grant sufficient latitude to teachers and administrators to take risks in designing study plans and class structures.

2/5/2015

Worthington Schools in Ohio is the latest school district to sign on with Kajeet, which recently partnered with a national 4G LTE digital network to connect more than 13,000 school districts to safe, affordable mobile broadband for at-risk students.

2/5/2015

Offering full-day kindergarten for residents of School District 41 will require new construction with a cost between $15 million and $30 million. Plan options include modifying existing school buildings, building an early learning center or building a new K5 school.

2/5/2015

There’s little support among local officials for a bill that seeks to give North Dakota’s sheriffs the power to close schools if they believe the weather is too unsafe for travel. House Bill 1380 also takes school districts off the hook for days lost if sheriffs close schools.

2/4/2015

2/4/2015

More than 700 titles have been added to the Capstone Interactive eBooks collection. Among the newly added eBooks are titles from Capstone’s licensing collaborations with Warner Bros. Consumer Products and DC Entertainment, Sports Illustrated Kids, and the Smithsonian Institution.

2/4/2015

A new vocational school for the midcoast area is needed at an estimated cost of $25.5 million. The existing Mid-Coast School of Technology provides technical and career education for about 400 students from five schools.

2/4/2015

From experimental scientific research at Oak Ridge National Laboratory to industry certifications in welding, Oak Ridge Schools’ students are being provided with multiple avenues to train for STEM careers.

2/4/2015

Online and blended learning in schools has grown rapidly over the last several years. Momentum is only building as schools seek ways to boost achievement through the personalization of learning, increase access and equity, and control costs.

2/4/2015

Scholars who study online education are recommending that states curb the growth of full-time virtual schools until better quality safeguards are put in place.

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