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5/11/2015

5/11/2015

TabPilot debuted new features for itsTablet Manager MDM suite's iOS version. WIth the new classroom features, teachers can distribute content to iPads for student access through the TabPilot File Locker app. IT administrators can now distribute certificates often needed by school web filters.

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

Wyoming was forced to cover the costs of Mammoth Hot Springs students' education in Gardiner after the federal government abruptly announced last year that it could no longer foot the bill for the Yellowstone students, as it had for decades.

5/11/2015

The factors that lead to suicide are extremely complex, and simple lines cannot be drawn between academic stress and young people taking their own lives. But there's been a great deal of soul-searching about the pressures on high school students in the wake of these deaths.

5/11/2015

Fairfax is the largest school system in Virginia with more than 186,000 students. School board member Ryan McElveen, a proponent behind the amendment, said the proposal is designed to bring a "new age of respect," for transgender individuals.

5/11/2015

State officials have long hoped for voluntary district consolidation. Current proposals would ratchet up the pressure on school districts to move forward.

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

Special education teachers and providers at a Flagstaff school must receive more training by early October or risk a loss in federal funding, Arizona education officials said.

5/11/2015

Texas Educational Solutions and StudyDog are teaming up to offer Texas schools a summer program to prepare Limited English Proficient (LEP) students for kindergarten and first grade reading. Schools are required by the state to offer LEP programs over the summer recess.

5/8/2015

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 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

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

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

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.

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