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3/24/2015

3/24/2015

The House Education Committee passed Gov. Nathan Deal’s two bills to empower the state to seize control of schools deemed to be chronically failing. The state would be able remove principals, transfer teachers, change what students are learning and control the schools’ budgets.

3/24/2015

Carroll County Public Schools will bring Discovery Education’s new digital math textbook to its middle and high school classrooms districtwide. Math Techbook features Common Core and state standards-aligned math content, interactives, videos, digital tools and game activities.

3/24/2015

This week, the Kentucky Supreme Court will hear arguments on whether schools can be held liable for failing to stem bullying that causes a student's suicide. The teachers and administrators have prevailed in two lower courts, but the Supreme Court will decide whether to reinstate the lawsuit in a case that could have major consequences with the prevalence of bullying.

3/24/2015

As Americans, historically we’ve wanted public schools to create a level playing field. Schools must be part of the solution. We shouldn’t blame teachers or districts. They’re just dealing with what they’ve been given. Districts don’t decide their own boundaries, but saying that doesn’t absolve us from how schools can help.

3/24/2015

A second major bond rating agency has downgraded Chicago Public Schools' debt, a move that could cost the district as much as $228 million. The move aggravates the already considerable financial problems at the district, which is projecting a $1.14 billion budget deficit next year.

3/24/2015

Public-education systems struggle with a lack of racial and economic diversity. In many cities, the choice of a school is an individual family’s decision that can become entangled with the future health of the school system itself. We are likely to see more equality in these systems when more families are willing to elect to send their kids to schools dominated by lower-class minority populations.

3/24/2015

With so many children getting about half of their daily calories from school meals, it’s critical that school cafeterias provide healthier options. The latest research suggests one way to get kids to eat more fruits and vegetables is for schools to develop menus with chefs.

3/24/2015

The Skokie School District 69 school board has tapped Margaret Clauson, the assistant superintendent at Wilmette School District 39, to fill its superintendent position when Quintin Shepherd leaves for a new job at an Iowa school district.

3/24/2015

Mobile apps by SchoolInfoApp now allow students to securely display their official school ID on their iPhone, Android or other smartphone with scannable barcodes and pertinent information. Another new feature allows teachers to issue digital hall passes to help with schools' out-of-class management policies and procedures.

3/23/2015

3/23/2015

We need an Arizona economic plan that is based in education.

3/23/2015

The prevalence of vacant school buildings across Iowa's landscapes has placed dozens of communities at a crossroads.

3/23/2015

the Baltimore school system was running up a $72 million deficit last year — a gap that officials say will force layoffs for the first time in more than a decade — it paid out $46 million in bonuses, overtime pay and accrued leave, pushing the earnings of many employees well into six figures.

3/23/2015

Boston charter school students outperformed their counterparts at traditional public schools and at charter schools in other urban areas by a striking margin over a recent six-year span, a Stanford University study found.

3/23/2015

A legislative committee on Thursday voted against a bill that urged gun safety education programs be taught to elementary school students, but stressed that schools are free to set up such programs if they want.

3/23/2015

A rewrite of the law could collapse in partisan disarray as in past years. But it could also herald a new era of education, keeping some testing but eliminating prescriptive punishments for schools. At the same time, it could allow some states to lower their academic standards, and others to reduce the amount of federal money flowing to schools that serve the poorest children.

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