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9/9/2014

9/9/2014

Los Angeles announced a pilot program that seeks to clean up neighborhoods around several middle schools. In addition to environmental polluters, the effort will also ramp up checks on parolees living close to campuses, seek out businesses that sell tobacco to kids, train a volunteer force of parents to watch over students walking to school, and seek to return truants to classrooms.

9/8/2014

9/8/2014

A week into the school year, Maine’s first virtual charter school has enrolled close to 300 students. In response, some school districts have explored creating virtual programs to keep students from leaving their brick-and-mortar schools for the virtual charter and taking state and local funds with them.

9/8/2014

In an admissions overhaul that relies on city buses, Nashville area students will be able to choose which high school they attend next year. However, schools located outside students’ current geographic zones would require open seats for them to get in, likely limiting entry into several.

9/8/2014

"School Corporation Size and the Cost of Education," a policy brief from Ball State University's Center for Business and Educational Research, found that consolidation might be the best option for the Indiana's smaller school districts. The study determined that 2,000 students is the minimum efficient scale for school corporations in the state.

9/8/2014

Exceptional schools can dramatically improve test score results, a new study published in the journal Psychological Science notes. However, the study found that so far there is limited evidence that the schools have done much to change the "fluid cognitive skills" of the students.

9/8/2014

Through its Operation KEYS (keeping every youth in school) program, Corpus Christi Independent School District is battling truancy with volunteers visiting truant students' homes and informing them of different options to graduate from high school.

9/8/2014

Toledo Public Schools opened its first single gender school this fall with the male and female students of Jones Leadership Academy separated by floors. The school will start with seventh- through ninth-grade students and expand at a later time through 12th grade.

9/8/2014

A landmark school cheating trial is set to begin in Georgia with school teachers facing up to 35 years in prison. Opening statements are expected to start this month in the trial of 12 former Atlanta Public Schools employees accused of boosting students' scores by altering and falsely certifying students' answers in standardized tests.

9/8/2014

Red Comet is launching several new courses in mathematics related to advanced algebra with financial applications, pre-calculus, calculus, comprehensive algebra and comprehensive geometry.

9/8/2014

All About Learning Press released the final installment in their All About Reading program. All components of reading are taught in Level 4, including decoding (phonics and structural analysis), vocabulary, fluency and comprehension.

9/8/2014

The special needs of children in foster care are too often ignored. Many districts do not even know which students are in foster care and are not tracking their performance. We must work to get child welfare and education agencies in more states gathering data on how children in foster care are doing and taking appropriate action to help them succeed.

9/8/2014

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) has filed a complaint against the Hernando County School District over its single-gender classes at an elementary school, claiming the classes violate federal anti-discrimination laws. The organization also filed complaints calling for federal investigations into the single-sex classroom programs in Broward and Volusia counties.

9/8/2014

Developmental Teaching, LLC announced the launch of Tapcin, a new web-based software application for creating lesson plans and tracking progress. Tapcin also features its own educator's social network designed specifically for teachers to collaborate, create their own colleague groups, and share with others.

9/8/2014

Our nation faces a writing crisis. Instilling foundational writing skills requires intentional focus in the classroom. Giving young students a solid foundation, intervening with older students who struggle, and sharing responsibility for writing across the entire education community can help turn our writing crisis into a writing revolution.

9/5/2014

9/5/2014

A group of Camden parents has sued the state Department of Education, claiming a recent decision to approve two new Renaissance schools was done illegally. The lawsuit alleges that there was a failure to review the charter schools' segregative and financial effects on Camden School District.

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