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7/6/2015

7/6/2015

Ask any educator what the major challenge is in providing the effective professional learning needed to implement Common Core State Standards, and the answer is the same: Time.

7/6/2015

With HTML5 as its core technology, eSchoolPLUS 4.0 offers expanded features including responsive design, advanced navigation tools, and mobile-first design concepts.

7/6/2015

his is another case of good intentions being implemented with bad policy, and the money could have been better spent to promote teaching as a professional career.

7/6/2015

Passed last year, Act 166 requires every school district to provide access to at least 10 hours per week of free pre-K for all children ages 3 to 5 not in kindergarten during the school year, either by running an in-house program or paying tuition to independent providers.

7/6/2015

Unless we modernize our elementary and secondary education systems with a greater focus on college and career readiness, we will never have the robust pipeline of skilled workers our knowledge economy demands.

7/2/2015

7/2/2015

The Anchorage School District is having one of its busiest summer construction seasons in almost a decade. About $170 million worth of projects are taking place this summer, ranging from parking lot improvements to major renovations.

7/2/2015

A bill to curb construction noise within 75 feet of public and private schools to less than 45 decibels during school hours is being pushed by some New York City Council members concerned about the effect on learning. It is facing resistance from the building industry, which sees the bill as impractical.

7/2/2015

Florida plans to give teachers up to a $10,000 bonus based on how the teacher scored on the SAT or ACT. What does a teacher's score on a college entrance exam 10 or 20 or more years ago have to do with their current performance in a classroom?

7/2/2015

The U.S. Supreme Court agreed to decide the constitutionality of compulsory union dues being challenged by 10 California public school teachers. The teachers have $1,200 a year deducted from their paychecks to pay the association not only for its union representation, but also for union political activity to which the plaintiffs object.

7/2/2015

We should be testing the bottom 25 percent of each class by a vision specialist who does two exams — not just at 20 feet but also for reading difficulties at 16 inches. The cost would be compared to money saved in teaching and the sequence for poor readers of remedial reading, dropping out, committing petty crime, going to prison and recidivism.

7/2/2015

Gov. John Kasich has decided that math and English PARCC testing will no longer happen in the state. The proposed bill bans the state from spending any money on the testing. Instead, Ohio students will be tested on Common Core standards once a year, at the end of the year, with an American Institutes for Research assessment.

7/2/2015

Chancellor Carmen Fariña’s redesigned system for supporting and overseeing schools entered a new phase with the official launch of seven new help centers where schools will turn for guidance on everything from budgeting to teacher training.

7/2/2015

The state Department of Education has decided to appoint a chief executive officer to oversee day-to-day operations of Winchester's schools for at least the next two years because they suffered from "egregious lack of fiscal oversight."

7/2/2015

In his most recent inspection of city school buildings, Philadelphia City Controller Alan Butkovitz once again found unsanitary and dangerous conditions. Visits to 20 schools turned up water leaks, missing fire extinguishers, mold, unsanitary bathrooms and more.

7/2/2015

Across the nation, there has been greater scrutiny of Confederate symbols and tributes with 28 public schools in Texas named after Confederate leaders. Many of those school names are decades old. But many of those schools’ populations represent the new Texas – with nonwhites making up more than half of their students.

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