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1/7/2015

1/7/2015

The city's existing rules bar cellphones and other electronic devices like iPads from school property. But in a sharp departure, new rules will allow each New York City school’s principal to work with teachers and parents to develop a cellphone policy tailored to their needs.

1/7/2015

itslearning's mobile app for iPhones and Android phones automatically sends students notifications of upcoming events and tasks when their teacher posts the information within the itslearning platform.

1/7/2015

A state panel tasked with identifying potential savings in school spending will recommend that school districts have annual financial audits. But it stopped short of recommending a proposal to limit state-mandated teacher negotiation rights.

1/7/2015

Baker & Taylor signed a content agreement with Cricket Media. Under the new partnership, the education media and social learning company will supply Baker & Taylor with content from across its portfolio of children's magazines and K12 multimedia offerings.

1/6/2015

1/6/2015

An analysis of school grades and PACE reports shows a general connection between high-diversity and low-income school populations and lower school grades. Critics of Utah’s newest system of school grades argue that they reinforce Census tract or ZIP code data: Higher-income, less diverse schools get better marks.

1/6/2015

The goal of school is to create moral citizens that will fall in love with learning. We can reform schools but it will never happen because of expensive, invasive software that replace text and teachers. We can reform schools by adopting proven practices.

1/6/2015

Chicago joins dozens of schools districts nationwide in cities like Las Vegas, San Antonio and Tucson that teach students how to sing and play mariachi music.Richard Edwards Elementary School, a largely Hispanic arts magnet school in Chicago, is one of five Chicago schools that the nonprofit Mariachi Heritage Foundation debuted in this fall.

1/6/2015

For the fifth year, Texas districts will have free access to a technology literacy assessment for eighth grade students through the continuation of a partnership between the Texas Computer Education Association and Learning.com. The online assessment, based on the Technology Applications TEKS, measures and reports technology skills.

1/6/2015

Only 11 new charter schools opened this school year in the entire state. The slowed growth this school year signals greater caution after a particularly tumultuous year for charters. More charter schools closed last school year in Columbus alone than opened this school year statewide.

1/6/2015

The Idaho Department of Education is offering grants for schools to implement a hands-on educational garden program. Grants can be used to start a garden program that enhances nutrition education, classroom curriculum, and increases the understanding and awareness of foods and nutrition.

1/6/2015

Five charter schools are asking to add more than 900 seats in response to the continuing demand for school choice. Although charter school enrollment has become a growing presence in Rhode Island, it remains a fraction of the state’s 140,000 students with about 7,000 enrolled students.

1/6/2015

Arizona's Superintendent of Public Instruction John Huppenthal is claiming Tucson USD is violating state law by continuing to teach ethnic-studies classes. He threatened to withhold 10 percent of the district's funding unless the district provides his former office with more information about the curriculum.

1/6/2015

Idaho school districts are collecting more than $180 million in voter-approved supplemental levies in 2014-15. This represents almost a 4 percent decrease from 2013-14 mainly due to reduced levies in three of the state’s largest districts.

1/6/2015

Indiana in 2015 is heading into a renewed debate about how its school funding system should work. But even defining “fairness” gets tricky, as school leaders with different challenges in urban, suburban and rural communities worry that somebody else’s gain from any change to the state’s calculation method could mean less money to educate their students.

1/6/2015

American Reading Company is partnering with Literacy Design Collaborative, a teacher-created instructional design system that utilizes online tools and resources to facilitate collaboration, content development and professional learning to implement college and career readiness standards.

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