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2/11/2016

2/11/2016

A constitutional amendment that would set up a statewide entity with the power to approve charter schools anywhere in Florida—bypassing local school districts—is headed to the House floor, along with a bill that would allow parents to send their children to any unfilled schools in the state.

2/10/2016

2/10/2016

Increasing state aid to schools has repeatedly been recommended as the best way to address Nebraska’s high reliance on property taxes to fund K12 education. Proposals to limit spending, however, don’t get to the root of the property tax problem and stand to harm to our state’s outstanding schools.

2/10/2016

The Iowa Senate, voting along straight party lines, is supporting a 4 percent increase in state funding for pre-K through 12th grade schools for the 2017-18 academic year.

2/10/2016

LAUSD's administrators and board of education are becoming increasingly resistant to greenlighting new charter schools. Charter supporters say the district is unfairly scrutinizing their independently run campuses because it sees them as a threat.

2/10/2016

SMART Technologies Inc. has added 75-inch models of SMART kapp iQ and SMART kapp iQ Pro, the newest version of the SMART kapp app, and a collection of new global install and onsite support services. New features include additional ports, mini PC compatibility and the ability to ink over many design and engineering applications.

2/10/2016

A diploma-recovery program is one of two options created recently for dropouts in Ohio to earn diplomas rather than the GED. The program requires students to track down their high school transcripts and complete any credits they're missing as well as any standardized tests, such as the Ohio Graduation Test, that were required when they entered high school.

2/10/2016

The Seattle School District is asking the city's voters for more than $1.2 billion in operations and capital levies, a substantial increase for a district seeing increased enrollment. The proposed three-year operations levy totals $758 million. About 63 percent of the money will go to support teaching and another 9.5 percent to teaching support.

2/10/2016

The Click2Buy solution from Grainger and SchoolDude is a cloud-based workflow solution that helps customers in the education industry automate the purchase process, from request to procurement to payment to closeout.

2/10/2016

Where school choice exists, student performance levels are improving faster than where it is absent; but the pace of student proficiency gains has been quite slow. Many decades will be required for these schools to reach proficient levels. An important missing ingredient is accurate consumer information for better school and educational service selection.

2/10/2016

New York City public schools blazed new territory this year with their inclusion of days off for Muslim holidays in September and for Lunar New Year this month. But adding holidays has had consequences for classroom momentum and family logistics, since these holidays aren't days off for most working parents.

2/10/2016

We have organizations and specific schools that already know how to graduate poor students, students of color and students with disabilities. We need to support the expansion of programs and schools with a track record of substantial improvement.

2/10/2016

Learning Forward's Standards Assessment Inventory is being released on Amplify's Professional Learning Maps platform. The 50-item, web-enabled survey provides a visual representation of the quality of teachers' professional learning experiences and suggests actionable next steps to improve practices.

2/10/2016

Another school food debate has gone somewhat unaddressed: What should be the consequence for children with delinquent school-meal accounts? In some cafeterias, employees are dumping lunches in the trash for nonpayment. And the result is hungry children, stunned parents, and increasing questions about how school districts handle overdue payments.

2/10/2016

South Carolina's compulsory school attendance age could rise from 17 to 18 if a bill sponsored by local legislators is passed into law. The current law lets 17-year-olds make the decision to quit school even though they're not emancipated and free from parental authority until they're 18.

2/9/2016

2/9/2016

The power of law with clear rules and strong penalties is necessary to make sure transgender students are treated the same as their peers. It should leave no doubt how officials must act in order to avoid a lawsuit, and provide an easy retort to anyone who harbors hostility and bias toward transgender students.

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