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5/31/2016

5/31/2016

Four Bedford County school districts chose Tyler’s Infinite Visions to integrate financial, budgeting, procurement, payroll and human resources services. The districts chose to have Infinite Visions delivered via a software-as-a-service model.

5/31/2016

Snowline Joint USD's board of trustees appointed Deputy Superintendent Ryan Holman, a 22-year employee of the California district, to be the successor of Superintendent Luke Ontiveros. Ontiveros has accepted the position of superintendent in the Santa Maria-Bonita School District.

5/27/2016

5/27/2016

Detroit business and civic leaders vocalized opposition to any deal to save Detroit Public Schools that does not include a mechanism for closing academically failing schools. House and Senate leaders are close to a deal to partially pay off the district’s debt, but doing so may require sacrificing a citywide education commission that could limit the charter school expansion.

5/27/2016

The next state school superintendent, Karen Salmon, will have to be prepared to hit the ground running in her new role at a time when the state is facing a number of pressing issues—including charter schools, the ongoing transition to Common Core standards and debate about the role of testing in schools.

5/27/2016

Family engagement is now the law through the Local Control and Funding Formula and the related district accountability plans. But simply making family engagement the law doesn’t help school districts engage all parents, from all backgrounds, in all languages. Something is still missing—funding.

5/27/2016

Proposed federal guidelines would allow states to decide how to use a mix of test scores, academic growth and other measures like chronic absenteeism to identify failing schools and children who are struggling the most. The draft rule spells out a broad framework for states to consider as they design new accountability systems.

5/27/2016

The National Association for the Education of Young Children launched Power to the Profession, a national collaboration to set a unifying framework of professional guidelines for early childhood educators—from required competencies and qualifications to career pathways and compensation.

5/27/2016

Every year, some members demand a re-enactment of the education funding battle of 1991 with hopes of a different ending. But the problems are more complex, and require different solutions. The share of public school students in poverty has increased by 10 percent. And one of the fastest growing expenses for school districts today are payments to charter schools.

5/27/2016

Ed Graff, the outgoing head of Alaska's Anchorage Public Schools, was chosen to lead the Minneapolis district over Minnesota Department of Education Commissioner Brenda Cassellius, ending a 16-month tumultuous search for the leadership position.

5/27/2016

Of the 292 charter schools in Ohio that received federal grants since 2006, 108 of those schools have either closed or never opened, according to a new report. The 26 that didn’t open received a total of $4 million in taxpayer money, with no records found indicating funds were returned.

5/27/2016

Building codes published last year require new schools in North Texas to include tornado shelters, but many new campuses under construction now won’t have them. Districts are citing higher construction cost, and they’re waiting for cities to adopt the new codes first.

5/27/2016

OverDrive has partnered with schools in all 50 states and parts of Canada for a summer reading program that enables students to borrow and read from a collection of interactive juvenile fiction and young adult e-books for the month of June.

5/27/2016

Douglas County School District Superintendent Liz Fagen, who put in place a controversial market-based pay system for teachers and a voucher program that drew national attention and legal challenges, is leaving to lead the 39,000-student Humble ISD.

5/27/2016

The state Senate is considering a different overhaul to the state’s education funding formula than the one it approved earlier this month. The new bill would create a four-tiered system to direct state money to the districts with the highest need and make sure all are adequately funded.

5/27/2016

A Leon County judge rejected a challenge to the Florida’s education system, saying lawmakers had met their constitutional obligation to provide free, high-quality public education. But advocates who filed the lawsuit said they plan to appeal the ruling, potentially laying the groundwork for a landmark opinion by the Florida Supreme Court.

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