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4/6/2016

4/6/2016

Springfield Public School District 186 has partnered with PublicSchoolWORKS to streamline safety compliance and risk management initiatives.The Illinois district is utilizing the company's EmployeeSafe Suite to stay in compliance with all district, state and federal compliance mandates.

4/6/2016

An Elwood Community High School senior is working with state legislators to author a bill that would lower the age that people are eligible to run for office from 25 to 21 in the Senate and 21 to 18 in the House of Representatives.

4/6/2016

Tyler Technologies, Inc. introduced its touch-enabled Student 360 parent-student portal, which works with Tyler SIS (student information system) to provide parents, students and school staff enhanced mobile access to student data.

4/6/2016

Gov. Terry McAuliffe vetoed a bill that would have required schools to notify parents of “sexually explicit” content in class material and offer an alternative. He deemed it unnecessary because the Virginia Board of Education has been examining the issue and because the label could be applied to a work based on one scene, without further context.

4/6/2016

The Kansas Association of School Boards says a provision allowing tax funds to be used for private schools lacks accountability. Other concerns about the proposed new Kansas school funding formula include restrictions of state aid on extracurricular and food service costs.

4/6/2016

Recent studies have found that there’s no guarantee that a student will use social-emotional learning skills outside the classroom. The finding requires us to ask why they are not. And, perhaps even more importantly, ask ourselves what our ultimate purpose is in teaching SEL if the skills learned at school are not utilized at home.

4/6/2016

The fight over a new funding formula for New Orleans schools heats up as two charter schools have filed a federal lawsuit challenging it. Now, some parents are firing back with their own lawsuit, saying not adopting the formula violates the civil rights of minority and special needs children.

4/6/2016

We don’t need to expand time at every school in Massachusettts—just those, especially middle schools, serving our most disadvantaged students. If the state would commit to a modest increase in funding and unions and management would agree to a balanced deal, the state could set a new standard with longer school days.

4/6/2016

Waller ISD in Texas has implemented Tools4ever's User Management Resource Administrator to automate accounts for more than 6,900 students and 900 staff members.

4/6/2016

The identities of school personnel who carry weapons could be kept secret under legislation passed by the Oklahoma House of Representatives. The bill exempts records containing those names from the Oklahoma Open Records and Open Meetings Acts.

4/5/2016

4/5/2016

Helena Public Schools Superintendent Kent Kultgen accepted the superintendent position with the Snohomish School District in Washington. Kultgen will be replacing the current Snohomish superintendent, William Mester, who has served in his position the past 14 years.

4/5/2016

The Blackboard K-12 New Learning Experience Platform—which combines multiple Blackboard products, integrations and professional services—integrates with hundreds of district technologies including the student information system, lunch menu, school calendar, payments processing and transportation services.

4/5/2016

Students who attend charter high schools are more likely to graduate, go to college and stay in college than students who attend traditional public high schools, according to a new study on the effects of charter schools on earnings in adulthood.

4/5/2016

After months of debate, a compromise made by Iowa lawmakers means many schools have to make some changes. The Iowa House and Senate agreed on a 2.25 percent increase for schools for next school year. But each year the cost of running a school district goes up 3-4 percent with insurance, utilities and wages, several Iowa districts allege.

4/5/2016

Superintendent Deborah Gist announced a reorganization proposal to eliminate or defund 172 administrative jobs across several district sites—while creating 66 new positions—for a savings of about $3.7 million.

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