Industry News

5/1/2015

5/1/2015

The new partnership between Northwest Evaluation Association and the DC Association of Chartered Public Schools will make the Measures of Academic Progress assessment available to charter school organization's members and provide access to online professional development resources through Destination PD.

5/1/2015

Gov. Rick Snyder announced a sweeping overhaul of Detroit's education system, including a proposal to split Detroit Public Schools in two as a way to eliminate its crippling debt but at the expense of other districts across Michigan.

5/1/2015

An amended version of a bill that would allow victims and relatives of school violence to sue school districts passed out of committee in the Colorado House. The bill would raise a school's responsibility for safety to a duty of "reasonable care" and creates an exemption to governmental immunity that protects against most lawsuits.

5/1/2015

A new bill will implement a $2 million grant program so more schools can offer breakfast in school. Schools where 70 percent of the student population is eligible for free or reduced-price lunches would be eligible for grants to help them implement the program.

5/1/2015

The Maine Principals’ Association approved expanding the state’s high school basketball ranks from four to five classes beginning next winter. The five-class format was developed largely to address changing demographics throughout the state, including a shrinking student base and a southward population migration.

5/1/2015

Auburn Enlarged City School District Superintendent Constance Evelyn will be leaving to take on the superintendent position for the Valley Stream Union Free School District Thirteen.

5/1/2015

Miami's Assistant Superintendent of Schools Randy Darr is resigning from his position to take the soon to be vacated position as superintendent of schools at Quapaw from retiring Superintendent Bruce Chrz.

5/1/2015

More GenDIY students are choosing not to wait until graduation to begin their careers. They are starting businesses and creating products to take to market while still in the public school system. The role of educators is shifting from content providers, to learning facilitators, to career-focused coaches in order to support such innovation.

5/1/2015

New Jersey has administered annual standardized tests peacefully for 15 years, but this year’s spring ritual was scarred by dissension due to PARCC. We can do better next year if we’re mindful of New Jersey’s testing history, steer clear of political pretext, and keep a focus on the needs of all of the state's students.

5/1/2015

Hooked on Phonics is launching its mobile app, The Big Reading Show Classroom, on May 5. The app is an interactive exploration of letters, words, text concepts, phonemic awareness and vocabulary.

5/1/2015

NutriStudents K-12, a new, web-based self-operated food service platform from CKC Good Food, has been launched to help school districts comply with federal guidelines for the National School Lunch and Breakfast Programs.

5/1/2015

After three years with the California school district, Superintendent Nancy Lynch is returning to the northern part of the state to assume the role of superintendent of Reed USD.

5/1/2015

President Obama announced an initiative that would make $250 million worth of e-books available to young, low-income readers for free. The effort will work through a new app, being developed by the New York Public Library, that has the buy-in of all the major publishers.

5/1/2015

The Kansas Supreme Court said that it will not consider another appeal of the ongoing school finance case until after a district court panel finishes its deliberations. The plaintiffs originally argued in 2010 that cuts made overall school funding unconstitutionally low, and that the cuts fell disproportionately on the poorest school districts.

5/1/2015

A judge cut prison sentences by more than half for three former Atlanta educators convicted in a cheating scandal. The former administrators were each given three years in prison rather than the seven years they received at the original sentencing.

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