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4/28/2016

4/28/2016

The governing body of the Chicago Teachers Union will meet next week to consider what conditions could trigger a strike this school year. The majority of members would want to strike immediately if the district unilaterally ends its practice of picking up the bulk of teacher pension contributions.

4/28/2016

Internet Keep Safe Coalition (iKeepSafe) has teamed up with BrightBytes to develop a new digital tool to help schools, districts and other educational organizations assess and improve their current policies and procedures in light of a rapidly evolving digital privacy and security landscape.

4/28/2016

Education leaders must find and use creative opportunities to position teachers as experts and decision makers in how to best use the time for high-quality teaching and learning. Give teachers more decision-making flexibility in their schools and create hybrid roles for them. Develop relevant professional learning communities that are led by teachers.

4/28/2016

Part of Pennsylvania’s budget will become law this week nearly 10 months after it was due. The bill includes authorization for up to $2.5 billion in borrowing for school construction costs. Districts complained they’ve been waiting for years for that money.

4/28/2016

Mayor Bill de Blasio announced a $40 million overhaul of how the city manages its school custodians, a move city officials are hailing as the first major change in over a century to a system that has plagued several mayoral administrations with financial mismanagement and corruption problems. The reforms will be cost-neutral by 2019.

4/28/2016

Severtson’s new 4K thin/zero bezel fixed frame projection screen solution offers simple assembly and Severtson Screens’ signature USA-made projection surfaces. An LED backlit add-on option is also available.

4/28/2016

At the urging of some Florida lawmakers who said school districts were spending too much, the state has tightened rules on construction costs. Districts already have limits on how much they can spend per student when they build new schools, but the caps don't apply to money coming from local sources. Going forward, the limits will apply to all revenue.

4/28/2016

The latest results of the test known as the Nation's Report Card are in. While overall math and reading results are barely changed from 2013 to 2015, it seems that the nation's struggling students in particular are doing slightly worse than they were two years ago, while higher achievers are doing slightly better.

4/28/2016

The gap in per-pupil funding between district schools and charter schools continues to narrow thanks to past efforts and recent legislation. In 2004, district schools received about $1,005 per student more than charters, a 13.9 percent difference. That gap has since been reduced to $683, a 9.9 percent difference, according to a new report

4/28/2016

Some House Republicans are objecting to what they see as a shortchanging of the public schools. Concerns raised include insufficient money for charter schools, questions about whether small schools are getting enough aid, and a major change in how the state decides when to fund new schools.

4/28/2016

The current implementation of tracking programs in public schools separates students more by income than by academic ability. If lower-income students are less likely to go to college, they are also significantly less likely to get a job. Standardized programs are not only contributing to the achievement gap but also to the income gap.

4/28/2016

Fuel Education has formed a partnership with LTS Education Systems, an adaptive, game-based learning provider, to incorporate additional supplemental options for skills practice, assessment and test readiness across all core subjects through LTS' Stride solution.

4/28/2016

The state of Tennessee has terminated its $108 million contract, effective immediately, with the Durham, North Carolina, company that missed three deadlines this month to send written TNReady student achievement tests to school districts that couldn't download online versions of the test.

4/28/2016

Voters in Washington's Lake Washington School District approved a $398 million construction bond measure after failing three previous bond measures. The district plans to rebuild two aging elementary schools, and build four new schools.

4/27/2016

4/27/2016

​Robiis is a collectible robot gaming platform that teaches girls and boys ages 6-10 the basics of software programming. Robiis players use a visual mobile app to program the robots and solve puzzles and challenges of different levels of difficulty.

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