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4/22/2015

4/22/2015

The nation's second-largest school district approved the creation of Girls Academic Leadership Academy, an all-girls school focused on STEM in an attempt to narrow the gap between boys and girls in those subjects. The district still needs to receive a waiver from the state Board of Education to operate a single-gender school.

4/22/2015

Female students at a New York high school are getting free lessons in computer coding under a new program to boost girls’ STEM participation. New York City education officials and Verizon teamed up to create the Women in STEM after-school program, where 50 girls are enrolled in classes that may become a model for similar efforts at other city schools.

4/22/2015

Voters in the Washington district will be asked this fall to approve a $292.5 million bond measure to relieve elementary school overcrowding and reduce the need for portable classrooms. The bond will pay for a new 44-classroom elementary school while four other elementary schools will be expanded to include more classrooms.

4/22/2015

Up to 16,000 lower-income students in mostly urban districts would be able to transfer to private or religious schools under a measure the Senate tentatively approved. The proposal would set aside $100 million in tax credits to create a school voucher program. The tax incentives would be given to businesses that donate money to fund private school scholarships.

4/22/2015

A panel of judges has dismissed a lawsuit from school districts and parents claiming that state's system of school funding fails to meet the state's obligation to students. The panel said the level of annual funding needed for each student to meet educational standards is a decision for the Legislature, not the courts.

4/22/2015

Shmoop University is expanding its materials to offer premium test prep material in Spanish for the SAT and ACT exams, the GED test and the CAHSEE, as well as English-language Texas EOC prep.

4/22/2015

Public schools in California would have to phase out the use of the term “Redskins” for their athletic team name or mascot under the California Racial Mascots Act advanced by a state Assembly panel based on concern that the term is derogatory to Native Americans.

4/22/2015

Our education system is aimed in the wrong direction and doing little of substance to prepare students to be truly ready for a career. We are focusing on test scores that mean nothing to the students who are taking the tests and nothing to businesses that are looking, sometimes desperately, for workers to replace a rapidly aging work force.

4/22/2015

With so much on their plates already, the teachers, administrators, parents and staff who lead school health efforts need strong support to adopt health-promoting policies and practices. School district wellness policies, mandated by federal law, need to be more comprehensive.

4/22/2015

Capital School District implemented multi-campus digital signage systems across the district's 10 schools. Mvix’s digital signage solution, bundled with its web-based software, provides a centralized, cloud-based network that can be managed from any location while eliminating the need for onsite storage servers.

4/22/2015

A bill that would have allowed public schools to use architects and engineers' donated time to do free severe-weather safety assessments in public schools will most likely not be addressed this year.

4/22/2015

Nine states currently offer a State Seal of Biliteracy to recognize high school graduates who have attained a high level of proficiency in one or more languages in addition to English. Proponents say the seal allows employers to distinguish between people who can get by in another language from those who are truly fluent.

4/22/2015

An effort to reduce school violence by making public schools legally liable for keeping kids safe has been approved by the Colorado Senate. Colorado currently includes schools among government entities that can't be sued, a legal standard not all states follow.

4/22/2015

The Philadelphia school system wants to open more new high schools and continue a program that encourages teachers, principals and community organizations to overhaul schools from within. The new small high schools would be neighborhood schools without admissions criteria, and would open first to ninth graders, adding one grade each year.

4/22/2015

Bloom Township High School District will move from a paper-based system to an online solution for student registration. InfoSnap’s integration with PowerSchool will offer real-time, on-demand data transfer between the two systems to streamline data collection for new and annual student registration.

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