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5/27/2015

5/27/2015

Oregon lawmakers are considering bills to provide statewide funding for Outdoor School programs. Outdoor School is usually a budget item for local school boards. Advocates are pushing for statewide support through the use of unclaimed bottle deposit money or regional garbage fees.

5/27/2015

New Jersey legislators should follow through in blocking the state's education commissioner from punishing students because of high opt-out rates. They should take statewide action to prevent PARCC scores from being used in any way for student placement or teacher evaluations for at least three years. The tests simply aren't ready to carry such high stakes.

5/27/2015

About 2,000 high school seniors will fail to graduate this year despite many having enough credits because they didn’t pass an end-of-course test for biology in 10th grade or meet the state academic standard through an alternative approach that evaluates classroom work samples. New legislation needs to find a compromise to reduce testing but retain standards for learning.

5/27/2015

The Maryland school system has enlisted PlanMember Services Corporation and its Columbia-based financial center, Paladin Advisor Group, to provide a comprehensive array of supplemental 403(b) products and services to help Washington County Public Schools' employees plan for retirement.

5/27/2015

Following the lack of a decision two weeks ago to choose charter school committee members, the state Board of Education has now confirmed 10 members to the new Alabama Public Charter School Commission. The representative who submitted the bill to remove the state board from that confirmation process has moved to kill the bill.

5/27/2015

Orange County Public Schools, the 10th largest district in the United States and the fourth largest in Florida, recently adopted ClassLink districtwide. ClassLink will provide the district’s 180,000 students and 21,000 staff with single sign-on accessible from any device.

5/27/2015

The California city's public school leaders may restrict enrollment at a prestigious arts school to city residents only. The proposal comes after years of concern on the Board of Education that San Francisco students lack access to Ruth Asawa San Francisco School of the Arts with about 14 percent of students currently enrolled living outside the city.

5/26/2015

5/26/2015

A new version of the Conductor digital communication system has been released to handle campus-wide intercom, paging, control and emergency response using the school’s LAN. New features include better disaster recovery, device discovery, map-based point-and-click paging, and a more elegant control station for the front office.

5/26/2015

Preschoolers may not be getting enough exercise while attending preschool, according to a new study. Instead of participating in physical activities for the recommended 120 minutes per day, children were receiving just 48 minutes a day to run and play during preschool hours.

5/26/2015

Tennessee in 2013 ranked eighth nationally for its high school graduation rates. With 86.3 percent of Tennessee high school students currently graduating on time, the state isn't far from reaching the U.S. goal of 90 percent by 2020, according to a new report.

5/26/2015

Critics are criticizing legislators after the state's budget committee passed a surprise motion last week that would allow private, home-schooled and online charter students to participate in public school district athletics and activities.

5/26/2015

Due to school district consolidations, Iowa now has 122 fewer districts than it did in 1965. Most district mergers point to the central challenges that rural Iowa schools face today: low revenue through property taxes and state aid, transportation costs and the problem of maintaining staffing and class offerings when enrollment declines.

5/26/2015

The 29-school Texas district selected FileWave to manage systems and devices for its approximately 20,000 Mac and Windows machines and 5,000 mobile devices.

5/26/2015

Information in Action, a new K5 teaching resource published by Scholastic, provides educators with a suite of professional learning materials, including four complete model units at each grade-level to help students integrate reading, writing and research to create, present and launch projects.

5/26/2015

Pension costs account for a quarter of the Illinois’ operating revenues, are rising by at least $1 billion a year and are squeezing dollars that could be used for education, human services and other vital programs. Over the past decade, the state has been taking more and more Title 1 funds to pay teacher pensions instead of aiding low-income students.

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