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5/19/2016

5/19/2016

If state officials want to show they’re serious about building a useful accountability system, they should take on a makeup assignment: Produce an index of all California schools for each of the past two years. The state has testing and the other data to do it. And parents sure could use the information, even belatedly.

5/19/2016

One trend to help young immigrant students is to create a separate space for them—a high school within a high school. So far, there are about two dozen setups like this in the US, and the latest is in Maryland. But there’s controversy: some critics say these so-called “international” high schools are a form of segregation.

5/19/2016

Denver Public Schools is backing away from a proposal to eliminate a requirement that high school students take one year of physical education (P.E.) after fielding criticism from P.E. teachers, community groups and physical education advocates. The proposal was part of a larger package of high school graduation requirement changes.

5/19/2016

We will not solve the critical challenges of poverty, underemployment, wage stagnation and bulging prisons unless we get serious about investing in effective programs that prepare kids who are not immediately college-bound for middle-class jobs. Other countries—such as Germany and Switzerland—have figured this out. We must, too.

5/19/2016

The new multipurpose da Vinci 1.0 Pro 3-in-1 printer has built-in high resolution 3D scanning capabilities, an optional laser engraver and Wi-Fi connectivity. The printer also offers fully adjustable heating, speed and retraction settings.

5/19/2016

The release of a withering audit of the Penn Hills School District underscored the school system’s precarious financial situation. What may come next is a criminal investigation. Calling the audit findings the worst of his tenure, the state's auditor general cited a “total breakdown” in oversight and management and a “shocking” deficit that topped $18.8 million.

5/18/2016

5/18/2016

A new bill would raise the share of a school’s students who must be receiving other government aid in order for the school to be eligible to provide meals to all students. The sponsoring state representative said the change would target assistance to those most in need, and the potential savings of $1 billion over 10 years would be redirected to other nutrition programs for school-age children.

5/18/2016

The school system's leaders told some principals to expect total school budget cuts of between 20 percent and 30 percent as the district plans for “the worst.” The broke district plans to chop its own per-pupil contribution by nearly 40 percent, according to proposed budgets given to 15 elementary and high schools.

5/18/2016

The National Institute for STEM Education has partnered with Chalk & Wire, a higher education assessment provider, to offer teachers a digital portfolio tool that allows them to demonstrate their proficiency in the 15 teacher actions necessary to create a STEM classroom of excellence.

5/18/2016

Noting a string of incidents where school police officers used excessive force—body-slamming students, tasing them and tackling them in response to everyday discipline issues—a team of education and civil rights groups has asked Gov. Greg Abbott to create a new task force on school safety.

5/18/2016

Our state needs an objective, third-party study that determines the level of funding required to meet the academic standards currently in place. Based on such a study, the Legislature should appropriate and periodically review a basic funding level that will allow schools to keep pace with the changing needs of their students.

5/18/2016

The Pinellas County School Board voted to begin shutting down three financially-troubled charter schools. Soon after, a board for the schools voted to appeal. The schools are on the chopping block because of financial mismanagement by their former for-profit management company, Newpoint Education Partners.

5/18/2016

StudyPop is an educational quiz game similar to digital charades. The app’s academic content, geared toward students in grades 3-12, is fueled by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt’s curriculum for science, social studies, literature, reading and mathematics.

5/18/2016

Many schools try to double dip and count recess and physical education instruction as one and the same; they are not. Physical education is instructional in nature, and is an academic subject area where students develop the skills necessary to live healthy, active lifestyles. A bi-partisan bill that requires daily recess in New Jersey elementary schools needs to pass.

5/18/2016

A group of Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools teachers, parents and students urged Mecklenburg County commissioners to let voters decide quickly on a proposed $805 million school bond package. The school board has asked to put the bonds on the November ballot, while county commissioners say their plan calls for waiting until 2017.

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