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11/21/2014

11/21/2014

With little public notice or community involvement, Chicago Public Schools again changed the way it rates its schools. The current ratings — Levels 1, 2 and 3 — were to be replaced by Tiers 1 through 5. CPS decided instead to keep the Levels names and add in two “-plus” Levels, keeping the names that were familiar to parents.

11/21/2014

The head of the School Development Authority, which oversees school construction projects in New Jersey, said there is more than $260 million in reserve accounts available for necessary repair work at education facilities. The agency also has the ability to bond for another $200 million to pay for projects.

11/21/2014

In New Orleans, schools have long struggled to provide for students with physical, emotional and mental disabilities. Even before Hurricane Katrina, many parents had to fight for extra help. But many say things have only gotten harder since the city's public school district shifted almost entirely to charter schools.

11/21/2014

Three months after the former superintendent axed a controversial contract with Apple and Pearson, interim LAUSD Superintendent Ramon Cortines is planning to spend $22 million in bond money under that same contract to buy more than 20,000 iPads for standardized tests in the spring.

11/21/2014

Schools in Ferguson, Missouri, released plans to ensure that students are off the streets - possibly including closing schools - ahead of the grand jury verdict in the shooting of teenager Michael Brown. Whenever a decision is handed down, the entire district's 23 schools could close if the decision is released during a school day.

11/21/2014

After five years at the helm of the Arizona district, Superintendent Paul Stanton may be leaving the district at the end of the school year to take the superintendent position in Phoenix's Washington Elementary School District, pending approval by both districts' governing boards.

11/21/2014

Good architects strive to balance design and function while listening closely to a client’s emotional needs for the space. But rebuilding a school after a shooting presents a unique kaleidoscope of intense feelings. Architects must create an environment that not only promotes learning, but also helps the students — and their towns — heal from tragedy.

11/21/2014

President Barack Obama's plan for executive action on immigration could impact not only the estimated 11.2 million undocumented immigrants living in the U.S., but also their young children, according to new data from Pew Research Center.

11/21/2014

The next superintendent of Fox schools will be Jim Wipke. Wipke is the executive director of secondary schools for the Rockwood School District. The Fox board also approved a tighter anti-nepotism policy that would bar the hiring of relatives of board members, the superintendent and assistant superintendents.

11/21/2014

Zoomita is a free college planning tool focused on rapid college list creation and application essay management. The service tracks around 6,000 essay prompts for over 1,000 colleges. Zoomita allows students to generate a report of all their essay prompts.

11/21/2014

Milton Kuykendall, superintendent of DeSoto County Schools for the past 12 years, will retire when his term expires in December 2015. The superintendent in DeSoto County is an elected position.

11/21/2014

Jeffrey Jensen, currently the superintendent of Creighton Community Public Schools, has accepted the Nebraska district's superintendent position. The previous superintendent, Candace Conradt, resigned in June after a year of controversy in the district.

11/21/2014

Using text, visuals, learning prompts and accessibility, special education professionals and teachers can now deliver personalized instruction and therapy while measuring a student’s progress anywhere through Boardmaker's Boardmaker Student Center app, available free of cost in the Apple iTunes store.

11/21/2014

Several hundred new titles have been added to Discovery Education's Discovery Education Streaming and Discovery Education Streaming Plus services, including over 350 titles from Espresso Education.

11/21/2014

In-school suspension rates at Ed White Middle School in San Antonio dropped 75 percent over two years as a result of an initiative that disciplines students through community accountability created by UT researcher Marilyn Armour. A key factor is holding students accountable for their mistakes by communicating with those involved.

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