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8/19/2016

8/19/2016

Hiring the permanent substitutes could also help in the future, creating a pipeline of prospective teachers who will be that much further ahead when hired to fill a teaching position. These substitutes will be mentored by certified teachers, have the opportunity to lead after-school activities.

8/19/2016

Irked by the potential $240 million tax break deal to lure a company to a town, a Utah lawmaker said he plans to propose a new law that would place limitations on school district tax incentive participation.

8/19/2016

Follett’s new Destiny 14.0 release now supports IMS LTI (Learning Tools Interoperability) capability, providing seamless, single sign-on integration to resources available in Destiny Discover via districts’ learning applications.

8/19/2016

Indiana Superintendent of Public Instruction Glenda Ritz wants lawmakers to approve a $1,000 tax deduction in the new state budget to help families cover textbook costs and other education-related expenses.

8/19/2016

The concept of year-round school disrupts the familiar thinking of education. Nine months of reading, writing and arithmetic give way to three months of recess in the summer sun, or so says the calendar. Is this a tired, broken formula that restrains student success? Would year-round school, with multiple, shorter breaks improve performance?

8/19/2016

After five years of landing on the state’s list of low-performing schools, a tiny Texas district drew national headlines for cutting its sports program to ward off closure is now meeting state academic standards. A partnership with Texas A&M University-Kingsville was key to the turnaround, resulting in hefty grant dollars and rigorous teacher training and support.

8/19/2016

The campaign to ask the Colorado school district's residents to approve a $300 million tax increase to build two new schools and make improvements to existing buildings kicked off.

8/19/2016

Projections for LAUSD peg its student enrollment roughly 13,000 students smaller than it was last year, continuing a decade-long decline. In part to reverse that trend, Superintendent Michelle King has said she intends to expand access to the district's half-dozen "school choice" programs.

8/19/2016

Washington state is on the right side of implementing the new Smarter Balanced Assessments standard. Expecting students to attain a certain level of proficiency in math and the English language is in everyone's best interests. But the perspective of teachers on the amount of time and effort that testing demands in the classroom is worth considering.

8/19/2016

Let's Conquer ELA, an adaptive, mastery-based learning tool, allows teachers to assess students' mastery of third- through eighth-grade ELA concepts, from spelling to parts of speech to textual analysis.

8/19/2016

School bus cameras will be used to identify students causing damage to the seats of buses used by the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools system. If parents don’t want to pay for the repairs, students can possibly face suspension from the bus.

8/18/2016

8/18/2016

Threats continued to rise across the country, with every state experiencing at least one and the total of 1,267 bomb threats marking a 106 percent increase since the 2012-13 school year, a report states. But Massachusetts was hit particularly hard, with researchers finding 135 bomb threats in the state during the last school year.

8/18/2016

The Massachusetts Democratic Party voted to oppose a ballot question that would expand charter schools in Massachusetts, putting the party at odds with some of its members in the Legislature.

8/18/2016

The Fauquier County Public Schools and two private schools have implemented the COPsync911 threat-alert system. It protects schools, government buildings, hospitals and other potentially at-risk facilities.

8/18/2016

Reforms based on the idea that education is too complicated and it is too hard for reformers to touch all school improvement bases are likely to fail. Gains in one area, such as testable academic instruction, are unlikely to be sustained unless we make progress in the socio-emotional, in the building of trusting relationships, and in out-of-school factors.

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