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2/2/2016

2/2/2016

Genetic discrimination is likely to become a lot more common. The number of people getting DNA tests has gone way up—along with the potential for discrimination based on the results. Current law bars genetic discrimination for only employment or health insurance cases, potentially leaving education situations where discrimination might happen.

2/2/2016

Aside from large school districts in metropolitan areas that are trying to close budget gaps without mass teacher layoffs, districts across the country are facing major inequities within their states. Many high-needs rural school districts have embraced school consolidation in order to provide schools with more resources.

2/2/2016

The one-stop-shop for blended learning resources just got a lot more social. The Blended Learning Universe unveiled interactive DIY profiles as an upgrade to its school directory. Blended learning schools can build their own profiles—similar to Facebook or LinkedIn—and share real-time information with parents, funders and other schools.

2/2/2016

Deputy school superintendent since 2009, Mark R. Laurrie will take over the top job in Niagara Falls schools in July. He will take over for Cynthia A. Bianco, who is retiring. Laurrie began his career with the district as a special education teacher 31 years ago.

2/2/2016

The state of Wisconsin has recouped $375,000 from a private religious school that closed last year after it was barred from participating in the Milwaukee Parental Choice Program. It is only the second time the state has recovered funds from a failed voucher school through a surety bond.

2/2/2016

Increasing high school graduation rates is a national priority, reinforced by federal law. At the same time, the Common Core is supposed to be enforcing higher "college and career ready" standards. But constantly changing requirements make it harder to believe that any consistent standard is being maintained.

2/2/2016

Follett is partnering with EBSCO Information Services to make approximately 600,000 EBSCO-hosted e-books available for ordering through Titlewave, Follett’s collection development and order platform for K12 schools.

2/2/2016

A current administrator for Marengo Community High School District 154 will be stepping into the top leadership role in July as Superintendent Dan Bertrand steps down after more than a decade. David Engelbrecht, who now serves as assistant superintendent of operations, has been named as superintendent.

2/2/2016

Governors in Michigan, Arkansas, Nevada, Wisconsin, Georgia, Ohio and possibly Illinois soon—mostly Republican leaders who otherwise champion local control in their fights with the federal government—say they are intervening in cases of chronic academic or financial failure.

2/2/2016

The policy change to distribute condoms at middle schools is part of an overall effort by the San Francisco district to further prevent sexually transmitted diseases and pregnancy among minors.

2/2/2016

SRA FLEX Literacy Projects Jumpstart, a free and easy-to-implement introduction to project-based literacy intervention for grades 3-12, is a 15-day lesson plan that covers all five stages of the SRA FLEX Project Experience and boosts literacy skills through reading, writing-centered activities and group collaboration.

2/2/2016

The New York BOCES' school board has named Denise Dzikowski as its district superintendent, pending approval from the New York State Commissioner of Education. She is currently the Lyons Central School District superintendent. Dzikowski replaces William Speck, who retired last fall.

2/1/2016

2/1/2016

Atlanta school superintendent Meria Carstarphen is proposing a set of dramatic changes—including closing one school, merging four others and putting five others under the management of charter school groups—in an effort to improve some of the city’s worst schools.

2/1/2016

Every time a child is beaten in school and every time one is suspended and thus loses learning time, something or someone has failed that child along the way. So long as these failures and out-of-school suspensions fall disproportionately on black children, we are not yet living up to the dream.

2/1/2016

As part of a new agreement, Intelliboard.net is integrating Moodle gradebook and course participation with PowerSchool's Student Information System. Schools that use Moodle and PowerSchool together simultaneously are now able to immediately identify at-risk students through analytics and reporting.

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