Industry News

1/28/2015

1/28/2015

A proposed bill by a Utah senator would not only make state school board elections partisan, it would also extend the partisan system to boards for local school districts.

1/28/2015

Texas' Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick said he is putting his shoulder-weight behind giving parents more power to choose where their kids go to school by continuing to push a controversial voucher plan that was voted down last session.

1/28/2015

Sparked by Metro Schools’ expected enrollment growth next school year, the Tennessee city's board of education expressed fears about the district’s budget and being willing to fund the district in full because of a lack of progress from some schools.

1/28/2015

Louisiana public school enrollment inched up by about 4,800 students this year to 717,896, a rise of less than 1 percent from the 2013-14 academic session. It was the ninth consecutive annual increase since 2005, when hurricanes Katrina and Rita chased off 10 percent of the state's students.

1/28/2015

Extron Electronics introduced the SMD 202, a compact, high performance media player and live stream decoder that is adaptable to different network conditions and streaming requirements.

1/28/2015

As long as accountability measures are fully controlled by government institutions, the accountability will be lacking. Public officials will always be more tolerant of the systemic failure of schools than the public itself because, with rare exceptions, their children aren’t the ones being failed. Real accountability is rooted in choice.

1/28/2015

Evan-Moor’s daily practice titles are now available digitally as interactive language, reading and math lessons for whole-class or small-group instruction.

1/28/2015

Opponents of standardized testing who consider noncompliance have found an ally in an Oregon state representative who has sponsored legislation that would give Oregonians the "unrestricted right" to yank their children from statewide assessments. It would also require schools to notify parents of this right prior to testing.

1/28/2015

A new addition has been made to Texas Instruments' TI-84 Plus family of graphing calculators. The TI-84 Plus CE graphing calculator is 30 percent thinner and lighter than the TI-84 Plus with customized color selections available.

1/28/2015

Acer expanded its line of Chromebooks for the education market with two new models. Acer Chromebook C910's large display is a good fit for labs and classrooms where it may be shared by multiple students while Acer C740's compactness is ideal for the students' portability needs in 1-to-1 programs.

1/28/2015

State funding of Iowa’s K12 schools would increase a total of 3.7 percent over the next two fiscal years under a bill passed largely along party lines in the Iowa House.

1/28/2015

The new Education Reform Commission will suggest changes to the school funding formula for distributing state tax proceeds to 180 local school districts. The formula dates to the 1980s and the state has been under funding it for over a decade.

1/28/2015

Florida's system for testing students, grading schools and evaluating teachers is broken and state officials need to fix it, the district's school board says. The action made Pinellas one of many across Florida to formally call on lawmakers and education officials to overhaul the system.

1/27/2015

1/27/2015

Knovation is partnering with Lightspeed Systems My Big Campus, which enables schools and districts to access netTrekker’s library of Open Educational Resources. The integration is available to schools and districts with both My Big Campus and netTrekker subscriptions.

1/27/2015

The newly filed Private School Marshal Act builds off of the Protection of Texas Children Act, a bill passed last session that provided for trained, certified and armed school marshals to protect public schools. It would expand the scope of the school marshal program to include private schools.

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