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5/19/2015

5/19/2015

After its debut year, Maine appears to be on the path to dumping its new statewide test meant to measure what students have learned. The Legislature’s Education and Cultural Affairs Committee voted to end the state’s membership in the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium.

5/19/2015

Houston County Schools, an Alabama school district serving approximately 6,400 K12 students, is now using SchoolDude's CrisisManager mobile safety platform. Administrators at the 14 school locations can access CrisisManager for step-by-step procedures to follow during emergencies.

5/19/2015

The prevailing scientific theory on attention disorders holds that they are caused by chronic underarousal of the brain. That’s why stimulants are prescribed as treatment for ADHD and similar diagnoses. Slight physical movements “wake up” the nervous system in much the same way that Ritalin does, thus improving cognitive performance.

5/19/2015

AASA, The School Superintendents Association, has partnered with Read to Them to promote family literacy and create a culture of reading in communities across the country by getting students, staff and parents of all the elementary schools in a district reading the same book at the same time.

5/19/2015

Last week, the state Board of Education declined to appoint a new Alabama Public Charter School Commission, as called for in the law. Only two months after Alabama's charter school law was passed, another bill has been introduced to take the state board out of the process.

5/19/2015

The newly repealed controversial salary cap, in place since 2011, prohibits a district chief from earning more than the governor’s $175,000 salary in base pay. But school districts say the cap has led to turnover as superintendents retired, took jobs in other states or switched professions.

5/18/2015

5/18/2015

There would be more people to fill growing numbers of IT jobs if there were more computer-science graduates, and there’d be more graduates if more people could start the subject in high school. And yet it’s difficult to find a high-quality computer science class in American high schools, let alone a programming one.

5/18/2015

Connecticut is home to 84 magnet schools designed to bring together students from different socioeconomic backgrounds. These magnet schools make the state a rare exception in a region that increasingly accepts racially isolated schools as inevitable.

5/18/2015

Several charter schools in Detroit are battling to keep teachers unions out.

5/18/2015

School campuses across Texas would be rated annually with letter grades of A through F – using student test scores and other measures – under a bill tentatively approved late Thursday by the House.

5/18/2015

Only employees chosen by the school district will be approved to carry a gun. They will also be required to have a license to carry and proper training.

5/18/2015

Harvard Graduate School of Education and Expeditionary Learning unveiled the Center for Student Work, a large online resource of exemplary student projects. Teachers can use the free resource – which includes videos, writing samples and other tools – as a foundation to create their own projects.

5/18/2015

The Invent To Learn Guide to Fun is a new book from Constructing Modern Knowledge Press featuring an assortment of classroom-tested "maker" projects for learners of all ages.

5/18/2015

GPALoveMath is a web-based math program for K5 students to bolster summer learning. The learning platform's adaptive practice algorithm responds to the child’s previous answer to determine the ease or difficulty level of the next problem.

5/18/2015

On the rise are cases in which families living in districts with failing schools have been accused of “stealing an education” and have been fined for lying about where they live on official district documents. Others have been criminally charged and, in some cases, jailed.

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