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8/26/2015

8/26/2015

Twenty-nine percent of U.S. parents say they fear for their child's safety at school while 10 percent of U.S. parents of K12 students say their child has expressed worries about his or her safety at school. This figure has been fairly consistent since 2003.

8/26/2015

There are problems in how high-ability students are taught in the U.S., Europe and Asia. For example, U.S. federal and philanthropic efforts to improve schools have concentrated almost exclusively on low achievers and bringing them up. Our nation is also exceptionally bad at producing low-income high achievers.

8/26/2015

Under the new legislation, students can only be suspended, expelled or referred to an alternative school if all other "appropriate and available" alternatives are exhausted. Additionally, the bill provides struggling students with academic and behavioral supports, and promotes fairness by holding public schools and charter schools to the same standards for school discipline.

8/26/2015

About 20 percent of the students at Tech High are Somali. Following a bullying incident, the Minnesota district has been scrambling to address the criticism. It's added community and school liaison positions, more cultural awareness training for teachers and other moves designed to build closer ties between the school staff and the growing Somali student body.

8/26/2015

Sandy Grove Middle School is the first energy-positive school in the nation to be financed by its own expected energy savings. The school includes photovoltaic and geothermal heating and cooling systems, spray foam insulation, a whole-building generator and solar panels. These measures are projected to save the school district nearly $35 million over the next 40 years.

8/26/2015

The Idaho Constitution requires that public schools be free. But what does the word “free” mean? When a school presents a long list, including brand names, it becomes a requirement to conform, especially when the lists include materials that clearly stock school inventory for general classroom, not individual, use.

8/26/2015

Already using Skyward for its financial operations, Georgetown ISD turned to the Student Management Suite for all-in-one access to student data, online scheduling and the Family and Student Access portal. In addition, Klein ISD selected the Student Management Suite from Skyward.

8/26/2015

There are about 1,000 fewer kindergartners enrolled in Idaho's public schools this year than last year, continuing a three-year decline in kindergarten enrollment.

8/26/2015

We need to provide more teachers and administrators with in-service training by non-partisan, qualified experts on how to apply the religious-liberty principles of the First Amendment. After all, why waste money on lawyers and religious freedom or infringement lawsuits in schools that can be much better spent on innovative classroom resources, higher teachers’ salaries or new technology?

8/26/2015

In Corpus Christi, the Flour Bluff ISD recently upgraded to an Arecont Vision megapixel IP camera system that includes more than 130 cameras watching the district's six campuses.

8/26/2015

Nearly three of every four public school students in Nebraska met state standards in 2015, according to the state education commissioner. Overall this year, more Nebraska students met the state standards in reading, writing, math and science.

8/25/2015

8/25/2015

The State Finance Council approved millions in additional aid to schools — but gave larger, more urban districts less than Gov. Sam Brownback’s administration had recommended. More rural districts sought funds for declining property values while urban districts wanted aid for increased enrollment.

8/25/2015

New Mexico's attorney general is launching an investigation into how the Albuquerque school system breached safety protocols and hired a high-level administrator who faces child sex abuse charges.

8/25/2015

The responsibility for developing a fair system to judge this very complicated profession falls on state and local school administrators. And whether they like being judged or not, it falls on objective input from teachers as well.

8/25/2015

The Week in Rap Junior, a weekly program that engages elementary students in cross-curricular learning through age-appropriate news stories, introduces kindergarten through fifth-grader students to news videos, exercises and an interactive creative challenge each week.

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