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7/25/2016

7/25/2016

A California state board overseeing school construction declared in May that state funds for new school construction are not available, triggering the highest-level fees on homebuilders that the law allows. But those builders are fighting back, in a battle that could have implications for school funding around the state.

7/25/2016

Canvas by Instructure, a software-as-a-service technology company, announced an integration with Microsoft Office 365 to allow seamless use of Microsoft tools on Canvas’ platform for millions of educators and learners.

7/25/2016

One school corporation is introducing $1 kindergarten fees. The principal says 46 percent of the students in the district receive free and reduced price books and lunch, and the fees are a way to help alleviate financial stress and draw people into the district.

7/25/2016

The new standards, a revision of the Common Core State Standards in English/language arts, are the product of work by more than 100 teachers, school administrators, higher-education faculty members and Arkansas Department of Education staff members.

7/25/2016

As students increasingly rely on phones and tablets for classwork, many Indiana instructors are using the technology to better connect with students outside school hours. In some cases, though, the connections cross a line from mentorship to predatory behavior.

7/25/2016

Beginning in the 2016-17 school year, all Dysart USD high school students will be able to collaborate with school counselors to identify their strengths, plan academic coursework, determine career aspirations, find colleges and more using Naviance by Hobsons, a digital college and career planning platform.

7/25/2016

Oklahomans will decide this November whether to add a one-cent sales tax dedicated to education. A big chunk of the money would be set aside for teacher raises. But would that be enough to improve Oklahoma schools? If you ask folks in Iowa, the answer is a resounding "no."

7/25/2016

Research affirms the critical importance of children’s access to enriching, stimulating early experiences for healthy brain development. Yet young African-American children lag behind their white counterparts in access to high-quality programs

7/25/2016

Lawmakers and education stakeholders oppose a proposal requiring states to penalize school districts with low compliance rates for standardized tests. Common Core standards and related tests have had a shaky start in New York with several changes made and an opt-out movement.

7/25/2016

It’s not easy to measure the performance of a school, because there are so many things that go into providing a good education. But neither should it be as hard as the California State Board of Education is making it.

7/25/2016

Increases in pension fund payments, charter school expenses and salaries are driving up school budgets across the region. In response, some school districts say they have been forced to cut classroom supplies, increase property taxes or leave positions unfilled.

7/22/2016

7/22/2016

The new Architecture, Construction, Transportation and Manufacturing curriculum from CEV Multimedia offers content areas on construction technology, welding techniques, small engine repair and more.

7/22/2016

Principals of Chicago Public Schools have $140 million less to spend this year than last year in classrooms, an analysis revealed. Under the new approach to funding, individual schools were given money to carry the costs of special education in their budgets, a departure from past practice where the district's central office picked up those expenses. The change obscured overall cuts.

7/22/2016

It stands to reason that a student who stays sharp in the summer will be better equipped to attack the new school year with gusto. Would a different approach to vacation time improve the quality of education we provide our students?

7/22/2016

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Smart Snacks in School rule, which applies to food sold a la cart in school stores and vending machines, require snacks be made with whole grains, or be low-fat dairy, a fruit, vegetable or lean protein.

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