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8/21/2015

8/21/2015

Laura Abel, the district's assistant superintendent for curriculum, instruction and administration since 2012, is taking over the top position at the Virginia school system. She is replacing former Superintendent Jeffery Smith, who took the top spot at Hampton City Schools in July.

8/21/2015

The search for the next Elkton-Pigeon-Bay Port Laker School District superintendent is over with the selection of Brian Keim for the job. He was hired to take over as Laker secondary school principal in 2009 and has held the position since. Bob Smith, the Michigan district's current superintendent, will retire in December.

8/21/2015

The debate over how much money school districts should be allowed to sock away has been resurrected in California as lawmakers reconvene over the next month. School finance leaders and education officials have launched a last-ditch effort in recent days to persuade the Legislature to lift new limits on so-called “rainy day funds.”

8/21/2015

A proposed 15 percent tax on marijuana would raise about $40 million a year, even after paying the costs of setting up a regulatory agency. Half of that is earmarked to pay for full-day kindergarten, a program the state used to fund but cut during the recession, with the other half for general education needs.

8/21/2015

The company released new Touch Curriculum technology that uses more than 20,000 cognitive skill manipulatives to deepen elementary and middle school students’ mastery of science concepts.

8/21/2015

When hard-to-teach kids are mixed throughout a system rather than concentrated in a few tough schools, low-income students of color get access to higher-level coursework, good teachers and better facilities and materials. One way to integrate schools is to integrate housing; the mayor's affordable housing plans is an opportunity the Department of Education could exploit.

8/21/2015

This is not only a question of what’s right or wrong for kids. It’s also a national security and an economic issue. One in five young adults is too overweight to serve in the military. The cost of treating obesity-related illnesses drags down our economy and increases budget deficits.

8/21/2015

This fall, more than 100 additional low-income schools will be required to provide free breakfast to all students during school hours under Colorado's "Breakfast After the Bell" law. Some administrators say the new eligibility threshold means they'll lose money on the program and be forced to compensate by taking money from classrooms.

8/21/2015

The third edition of Pearson's comprehensive clinical assessment for identifying, remediating and managing emotional and behavioral issues in children and young adults has been released. The Behavior Assessment System for Children analyzes behavior from the self, teacher and parent perspectives.

8/21/2015

Many local voters feel they “lose control” if they allow duly elected school board members to hire a professional superintendent from a nationwide pool of applicants. However, elected superintendents politicize the system and the position, whether knowingly or unconsciously. And the only realistic “check” on their power is the ballot box on an infrequent, four-year cycle.

8/21/2015

Just three weeks until school starts and more than 8,000 students in the Boston Public Schools still don't know where they are going to class. Superintendent Tommy Chang said district employees are working by hand to assign students to schools after a glitch with the new software system.

8/21/2015

Some schools are adding another tool to the fight for fitter kids: Architecture. Beyond healthy eating interventions in kitchen and dining spaces, a Virginia school was also designed to keep kids more active, with features like inviting stairways, walking paths, and furniture that flexes as students sit, so they aren't completely still.

8/21/2015

Sarena Shivers, the assistant superintendent for the Washtenaw Intermediate School District, has been chosen as the finalist to become the next Redford Union Schools superintendent.

8/21/2015

Ken Gagner, an elementary school principal in Morris since 2012, has been named to head up the Minnesota school district.

8/20/2015

8/20/2015

Lightspeed Systems has integrated RealVNC's VNC technology into its Classroom Orchestrator product, a classroom management solution designed to give teachers a centralized view of students’ screens.

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