Industry News

3/25/2015

3/25/2015

The Chattanooga area school systems have filed suit against the state of Tennessee for not sufficiently funding local schools as mandated under the law. The suit further alleges that Tennessee's Board of Education has instead created a system that shifts the cost of education to local districts.

3/25/2015

Minneapolis Public Schools will be laying off about 160 workers. The move will save the district $11.6 million. District officials say those savings will go to schools, allowing them to lower class sizes, reduce caseloads for special education teachers and increase learning time at middle and high schools.

3/25/2015

The Delaware Department of Education has selected Schoology’s Learning Management System to power online and blended learning across the entire state in addition to professional development to help teachers implement blended learning.

3/24/2015

3/24/2015

As Americans, historically we’ve wanted public schools to create a level playing field. Schools must be part of the solution. We shouldn’t blame teachers or districts. They’re just dealing with what they’ve been given. Districts don’t decide their own boundaries, but saying that doesn’t absolve us from how schools can help.

3/24/2015

Alex Apostle made the surprise announcement after accepting a job as superintendent of Shelton Public Schools in Shelton, Washington. He will continue to serve as superintendent of the Montana school system for the duration of the current school year.

3/24/2015

The Skokie School District 69 school board has tapped Margaret Clauson, the assistant superintendent at Wilmette School District 39, to fill its superintendent position when Quintin Shepherd leaves for a new job at an Iowa school district.

3/24/2015

Lodi USD is using the Bomgar Remote Support solution to provide tech support to its 3,000 employees and to comply with federal laws that protects the privacy of student education records.

3/24/2015

The New Jersey city's school board approved a $297 million budget for next school year that calls for eliminating 226 positions and closing a school. The cuts to staff positions were made to help close a $17.3 million budget gap for the 2015-16 school year.

3/24/2015

The House Education Committee passed Gov. Nathan Deal’s two bills to empower the state to seize control of schools deemed to be chronically failing. The state would be able remove principals, transfer teachers, change what students are learning and control the schools’ budgets.

3/24/2015

Carroll County Public Schools will bring Discovery Education’s new digital math textbook to its middle and high school classrooms districtwide. Math Techbook features Common Core and state standards-aligned math content, interactives, videos, digital tools and game activities.

3/24/2015

Mobile apps by SchoolInfoApp now allow students to securely display their official school ID on their iPhone, Android or other smartphone with scannable barcodes and pertinent information. Another new feature allows teachers to issue digital hall passes to help with schools' out-of-class management policies and procedures.

3/24/2015

A second major bond rating agency has downgraded Chicago Public Schools' debt, a move that could cost the district as much as $228 million. The move aggravates the already considerable financial problems at the district, which is projecting a $1.14 billion budget deficit next year.

3/24/2015

Public-education systems struggle with a lack of racial and economic diversity. In many cities, the choice of a school is an individual family’s decision that can become entangled with the future health of the school system itself. We are likely to see more equality in these systems when more families are willing to elect to send their kids to schools dominated by lower-class minority populations.

3/24/2015

With so many children getting about half of their daily calories from school meals, it’s critical that school cafeterias provide healthier options. The latest research suggests one way to get kids to eat more fruits and vegetables is for schools to develop menus with chefs.

3/24/2015

This week, the Kentucky Supreme Court will hear arguments on whether schools can be held liable for failing to stem bullying that causes a student's suicide. The teachers and administrators have prevailed in two lower courts, but the Supreme Court will decide whether to reinstate the lawsuit in a case that could have major consequences with the prevalence of bullying.

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