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2/4/2016

2/4/2016

Generally speaking, ending the Gap Elimination Adjustment (GEA) would benefit better-off districts; boosting Foundation Aid, on the other hand, would help poorer ones. But properly funding schools should not be about taking political sides. The state should stop balancing its budget on the backs of schools. The GEA is about as blatant a gimmick as it gets. It should be eliminated.

2/4/2016

Wake County Schools needs more than $2 billion to cover all of its school construction needs over the next seven years. District leaders say money from a 2013 school bond referendum is quickly running out. They need $1.1 billion for new schools, which include 10 elementary schools, two middle schools and three high schools.

2/4/2016

A bill in the Washington Legislature would create a new way for students to anonymously send information about threats, potential mass shootings or other life-threatening situations at their schools.

2/4/2016

Vernier Software & Technology has developed LabQuest Stream. This wireless and USB sensor interface allows students to collect scientific data from multiple sensors with a mobile device, Chromebook or computer.

2/4/2016

Children perform worse in school when their parents are diagnosed with depression, suggests a study from Sweden. On the range of factors that influence a child's school performance, parental depression falls between a family's economic status and parental education.

2/4/2016

But with $2.4 billion in construction permits issued last year in Tampa, there aren’t enough workers to build it all. So companies are recruiting younger and younger for high paying jobs.

2/4/2016

Students at 10 Washington. D.C.-area elementary and middle schools can expect an extra month of classes next school year as part of Mayor Muriel Bowser’s initiative to help struggling pupils make the grade. An additional two weeks will be provided for students who need extra support.

2/4/2016

A new report shows missing as few as two days of school per month has a significant impact on Mississippi students’ academic success, particularly in the early years. Although minority students are more likely to be chronically absent nationally, the trend is reversed in Mississippi, where 17 percent of white students and 14 percent of black students were chronically absent during the 2013-14 school year.

2/4/2016

A new system would take years and years to straighten out — and, most likely, years and years of legislative bickering and court fights. Why create such problems in the middle of current turmoil caused by over-testing, under-funding, vouchers and the explosion of choice programs?

2/4/2016

The impact of the seven-year-old Building Excellent Schools Today program has been blunted in recent years because of a cap on how much BEST can spend every year on repaying the lease-purchase agreements used to build new schools. A new proposed bill would raise spending cap, allowing for additional large projects.

2/3/2016

2/3/2016

Version 3 of Lightspeed Systems Support's Web Filter offers more than 100 new features and enhancements, including a new user interface, increased filtering speed and scalability, live traffic reporting, cloud-based configuration backups and superior SSL traffic handling.

2/3/2016

Despite new rules on school discipline, change isn't coming fast enough for families. Most reporting on school discipline in Washington state shows a distinct skew in suspension rates, with African-American students racking up high numbers and data that imply Asians rarely fight, backtalk or get tossed from class.

2/3/2016

The state's schools are no longer required to send students to pricey for-profit and nonprofit tutoring providers. Nearly 700 California districts spent $142 million on tutoring last school year, despite studies showing the providers returned small or insignificant improvement in student achievement.

2/3/2016

Not to dismiss the bullying aspects of "mean girl" personal insults delivered among teens via text message, inappropriate texts are even more serious when they're directed at an entire school or district. If even for practical reasons only, parents should repeat admonishments that a social media perpetrator doesn't stay unidentified for long, and is likely to be prosecuted.

2/3/2016

The 3068AV headphone is being offered as a headset, featuring an attached noise reducing microphone to engage students in active speaking and listening. The headset includes two audio plugs, the 3.5 mm To Go and USB, for versatile use with mobile, computer or gaming devices.

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