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7/18/2016

7/18/2016

As enrollment in publicly funded preschool grows, many policymakers are asking, “Does publicly funded preschool work?” An answer to this question could aid decisions regarding investments in these programs. Unfortunately, determining whether publicly funded preschool “works” is harder than it sounds.

7/18/2016

Every year, measurable injuries are inflicted on already at-risk children by this state’s teacher tenure system. Liberal and conservative legal luminaries have urged California’s Supreme Court to apply heightened scrutiny to the tenure laws that prioritize teachers’ job security over pupils’ constitutional right regarding education.

7/18/2016

Scenario Learning and the Associated School Boards of South Dakota (ASBSD) announced a new partnership to bring the SafeSchools Online Staff Training System to ASBSD’s 150 public K12 school districts throughout the state.

7/18/2016

The general state aid projections are less than the entitlement claims for most Illinois area districts during the last school year. Because lawmakers have not allocated enough money for general state aid in recent years, the state has prorated funding to districts across the state, meaning districts have not received what they were entitled to get.

7/18/2016

Illinois' decision to get rid of high school PARCC exams and give a college entrance exam to 11th-graders came after the U.S. Department of Education determined that Illinois had run afoul of federal law and threatened to withhold federal education dollars because of the controversial way the state tested high school students in 2015 and 2016.

7/18/2016

Harris School Solutions, a provider of technology software in the K12 and continuing education markets, recently purchased a share of Media-X: a provider of web-based, mobile-connected observation, evaluation and assessment solutions supporting K12 and post-secondary educators in the United States, Canada, Latin America and Europe.

7/18/2016

Many people point to segregated neighborhoods as the cause of separate schools. In fact, many of the city’s school zones and districts encompass a mix of families. And by opening up schools with school choice, there is an opportunity to make schools integrated. Instead, district parents, schools and officials have made choices that reinforce segregation.

7/15/2016

7/15/2016

A ballot measure aimed at raising Oregon's high school graduation rate qualified for the November ballot. If voters approve it, Oregon high schools will get an average of $800 a year for each of their students to help more of them graduate.

7/15/2016

During Richland Two's annual superintendent evaluation, Debbie Hamm informed the school board that she will retire from the superintendent position at the end of the 2017 school year. Hamm has been with the district for 40 years.

7/15/2016

As part of a broader overhaul of California's history and social science curriculum, the state board of education approved changes in classroom instruction to comply with the nation's first law requiring public schools to include prominent gay people and LGBT rights milestones in history classes.

7/15/2016

The Mississippi Department of Education released its letter grades for schools and districts. But officials cautioned that this year’s results reflect the final year of a waiver from the U.S. Department of Education to compensate for the state transitioning to new college and career readiness standards.

7/15/2016

Georgia education leaders unveiled The Financial Efficiency Star Rating, which uses expenditures per pupil and the state Department of Education’s school report card to establish a star rating of one to five. The numbers are based on a three-year average of per-pupil spending versus scores on the index, which is largely driven by results on state standardized tests.

7/15/2016

For most of Indiana's taxing districts, the school corporation controls the largest pot of property taxes. But the majority of schools don't necessarily need more money. What they need are new school boards with more teachers and fewer administrators so the focus is on education, not special interests.

7/15/2016

​In collaboration with the College Board, Learning List has developed a review methodology that assesses Advanced Placement (AP) materials’ alignment to the learning objectives and skills/practices contained in the new AP course frameworks for math, science and history courses. The College Board will use Learning List’s reviews to select materials for the AP Example Textbooks lists.

7/15/2016

A new college counseling strategy District of Columbia Public Schools officials implemented last academic year has already paid off with students. The school system provides its high schools with the four- and six-year completion rates at every college and university at which the city's students have enrolled to increase the rates for its graduates.

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