Industry News

6/25/2015

6/25/2015

School districts were back before the House Education and the Workforce Subcommittee on Early Childhood, Elementary and Secondary Education this week to ask for more flexibility in the new healthy school lunch regulations, which they say have made school lunches unappealing.

6/25/2015

The New Jersey city's school advisory board has thrown its support behind a bill that would temporarily curb the growth of charter schools around the state. The proposed bill has particular gravity in Newark, where about 40 percent of students currently attend charter schools.

6/25/2015

The Worcester School Department plans to expand an electronic report card pilot program to eight new elementary schools next school year. The new digital model enables administrators and families to track students' records online while teachers can more easily submit grades.

6/25/2015

OpenEd's online library of resources for K12 teachers has picked up new partnerships with learning management system companies Otus Learning Management Network and Atlas Learning, and Higher Learning Technology for its test prep apps.

6/25/2015

Through the new standards tracking tool's intuitive, streamlined, color-coded interface, educators can plan and track the frequency of lessons taught and assessed against each standard, as well as measure proficiency levels by class.

6/25/2015

Nevada is the new frontier for school choice, with a big opportunity to succeed or fail with its universal access and substantial funding levels. Whether $5,200 will provide equitable access, whether the supply side can create new quality schools, and whether parents can access quality information will be the factors that will significantly shape the market.

6/25/2015

Wyoming lawmakers likely will face tough choices in coming years over how to fund the state's K12 educational system because of falling mineral revenue. In the 2017-18 school year, the state's account for school construction will receive an estimated $137 million in revenue, while spending is projected at more than $510 million.

6/25/2015

A major construction boom is underway in public school districts across North San Diego County — thanks to hundreds of millions of dollars in bond revenue approved by voters in recent years.

6/25/2015

More than six million children in the U.S. receive special-education services for their disabilities. Of those age 6 and older, nearly 20 percent are black. The real problem is that black children are underrepresented in special-education classes when compared with white children with similar levels of academic achievement, behavior and family economic resources.

6/25/2015

Arlington's proposed 2015-16 district budget includes more than $395 million in construction funds to for two new elementary schools, a campuswide career and technical center, multipurpose activity centers at each high school and several other projects.

6/25/2015

Michigan's second largest school district, Utica Community Schools, will begin laying off more than 30 teachers as part of its budget balance plan that includes staff layoffs, the sale of vacant district property, the consolidation of bus routes and cuts in the district's alternative program.

6/25/2015

It used to be that you risked detention for disrupting an elementary school classroom. Nowadays, disrupting a school system can earn you startup funding. A case study explores a new breed of "microschools" focused on reducing costs, enhancing educational impact, prioritizing customer satisfaction, and using technology to create continuous improvement.

6/24/2015

6/24/2015

The $145.4 million raised by education technology companies in May 2015 was spread across 18 different deals with at least 41 unique investors participating. The AltSchool micro-school startup, which uses project-based curriculum supported by custom-built technologies, led the way with its $100 million in Series B funding from 11 investors.

6/24/2015

The closure of the Halau Lokahi charter school could lead to legislative changes, and is proving to be a learning moment for the state's 3-year-old Charter School Commission. Unlike most states, charters in Hawaii are state agencies. That means the state may be responsible for debts if a school closes.

6/24/2015

The Senate Education Committee voted to approve legislation that provides for a new funding school formula. The formula gives weight to factors such as poverty, local wealth, ability to raise revenue to pay for schools, students who attend charter schools, and rural and small district conditions.

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