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7/21/2014

7/21/2014

Fanning the firestorm over Common Core State Standards is the fear that by adopting common standards, states are signing onto a national curriculum and thus undermining the decisions of local school boards and educators. Standards remain constant, but curriculum can be altered locally year to year or classroom to classroom to ensure students are meeting the learning goals.

7/21/2014

An analysis shows an unintended consequence of Chicago's choice system: students of different achievement levels are being sorted into separate high schools. WBEZ found few schools in the city enroll the full span of students. Instead, low-scoring students and high-scoring students in particular are attending completely different high schools.

7/21/2014

Back-to-school shopping is no longer a frenzied one-day spending spree. Families are spending more, but they are doing so over a longer period of time as they search for the best deals. Families are expected to spend $670 on average on back-to-school shopping, up 5 percent from last year.

7/21/2014

The state Board of Education has given approval for its members to take all-expenses-paid trips touring out-of-state charter school networks seeking approval to operate in Texas. The fact-finding missions will be funded by private foundations or individual donors — not taxpayers or the charter schools themselves.

7/21/2014

Georgia's Board of Education has proposed up to 30 exemption days per school every year to give schools options to sell sweet treats during fundraisers. School officials can allow fundraisers to sell food no longer allowed in schools under the federal nutrition standards.

7/21/2014

The city of Springfield has allocated well over $1 million for security maintenance and further enhancements recently, including equipping schools with cameras, door buzzers and other security equipment and personnel.

7/21/2014

Critics say newly installed stop-arm cameras on Iowa City school buses violate the city’s traffic camera ban that, when adopted in 2013, was considered rare and possibly unique nationally. At minimum, they said these cameras, which help identify motorists passing school buses illegally, violate the spirit of the law.

7/21/2014

High school graduates have nearly three months of transition before starting college. During those months they are neither high school nor college students, a loss of direction that keeps some from showing up on the first day of college classes.

7/21/2014

Gaggle is now offering integration with Microsoft OneDrive, providing school districts using Office 365 an added layer of safety with Gaggle's proprietary filtering and human monitoring service. In addition, school districts that use Gaggle for email archiving can now choose to archive Office Online documents.

7/21/2014

Blackboard has debuted a tiered set of solutions addressing challenges such as retention, student engagement, learning analytics, communications and standards preparedness. The company is offering five K12 solutions that center on teaching and learning and community engagement.

7/18/2014

7/18/2014

King George Middle School Principal Kevin Newman will become superintendent of Colonial Beach Public Schools. The top school position has been vacant since Superintendent Kathleen Beane resigned last month to take a post with Caroline County schools.

7/18/2014

Alabama's Jasper City Schools System has a new superintendent. Ann Jackson, currently the principal at Memorial Park Elementary School, will be the district’s new leader.

7/18/2014

Nimble Minds' new app, Bud's Rhyming Words, has been released worldwide on App Store, Google Play and Amazon. The app's three games teach children about word families, CVC and short and long vowel words.

7/18/2014

Critical safety changes were announced that impact all Massachusetts schools. The Massachusetts Task Force on School Safety and Security released a 30-page report that lists 29 safety recommendations for school leaders.

7/18/2014

The Omaha school board, with the clock ticking to finalize a list of construction projects in time for a November election, will consider a plan for renovating and building new schools that would cost $683 million. The bond issue would be the largest in the district's history and likely in state history.

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