Industry News

12/10/2012

12/10/2012

Three western Nebraska school officials accused of failing to report allegations that high school wrestlers sexually assaulted a young teammate at a summer wrestling camp will not face charges, an attorney for two of the officials said Friday.

12/10/2012

Court rulings on student transfers and school funding will collide with the desire of charter school and voucher advocates to take advantage of a new Republican majority when Arkansas legislators tackle education issues next year.

12/7/2012

12/7/2012

The Education Division of the Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA) announces that Dr. Karen Billings, VP for the Education Division at SIIA, was inducted into the Association of Educational Publishers (AEP) Hall of Fame.

12/7/2012

The Technology Committee at Minnesota's North Branch Area Public Schools has been named the 2012 TIES Technology Leadership Team award winner. The committee was chosen for the prestigious award for its leadership in bringing technology to the classroom, efforts in building community around technology in the classroom within the school district and the community, and the wide variety of technologies and practices it encourages in the school district.

12/7/2012

The Wentzville School District has announced that CFO Dr. Kari Monsees has been selected as the new Superintendent of the Raymore-Peculiar School District near Kansas City, MO. Dr. Monsees has submitted his resignation to the Wentzville Board of Education effective June 30, 2013, which will allow him to assist in the transition process once a new CFO is hired.

12/7/2012

The achievement gap between English language learners (ELL) and students in lower socioeconomic groups is often associated with a language gap. Ballard & Tighe, Publishers recently completed a beta test of Word Raider: Escape, a new online video game that teaches academic vocabulary to students in grades 2-5.

12/7/2012

The leader of Indiana's Senate Education Committee said Tuesday that Republicans shouldn't change the state schools superintendent position to one appointed by the governor following the election of a Democrat to that office. Republican Sen. Dennis Kruse said he would oppose any effort to make the job an appointed one, at least until incoming schools Superintendent Glenda Ritz's term expires in 2016.

12/7/2012

Former Seattle School Superintendent Maria Goodloe-Johnson died Wednesday in Detroit at the age of 55. A friend and colleague who directs the Council of the Great City Schools, Michael Casserly, told The Seattle Times she was recently hospitalized with cancer.

12/7/2012

Capstone Digital, developer of personalized literacy environments for students, announces their myON™ reader platform will be augmented with the addition of 46 titles from Hachette Book Group's Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, publisher of bestselling picture books, fiction, and nonfiction for middle grade and young adult readers.

12/7/2012

Texas Education Commissioner Michael Williams announced today he's stripping all power from El Paso Independent School District trustees, citing a lack of trust from the community they represent. Williams plans to appoint a five-member board of managers to replace the school district's seven elected trustees, who have come under fire for failing to catch a districtwide cheating scheme devised by former Superintendent Lorenzo Garcia.

12/7/2012

The Libman Company, a leading U.S. brand of high quality cleaning products, has partnered with the Healthy Facilities Institute (HFI), the National Parent Teacher Association (PTA), the New Jersey PTA, and the Brick, New Jersey, Lake Riviera Middle School PTA to donate more than $20,000 worth of Libman's top selling mop, the Big Tornado Mop, to the Hurricane Sandy Relief Effort.

12/7/2012

The accidental deaths of two special needs students from Hillsborough County Public Schools in Tampa, Fla. this year are shedding light on the need for comprehensive, mandatory emergency preparedness training for paraeducators.

12/7/2012

The NAACP says it is mobilizing volunteers to lobby at the state and local levels for its biggest push to overhaul public education since the 1954 Supreme Court decision that integrated the nation’s classrooms. The historic civil rights organization unveiled a plan Thursday for salvaging U.S. public education. It advocates having children spend more hours and days in school, extending the number of years devoted to school, improving teacher training and preschool programs, and routing a greater share of school funds to the neediest students.

12/7/2012

The state education board has granted tentative approval to a plan to establish a charter school in Baton Rouge that would serve students with dyslexia. The proposed school — called Louisiana Key Academy — would serve students afflicted with the condition, which impairs the ability to read.

12/7/2012

Florida's interim education commissioner told worried lawmakers on Thursday that glitches in the first release of scores under the state's new teacher evaluation system are being fixed and that there's no reason to delay its implementation. The Department of Education took down a website showing nearly 97 percent of Florida teachers were rated "effective" or "highly effective" in the last school year within hours of putting it up on Wednesday.

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