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7/18/2014

7/18/2014

Families expect to spend more on school items than they did last year, even though more than 80 percent say the tough economy still impacts their spending decisions, according to the National Retail Federation’s annual back-to-school survey.

7/18/2014

ASCD is offering a variety of professional development resources for new teachers entering the education profession this upcoming school year. In addition to these resources, the organization has book bundles specifically for teachers’ professional development at discounted prices.

7/18/2014

What if we could change the perception of math from being an enigma to being a part of our everyday lives? One way is by making math hands-on, interactive and, yes, even fun. Children learn by playing, so we need to let them play with mathematical concepts.

7/18/2014

The Luther Burbank School District has named Michelle Richardson as its next superintendent. Richardson has been assistant superintendent for business and operations at Travis Unified School District in Fairfield.

7/18/2014

Louisiana Attorney General Buddy Caldwell has given the state school board the go ahead to hire private attorneys to fight Gov. Bobby Jindal in court over school testing contracts if necessary.

7/18/2014

The state intends to allocate $21 million in a second round of grants designed to improve school security, and this time will allow private and parochial schools to apply for the money. Last year, the program disbursed $21 million to 604 public schools in 111 school systems across Connecticut.

7/18/2014

The state's Commission on School Accreditation will consider declaring a state of emergency next week to take control of the Greenwood school system. Gov. Phil Bryant must approve the emergency declaration before officials can appoint a conservator, removing from office the current superintendent and school board.

7/18/2014

Math education needs a reboot. Kids today are growing up into a world awash in data, and they need new skills to make sense of it all. Let’s get rid of high school calculus and start teaching young students the math skills they really need.

7/18/2014

Verso Learning announced the United States launch of its formative assessment tool, Verso App. Already used by 1,700 K12 schools in 95 countries, the app is free, available through iTunes and Google Play, and works on any mobile device as well as most popular browsers.

7/17/2014

7/17/2014

A measure to lift the Massachusetts’ cap on the number of charter schools failed by a wide margin in the state's Senate. Senators voted against a proposal that would make the charter expansion contingent on the state fully reimbursing traditional school districts when students transfer to charter schools.

7/17/2014

The companies that create the most important state and national exams also publish textbooks that contain many of the answers. Unfortunately, low-income school districts can’t afford to buy them.

7/17/2014

The Shelby County School Board has approved an application by Memphis Goodwill Inc. to open a free public charter high school for adults called The Excel Center. Starting next fall, the school will offer adult dropouts a second chance to return to high school and earn their high school diplomas.

7/17/2014

Louisiana's Board of Elementary and Secondary Education offered a new compromise proposal to Gov. Bobby Jindal in the ongoing disagreement over Common Core education standards. The school board agreed to have the Department of Education solicit new bids for standardized testing services in public schools that would have to align with "nationally recognized standards."

7/17/2014

Cambium Learning Group, Inc.'s Kurzweil Education, Inc. division launched its newest Kurzweil 3000–firefly literacy software. This version includes nearly 40 updates to Kurzweil 3000 for Windows, Mac, and the web-based firefly that will help learners read and understand content, then demonstrate what they have learned.

7/17/2014

Sudden cardiac arrest can strike anyone. That's more support for why a new Illinois law that requires high school students to be trained in CPR and automated external defibrillator use makes sense.

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