Industry News

6/25/2015

6/25/2015

Maker Studio Construction Sets are available for free at MakerBot Thingiverse, a 3D design community for discovering, making and sharing 3D printable things. The MakerBot and ThinkFun product enables educators, children and parents to transform ordinary household items into engineering-inspired machines.

6/25/2015

The North Carolina district's students will learn a new system for crossing the road to get on school buses that school leaders hope will improve safety for the 80,000 children who ride daily.

6/25/2015

A National Retail Federation poll finds that 29 percent of households with children plan to spend more on back-to-school shopping this year—up from 24 percent in 2014. However, a separate study by America's Research Group found that 58 percent of parents said they would buy only minimally during the traditional back-to-school season.

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

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

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.

6/25/2015

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

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.

6/24/2015

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 IT industry trade association has launched Skillsboost, a new, free resource on IT careers for students, parents and educators. It includes the latest information on careers within the IT industry with interactive infographics, a video series to "test drive" technology jobs and more.

6/24/2015

To reduce many of the challenges that accompany student population growth, Cotati-Rohnert Park USD has chosen GuideK12's web-based analytics software to enable administrators to visualize student data on an interactive map.

6/24/2015

The state’s sixth largest district, Grand Island Public Schools, has adopted ClassLink’s single sign-on solution districtwide to help students manage multiple logins.

6/24/2015

Texas can finally say goodbye to its failed experiment with criminal prosecution of truants. Measures that help schools crack down on habitual truancy should be supported, but putting children through a criminal trial system leading to fines and potential jail sentences was overkill.

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