Industry News

1/23/2015

1/23/2015

The new California funding formula can be read to encourage school districts to keep students classified as English learners longer than necessary to receive more money. The state should remove this incentive by altering the formula to allow districts to continue to receive grants for students at least two years after they are reclassified.

1/23/2015

The new Quick Key Pro mobile app's assessment software eliminates grading by hand, gives access to real-time data and enables teachers to scan assignments for a greater number of students.

1/23/2015

Nureva Inc. announced its first education product, Nureva Troove digital portfolio software. This cloud-based solution is designed for K12 students to show learning progress and teacher and parent input.

1/23/2015

HP launched new assessment technology, hardware products, software bundles and online educator training courses, including National Education Technology Assessment, HP Education Edition tablets and a notebook, and HP Teaching with Technology online courses, among other products.

1/23/2015

District of Columbia Public Schools has selected Follett and its Aspen solution to help the 47,000-student district manage its student data, support enrollment, scheduling and behavior, and help track student attendance and prevent truancy.

1/22/2015

1/22/2015

How might schools better equip students with a shortage of guidance counselors? One solution is to bring in mentors who take pressure off the overwhelmed guidance counselors. Retirees are one great source of talent — they have the experience, time and wisdom.

1/22/2015

Chancellor Carmen Fariña will restore a centralized hierarchy to New York City’s schools, largely dispensing with one of the core management philosophies of the previous mayoral administration. Beginning this fall, most principals will report to superintendents and to regional centers.

1/22/2015

A proposed Illinois bill to overhaul the state’s nearly 20-year-old school funding formula will now include a new provision accounting for regional cost differences, such as higher teacher salaries in districts where the cost of living is higher.

1/22/2015

As part of a budgeting exercise this month, the state school board's leadership team recommended shifting funding from public schools to charter schools. The proposal is largely theoretical, but some worry it shows the changing philosophical makeup of the public school oversight committee.

1/22/2015

More than half of Gov. Jay Nixon’s proposed $129 million increase in basic aid to elementary and secondary schools hinges on the Legislature’s expanding Medicaid to cover the working poor, a move GOP legislative leaders have called a nonstarter.

1/22/2015

The governing board of the 24,000-student Dysart USD must cut $6 million — the amount of the 143 teachers' salaries and benefits — from its 2015-2016 budget because of a failed budget override.

1/22/2015

A state representative will file bills placing some limits on the way the Tennessee Achievement School District takes over a school. Another bill proposed last week would require the district to hire back 30 percent of teachers with high performance marks upon a charter school takeover.

1/22/2015

The state constitution only requires a person running for state superintendent be at least age 25, a U.S. citizen and a qualified elector. Perhaps when the state was in its infancy, those qualifications were enough. But we need to require more qualifications by appointing, rather than electing, a superintendent of public instruction.

1/22/2015

Mobile County Public Schools, the largest school district in Alabama with more than 58,000 students, selected GuideK12's geovisual analytics to assess the district's data for boundary analysis, program placement, resource placement, emergency planning and proactive decision-making.

1/22/2015

The South Carolina district's school officials will approach voters for permission to borrow more than $226 million over the next five years to build new facilities – including a new high school and a new middle school – and to renovate existing buildings.

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