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6/15/2016

6/15/2016

In high school, where chronic absenteeism is most prevalent, it is linked to involvement with the criminal justice system, long-term health issues and poverty. Each of these comes at a high cost to society at-large. If humanitarian concerns are not enough to spur action, the costs should be. Helping people out of the cycle of poverty helps everyone succeed.

6/15/2016

Gov. Sam Brownback has called a special session for June 23 to to find the easiest solution to prevent the court-ordered cut off of all public school state funding on July 1 if lawmakers don’t pass a remedy. The Kansas governor believes an added $38 million to the school budget might prevent a shutdown.

6/15/2016

Boxlight is unveiling its new product line of 12 interactive touch P12 projectors, which includes a standard projector and stylus-only and non-interactive models in addition to laser, laser HD and laser ultra-wide projectors.

6/15/2016

The institution of public education has become an industry costing more than $600 billion annually nationwide for preschool through high school. Board members oversee a vital operation with infinite moving parts and frequently shifting goals. It seems fair to ask if qualifications should change.

6/14/2016

6/14/2016

College Abacus, a free online tool that helps families comparison shop for affordable college options, released two Spanish-language college search tools: College Ábaco, and its Pell Grant-specific partner tool, Pell Ábaco.

6/14/2016

With state education aid and property tax relief looming as major flashpoints in the state budget debate, lawmakers want to see where school districts can realize savings so more resources can go to classrooms and possibly hold the line on property taxes. The Legislature should take a new look at consolidating Pennsylvania’s 500 school districts.

6/14/2016

State data collection shows the number of homeless students has doubled in the past decade, to 1.3 million in 2013-14. One challenge is identifying those that are without permanent homes while another issue in identifying these students is stigma related to being homeless. Both resources and red tape are barriers that need to be overcome to help these students.

6/14/2016

After a year serving as the Pilot Point ISD assistant superintendent, Mark Dykes has returned to become the next leader of Collinsville ISD. Former Superintendent Dwain Milam, who accepted an offer to become the Jacksboro ISD superintendent, had hired Dykes for the Collinsville High School principal position four years ago.

6/14/2016

The Texas Teachers program launched Teachers of Tomorrow to expand its teacher certification program throughout the United States. The Teachers of Tomorrow team are already meeting with education leaders in multiple states to focus on bringing the program to regions of the country with the highest need.

6/14/2016

The answer to the lack of diversity at New York City’s best high schools is not watering down expectations or switching to a multiple-measure admission system that would add subjectivity. It’s not belittling the accomplishments of the many working-class strivers who already get in. Far better is the city's plan to offer free tutoring and test prep at more middle schools.

6/14/2016

Athens City Schools could accept hundreds of incarcerated youths into its Renaissance School this fall, using a contracted education service to provide online classes for the inmates. The agreement would allow the district to be used as a conduit for state education dollars as a contracted company seeks to offer educational services for inmates aged 17 to 21 in county jails.

6/14/2016

Velina Jo Taylor has been chosen as Brookfield School District's superintendent, the first female to hold the position. Taylor was a Brookfield teacher for 16 years before branching out to other districts. She returned to Brookfield to serve as the school principal, a position she's held for five years.

6/14/2016

The National Center for Families Learning, with support from Better World Books, debuted a new edition of Camp Wonderopolis, the free online summer-learning destination, at Camp.Wonderopolis.org. The virtual camp provides families with 42 interactive learning modules.

6/14/2016

New York City, seeking a shift from stringent penalties such as suspensions, plans to spend $47 million in the next academic year to improve the school climate. That includes about $7 million for restorative practices—such as training department staffers to spread the techniques—and adding “school culture coordinators” at 20 sites with high suspension rates.

6/14/2016

Gov. Chris Christie's administration has advanced nine charter school applications to a second round of consideration, allowing organizers to submit more detailed plans for their proposed schools. Another 15 applications were either rejected by the state, disqualified for filing errors or withdrawn.

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