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7/19/2016

7/19/2016

Boys are almost twice as likely to struggle with mastering English language skills than girls by the time they start school. A new report revealed that in the last academic year alone, a quarter of boys aged five in England—an estimated 80,000—started school unable to speak a full sentence with ease or follow basic instructions.

7/19/2016

Williamston​ Community Schools is being sued by the federal government over its handling of taxes on mandatory employee withholdings. The Michigan Court of Appeals ruled earlier this summer that the mandatory 3 percent withholding law was unconstitutional.

7/19/2016

Deputy Superintendent of Schools Valerie Henning-Piedmonte was elevated to superintendent of New York's Brewster School District. She is replacing Timothy Conway, who is retiring at the end of the month.

7/19/2016

If charter schools operating under the Orleans Parish School Board and the state Recovery School District link up next year, it would cost about $28 million—or about $5.5 million more than the two agencies are likely to have available, school officials estimate.

7/19/2016

At high schools that received support from the $400 million Renewal initiative, academic progress is hard to see after two years. At many of them, dwindling enrollment and internal conflicts make the prospect that they will succeed seem remote. A major obstacle, education experts say, is the short timetable.

7/19/2016

The Rochester City School Board appointed former Greece superintendent Barbara Deane-Williams as the next superintendent of schools. She retired in Greece in May 2015, then quickly signed on as senior deputy superintendent for operations in Boston Public Schools.

7/19/2016

As the pool of talented young people available to guide tomorrow's generation into the future becomes depleted, we face a drastic shortage of teachers not far down the road. Moreover, a New Jersey study showed this ominous trend comes as the demand for teachers is expected to increase 14 percent by 2021.

7/18/2016

7/18/2016

Harris School Solutions, a provider of technology software in the K12 and continuing education markets, recently purchased a share of Media-X: a provider of web-based, mobile-connected observation, evaluation and assessment solutions supporting K12 and post-secondary educators in the United States, Canada, Latin America and Europe.

7/18/2016

Many people point to segregated neighborhoods as the cause of separate schools. In fact, many of the city’s school zones and districts encompass a mix of families. And by opening up schools with school choice, there is an opportunity to make schools integrated. Instead, district parents, schools and officials have made choices that reinforce segregation.

7/18/2016

Thousands of school bus drivers are still needed for the upcoming school year, according to the Minnesota School Bus Operators Association. Almost every school district in Minnesota is facing a school bus driver shortage, with some districts needing more than 100 school bus drivers.

7/18/2016

Pennsylvania charter school advocates will wait out the summer before renewing efforts to add new layers of transparency and accountability. The charter school bill was intended as a part of an approved state budget before both sides agreed to postpone talks on charter school reform until after the summer recess.

7/18/2016

Oklahoma education officials are taking their first action ever to shut down a virtual charter school, but the school is fighting the effort. The Statewide Virtual Charter School Board has moved to terminate its contract with ABLE Charter School for noncompliance with the law.

7/18/2016

The proposed state standards are grouped by elementary grade-level standards, then middle school and high school. Current standards address only what students should know by the end of fourth and eighth grades, and by high school graduation.

7/18/2016

As enrollment in publicly funded preschool grows, many policymakers are asking, “Does publicly funded preschool work?” An answer to this question could aid decisions regarding investments in these programs. Unfortunately, determining whether publicly funded preschool “works” is harder than it sounds.

7/18/2016

Every year, measurable injuries are inflicted on already at-risk children by this state’s teacher tenure system. Liberal and conservative legal luminaries have urged California’s Supreme Court to apply heightened scrutiny to the tenure laws that prioritize teachers’ job security over pupils’ constitutional right regarding education.

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