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7/12/2016

7/12/2016

A festering dispute over the state’s 13 cyber schools, their funding and students’ sagging test scores is reigniting in Harrisburg. A proposal tacked onto an annual education budget bill alters the formula for how much local school districts pay to the virtual campuses, and how online schools are managed.

7/12/2016

General Mills Foodservice is removing artificial flavors and colors from artificial sources from its line of Pillsbury hot breakfast items for schools, including Mini Pancakes, Mini Bagels, Frudel and Mini Cinnis. Mini French Toast and Mini Waffles will be shipping to distributors in early November.

7/12/2016

This fall, a traveling mobile lab will start making appearances at middle schools in the Omaha Public Schools system. It’s part of a well-designed initiative to strengthen Nebraska’s talent pipeline for advanced manufacturing. Maintaining U.S. manufacturing strength means having workers with a command of high-level math and computer software.

7/12/2016

The Texas district named Wade Stanford as the lone finalist for the superintendent of schools position. He is currently the assistant superintendent of administrative operations at Marble Falls ISD.

7/12/2016

Student Code of Conduct revisions that the Duval County School Board is considering could push more students into its Alternatives to Out-of-School Suspension, or ATOSS Centers, instead of having students sent home. The changes also could stiffen penalties for fighting on school buses.

7/11/2016

7/11/2016

Florida’s annual A-to-F school report card showed that far fewer schools earned top grades this year compared with last year, as campuses were judged under a new, tougher formula. The number of A-rated schools fell from 1,184 last year to 741 statewide this year.

7/11/2016

Maine could certainly stand to operate its school districts more efficiently, but cutting the number of superintendents would have little effect. Even if all superintendents were eliminated—a ridiculous notion—that would free up only $12.3 million a year. By comparison, this year the state will miss its mandate to fund 55 percent of K12 education costs by $178 million.

7/11/2016

With individual school budgets due out next week, Chicago Public Schools is telling principals that classrooms will be protected from spending cuts in the coming year. The cash-strapped district has for months threatened additional budget cuts as it pushed for more state help.

7/11/2016

Building off the PebbleGo databases for grades preK-3, PebbleGo Next Science will feature expanded content connected to grades 3-5 curriculum with more than 150 articles on earth science, life science, physical science and more.

7/11/2016

Lower levels of fake soil in artificial turf—a cost-saving move—may be linked to sharply higher numbers of injuries among high school football players, new research suggests.

7/11/2016

Through each Buckle Down 3-D Science for the 21st Century lesson, students in grades 3-8 develop an in-depth understanding of essential science and engineering concepts and apply it to real-world situations.

7/11/2016

Spending on state and local prisons has increased at triple the rate of funding for public education over the last three decades, according to a new analysis. Even when population changes are factored in, 23 states increased per capita spending on corrections at more than double the rate of increases in per-pupil spending on schools.

7/11/2016

Facing a torrent of accusations, K12 Inc., a for-profit company that operates taxpayer-funded online charter schools throughout California, has reached a $168.5 million settlement with the state over claims it manipulated attendance records and overstated its students' success.

7/11/2016

PD Learning Network (PDLN) is teaming up with Cyberwise to provide competency-based micro-credential badges for K12 educators with the new Digital Literacy for Teachers and Administrators course. Through a partnership between PDLN and University of the Pacific, educators will also be able to earn professional development units for their work.

7/11/2016

The Condition of Future Educators 2015 reveals that only 4 percent of the more than 1.9 million 2015 U.S. high school graduates who took the ACT test said they intended to pursue a career as an educator—either as a teacher, counselor or administrator. This is down from 5 percent in 2014 and down from 7 percent in 2010.

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