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1/27/2016

1/27/2016

Some systems have moved beyond “zero tolerance” and are finding success with innovative alternative disciplinary policies. It is time that the rest of us embrace a structured approach focusing on mentorship, accountability and exposure to broad life experiences.

1/26/2016

1/26/2016

Drawing strong opinions along the way, a school voucher bill could be on the state House floor as early as next week. The school voucher program would pay for students in Tennessee's lowest-performing schools to attend a private school.

1/26/2016

Tiffany Anderson has worked as an educator for 22 years, most of them as a superintendent. She was most recently superintendent for the Jennings School District in Missouri. She will begin her leadership position with Kansas' USD 501 school district at the end of the school year.

1/26/2016

Schools participating in the Parent-Teacher Home Visit Project have seen profound results in students. The visits have improved attendance, classroom behavior and parent participation. In high school, home visits can help students make a positive transition into freshman year.

1/26/2016

Peekaboo's portal has a 360 space where kids can experience content in 3D stereoscopic or traditional monoscopic view for educational and exploration activities, and storybooks where they are in control and can pan the camera from left to right and interact with the world.

1/26/2016

The Washington House has pledged to take action next year to end the reliance on local levies to fund schools. The vote also directs the 2017 legislature to fully fund competitive salaries and benefits for teachers and staff.

1/26/2016

Citing annual data that districts report to the state, Florida House Republican leaders said public schools have spent more than $1.2 billion over the last nine years in excess of a legal cap that dictates how much in state money schools can spend per student station for school construction projects.

1/26/2016

Jonathan Ross, who has served as interim superintendent of the Blind Brook-Rye Union Free School District the past 10 months, has been chosen to take over the post permanently. Since 2001, Ross served with as Blind Brook's assistant superintendent for finance and facilities.

1/26/2016

No bill is perfect, but we are very pleased with how ESSA turned out in terms of our values. For the first time ever, the bill incorporates early childhood education. And now, in the law of the nation, you have to have high standards. That's a huge breakthrough that will hopefully help to challenge the past, where it was too easy for politicians to reduce standards.

1/26/2016

A DeKalb legislator is proposing a tax cut that would reduce county school system spending by $56 million a year and lower the school system’s property tax rate to the same level as other schools across Georgia. DeKalb schools currently impose a higher tax rate than the norm because of an exception created more than 30 years ago.

1/26/2016

Many students across New Mexico eat breakfast in their classroom after the school bell rings, but two state lawmakers are proposing a bill that may amend that. The state gets $27 million in federal funding for the Breakfast After the Bell program and the proposed changes could put that money in jeopardy.

1/26/2016

BloomBoard's new offering pairs curated collections of learning resources with the use of micro-credentials, which recognize educators for demonstrating competency with a specific skill. Micro-credentials can be transferred into credit hours. Educators can also use the platform to connect with others.

1/26/2016

Top charters do special ed the way it’s supposed to be done. They work hard to help these kids learn their way out of the program. In far too many regular schools, special education is Hotel California: You can never leave. You’re stuck there until they find a way to hand you a diploma.

1/26/2016

The Ohio Supreme Court is scheduled to hear oral arguments in a lawsuit alleging Springfield City School District is illegally shielding student information from an organization that promotes school choice. The school district had provided the information in the past, but refused in 2014, citing student privacy laws.

1/26/2016

Sheryl Stanton, the assistant superintendent of Massachusetts' Southbridge Public Schools, has been named as the new Granby superintendent. The school board had originally offered the position to Steven Lemanski but the district announced the parties did not come to a settlement, and consequently offered the position to Stanton.

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