Industry News

10/9/2014

10/9/2014

Mobile County Public School System, Alabama's largest school system, has expanded its partnership with Discovery Education with the launch of the Digital Literacy Media Project. Under the professional development program, a network of teachers and media specialists create and share innovative teaching strategies for BYOD transitions.

10/9/2014

Motorola Solutions announced a new handheld mobile device for schools and universities. The MOTOTRBO SL300 digital portable radio is a two-way, push-to-talk communication device that offers a shatterproof Active View display with LED and a long battery life.

10/9/2014

The Toledo School District is asking voters to approve a $23.5 million bond to remodel outdated features at its high school and make additional renovations to the elementary and middle schools. This is the school district’s first bond vote in 18 years.

10/9/2014

The Virginia city's school officials are conducting an intensive internal investigation of student records after a board member shared confidential information about at least 20 students with a vendor that provides mental health services.

10/9/2014

The Chicago Public School system has faced notorious budget cuts in recent years, and closed 49 schools in 2013. Recent money-saving moves to privatize management of custodial and cafeteria services have drawn the ire of parents and faculty, who have alleged schools are dirtier — and school lunches are worse than ever.

10/9/2014

Indianapolis Public Schools next year could consider bringing a free public boarding school — one of just a few in the country — to the city. The concept behind the school is to build a stronger academic school and a safer, more stable daily life for lower income children.

10/9/2014

California education officials were ordered by a judge to immediately help the Los Angeles USD resolve continuing class-scheduling problems at Jefferson High School that have left some students unable to attend courses they need to graduate.

10/9/2014

Two issue briefs released this week demonstrate how issues surrounding school discipline uniquely impact LGBTQ and gender non-conforming youth of color. They face persistent and frequent harassment and bias-based bullying from peers and school staff as well as increased surveillance and policing, according to the Crossroads Collaborative/Gay Straight Alliance Network study.

10/9/2014

The Asheville City Board of Education approved a budget that includes the construction of two new schools. The $109 million schools budget includes $55 million for capital outlay. In addition to the new elementary and middle schools, city schools have about $989,000 in other capital projects.

10/9/2014

The Cleveland Heights-University Heights school board approved the schematic design for the $78.8 million Cleveland Heights High School renovation, despite the project coming in 4 percent –- more than $3.1 million –- over budget.

10/9/2014

A State University of New York committee approved 17 additional charter schools to open over the next two years, with 14 of the charters going to Success Academy, the city’s largest and most controversial network. The other three charters went to Achievement First. The schools are projected to serve more than 11,700 students.

10/9/2014

District-by-district reporting procedures are not uniform, due to the use of different student information systems. An incident at one school which mandates police involvement may not even require parental notification in another district. When allocating millions of dollars to cashed-strapped districts, a useful and uniform incident policy should be followed.

10/9/2014

The primary duty of schools is to teach. Yet at high schools throughout California, students are assigned to “classes” with no instruction, in which they're warehoused, assigned chores or even sent home for a period or two. The latter is, in effect, school-sanctioned truancy.

10/8/2014

10/8/2014

A week after California enacted a law restricting the ways education technology companies can use the information they collect about students, companies such as Microsoft, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Amplify, Edmodo and 10 others have committed to not selling information on K12 students. They have also pledged not to use students’ data to target them with advertisements or to compile personal profiles.

10/8/2014

SchoolReach released Community App, a mobile app solution with custom-branded iPhone and Android apps that feature modules such as school calendars, staff directories, homework information, lunch menus, school social media accounts and more.

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