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9/9/2011

9/9/2011
REDDING -- A Northern California school district will not administer drug tests to students in extracurricular activities as part of a legal settlement. The American Civil Liberties Union on Tuesday announced the settlement to a lawsuit against the Shasta Union High School District. The Shasta County district already tested student athletes for drugs when it expanded the screening in 2008 to include nonsport activities such as the school band. School officials said the testing would deter drug use, but a group of students sued the district over the policy.
9/9/2011
Data Rescue PC 3.2, a do-it-yourself hard drive data recovery software, is the best solution for recovering files from a crashed or virus-corrupted hard drive.

9/8/2011

9/8/2011
Killeen Independent School District (TX) is meeting its varied professional development goals through a new partnership with ASCD PD in Focus, which provides employees with on-demand access and flexibility.
9/8/2011
PLATO's innovative new products include Accucess, an adaptive diagnostic assessment, and flexTest, a quiz and test builder.
9/8/2011
DreamBox Learning announced that its award-winning intelligent adaptive learning math platform, DreamBox Learning K-3 Math, has been proven effective in helping students achieve math proficiency in a study conducted by SRI International.
9/8/2011
Frontline Technologies, Inc., provider of the Aesop? system, has signed a covenant promising not to sue CRS, Inc. for any claim of infringement under Frontline?s ?519 patent. The United States Patent and Trademark Office rejected certain claims in the ?519 patent as being unpatentable.
9/8/2011
Iowa education leaders unveiled a framework for overhauling Iowa?s education system that calls for high school exit exams, doing away with an almost century-old teacher pay system and expanding charter schools.
9/8/2011
WASHINGTON --The president's reported $300 billion plan to resuscitate a stagnant job market remains in a fairly vague form, one day before the president is set to discuss it in an address to a joint session of Congress. But sources outside of the administration are hopeful about one component: money that would be spent to rehire or retrain teachers and repair failing school systems.
9/8/2011
Stefan Pryor, a deputy mayor in Newark who was a founder of a well-known New Haven charter school, is expected to become Connecticut?s education commissioner. At its regular meeting on Wednesday, the State Board of Education will recommend to Gov. Dannel P. Malloy that Mr. Pryor be named commissioner, said Mark Linabury, an Education Department spokesman.
9/8/2011
New Yorkers are broadly dissatisfied with the quality of their public schools, and most say the city?s school system has stagnated or declined since Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg took control of it nine years ago, according to a New York Times poll. Mr. Bloomberg has made improving the schools a focus of his mayoralty, seizing authority over the bureaucracy, doubling the budget and opening hundreds of additional, small schools. Still, even as his overall approval rating, 45 percent, is at a six-year low, considerably fewer residents ? 34 percent ? approve of how the mayor is handling education.
9/8/2011
When Maurio Medley, an eighth-grade math teacher at Ocoee Middle School in central Florida, wants to teach his students how to find the volume of a cylinder, he doesn't turn to a textbook or chalkboard. Instead, he turns on a 3-D-enabled projector to rotate a virtual Euclidian solid. Schools are trying to keep up with the multiplex, keen to find ways to engage students in an age of 3-D movies and gadgets that make traditional classroom materials look dated. And the technology and equipment makers are eager to create a new market for their 3-D products.
9/8/2011
ATLANTA ? Sitting in the polished offices of a lawyer who specializes in corporate criminal defense, Beverly Hall looked tired. It is not easy being the pariah of a major American city. Dr. Hall, once named as the nation?s school superintendent of the year and a veteran of 40 years in tough urban districts including New York and Newark, now stands marked by the biggest standardized test cheating scandal in the country?s history.
9/8/2011
A new solar plant in Florence has started churning out power for nearly one dozen Phoenix-area school districts and will soon be available to residential customers who don't want to hassle with rooftop solar panels. Salt River Project said the new 20-megawatt Copper Crossing Solar Ranch is part of the utility's effort to ramp up production of renewable-energy sources. SRP buys electricity generated by the new plant under a long-term contract with Iberdrola Renewables, which owns and operates the plant on Bella Vista Road in Florence.
9/8/2011
Teachers in D.C. Public Schools who perform well will see some easing from a controversial evaluation process introduced by former DCPS Chancellor Michelle Rhee. The 290 teachers in the school system who earned ratings of "highly effective" for the last two years and who scored a 3.5 average on their first two evaluations this school year can opt out of the final three observations by district officials that take place over the year, The Washington Examiner reports.
9/8/2011
Butte public schools are shuttered today after district officials and administrators failed to agree on a contract for the 2011-2012 school year. Butte School District 1 and Teamsters? Union 2, which represented the 15 principals, assistant principals and directors at a last-chance meeting Tuesday evening, could not strike a deal which would have allowed schools to continue to operate. The disagreement is a 1 percent difference in the size of a salary increase for the administrators.

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