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9/2/2011

9/2/2011

Amistad Academy Middle School in New Haven, Conn., the flagship school in Achievement First?s public charter school network in New York and Connecticut, has selected Time To Know?s Digital Teaching Platform for its fifth grade math curriculum.

9/2/2011

Massachusetts' state auditor is calling for sweeping reform of oversight and financial accountability for the state's 30 special education agencies after her office found that several of the collaboratives had misused millions of public dollars.

An audit of the Merrimack Special Education Collaborative, READS Collaborative and the Southeastern Massachusetts Education Collaborative by State Auditor Suzanne Bump revealed patterns of lavish spending and salaries, conflicts of interest and overall systemic problems in standards, oversight and accountability.

9/2/2011

SoftChalk, a leading developer of educational software, announced SoftChalk 7, the next generation of its flagship content authoring solution. SoftChalk CONNECT Plus has also been enhanced.

9/2/2011

Educational technology developers at Imagine Learning have released an expanded version of Bookster, the company?s free interactive storybook app for kids. The new version of features a bookshelf, more books and the ability to preview books before downloading.

9/2/2011

The Cisco Foundation awarded a $250,000 grant to the non-profit education researcher MIND Research Institute, to bring MIND?s innovative visual math education program to 4,000 students in Arizona.

9/2/2011

In one week ? one incredible week ? the Kansas City School District emerged from the storm with a new superintendent.

Steve Green, 57, a former superintendent of a New York City sub-school district and most recently the chief executive of the Kauffman Scholars program in Kansas City, accepted the post of interim superintendent and was introduced by the school board Wednesday night.

?I come ready, willing and able to send the Kansas City School District to the next echelon of excellence,? he said.

9/2/2011

Senate Republicans are reportedly preparing legislation that would allow schools to privatize instructional services.

The Michigan Association of Secondary School Principals reports that Senate Education Committee chair Phil Pavlov (R-St. Clair) is preparing an education reform package that would allow school districts to hire teachers through a private company and avoid expenses associated with union jobs.

9/2/2011

The South Dakota Supreme Court on Thursday upheld the constitutionality of the state's system for funding school districts, rejecting the schools' arguments that the current arrangement does not provide enough money to assure students of an adequate education.

In a unanimous ruling, the high court said a lawsuit supported by about two-thirds of the state's school districts raises serious questions about the funding system and shows that some districts struggle to provide adequate facilities and qualified teachers.

9/2/2011

Five Worcester schools were among 15 schools statewide learning yesterday that they will receive $25,000 to $60,000 each to help them implement changes as part of their innovation school designation. Innovation schools are existing schools that have asked the district for and received more authority over operational issues, such as curriculum and staffing.

Worcester?s five innovation schools will use the money for professional development for teachers, technology and fine-tuning the curriculum, said Superintendent Melinda J. Boone.

9/2/2011

A.J. Duffy, who headed a teachers union that has long fought against charter schools, now is starting his own. And some of his ideas are going to trouble some educators and his friends in the labor movement.

The longtime anti-charter crusader wants to make it harder for teachers to earn tenure protections and wants to lengthen that process. He even wants to require teachers to demonstrate that they remain effective in the classroom if they want to keep their tenure protections.

9/2/2011

The college dreams of thousands of students who are illegal immigrants moved closer to fulfillment Wednesday after the state Senate approved a bill that for the first time would give them access to public financial aid.

9/2/2011

When appointing John Covington chancellor of Michigan's Education Achievement System, a plan to transform low-performing schools that will pilot in Detroit before expanding statewide, Gov. Rick Snyder (R) signaled his reliance on the new chief to help rescue the state's most distressed students.

9/1/2011

9/1/2011

Sep. 24 to Oct. 1 is Banned Books Week, an annual celebration of the freedom to read and create awareness to protect access to books, says Barbara Jones, Director of American Library Association?s Office for Intellectual Freedom, the group behind Banned Books Week. Local communities across the country celebrate Banned Books Week to emphasize the importance of our First Amendment rights and give kids the opportunity to read barred stories.

9/1/2011

Ten years may have passed, but the memory of Sep. 11 remains vivid in the minds of those who lived through it. Although students may have been very young or not yet born, when the World Trade Center was attacked, educators have found ways to memorialize at their schools and in their curriculum. Building fragments, particularly, have made their way around New York, Connecticut and New Jersey. A steel beam from the North Tower was delivered to Barnegat Township (N.J.) School District and will be displayed at the district?s high school.

9/1/2011

Educators who download the online catalog before September 30 have the opportunity to enter to win $250 from our extensive Brightpoint Literacy collection.

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