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8/30/2011

8/30/2011
Some Waltham students started their lessons a little early last week, practicing how to get themselves in and out of the new lap and shoulder seat belts that are now on all the district?s school buses. Students in all grades and their parents were invited to board school buses parked at various campuses to try out the belts in preparation for the first day of school Wednesday. Waltham appears to be the first public school district in the state to adopt the safety measure for all its buses, although several districts, including Newton, already use lap belts.
8/30/2011
Acer debuts the S5201M Projector with ultra-short-throw projection and an Acer SmartPen that writes directly on the projected image to enhance presentations, improving audience collaboration, communication and learning.
8/30/2011
?Teacher Feature? allows schools to set-up email accounts, and classes can create a home page and connect to the many educational wonders of the web while safety filters are working behind the scenes.
8/30/2011
Digital Signage Expo, the world?s largest International Tradeshow and Conference dedicated to digital signage, interactive technologies and digital Out-of-Home Networks, will present new educational opportunities for the first time in March 6-9, 2012, at its annual event in Las Vegas, themed ?Digital Signage in a Connected World.
8/30/2011
Monday, Indiana?s Board of Education is expected to rubber-stamp a contentious plan for the state to take over three high schools and one middle school in Indianapolis, paving the way for the Hoosier state?s first experience running local classrooms. If the plan is approved, private managers would be put in charge of Manual, Arlington and Howe high schools as well as Emma Donnan Middle School. Two other high schools would receive help from consulting firms. Under Indiana law, the state can take over schools after their sixth year of academic probation.
8/30/2011
A majority of Indiana's school districts are now rated an "A" for test performance as both schools and school districts made strong gains in the state ratings. Some schools with lower grades will receive the equivalent of an asterisk, suggesting that their grade should have been higher. This year's ratings, released today by the Indiana Department of Education, for the first time use an "A to F" grading scale in conjunction with five categories previously known as exemplary progress: (A), commendable progress (B), academic progress (C), academic watch (D) and academic probation (F).
8/30/2011
When told the safest way to protect her children from allergic reactions from food during school lunch time would be to have them eat at a "peanut-free table," Christina Robinson-Race initially worried that her children would feel like outcasts. "I thought, 'My kids are going to be those kids who are sitting at a table by themselves.'"
8/30/2011
School's never out for 14-year-old Zoe Bentley. Nor is it ever in. The perky teen from Tucson, Ariz., explores what she likes, when she likes as deeply as she chooses every day of the year. As an "unschooler," Zoe is untethered from the demands of traditional, compulsory education. That means, at the moment, she's checking out the redwoods of California with her family, tinkering with her website and looking forward to making her next video on her favorite subject, exogeology, the study of geology on other planets.

8/29/2011

8/29/2011
The state of New York has scrapped a controversial $27 million contract between Rupert Murdoch's Wireless Generation and the state's Education Department, the New York Daily News reports. Wireless Generation tracks student test performance and is an independent subsidiary of News Corporation. The New York City Comptroller's office first approved the contract last month amid investigations surrounding Murdoch's involvement in the News of the World hacking scandal.
8/29/2011
When the Indiana State Board of Education meets in Indianapolis Monday morning, it will decide the fate of five public schools slated for state takeover. It won?t be an easy decision, despite the fact that board members have discussed the matter for months. And, according to one board member, the takeover is still not a done deal.
8/29/2011
Society's troubles don't stop at the schoolhouse doors, and tallies of weapons, drugs and fights collected by the Oklahoma State Department of Education show just how vigilant officials have to be to ensure that schools remain safe havens for kids. The data show that bullying is the greatest day-to-day threat to students' safety and security in Tulsa County's largest school districts - Tulsa, Broken Arrow, Jenks, Owasso and Union. Officials say greater awareness of bullying's emotional and psychological tolls has moved the issue to the forefront of student discipline.
8/29/2011
With hurricane Irene making its way towards the Jersey shore, thousands of residents are taking refuge in the many shelters being set up across the state. Several of the shelters have reached full capacity, calling for more emergency locations to open and accept New Jersey residents. One such newly opened shelter is at Colts Neck High School. Operated by a team of volunteers and managed by experienced volunteer Diana Noble, this shelter is running at full force to accommodate as many people as it can.
8/29/2011
As children across the nation head back to school, we turn now to a number of recent developments in education news. Here in New York, nearly 780 employees of the city?s Education Department will lose their jobs by October in the largest layoff at a single agency since Michael Bloomberg became mayor in 2002. I reported in today?s Daily News that those layoffs are going to be hitting particularly hard the poorest school districts in the city. The layoffs stem from budget cuts to schools, which have occurred in each of the last four years.
8/29/2011
Atlanta public school officials appeared on Friday before a county grand jury investigating alleged cheating by teachers and principals on standardized tests and turned over 95 volumes of subpoenaed documents, officials said. The documents were on DVDs, CDs and cassettes, Atlanta Public Schools spokesman Keith Bromery said in a statement. The school system asked for a three-week extension to deliver other documents subpoenaed by the Fulton County grand jury, Bromery said. The district needs more time to put the documents in a digital format, he said.
8/29/2011
John Covington, the outgoing superintendent for the Kansas City, Mo., School District, will become the first chancellor for the new statewide district for Michigan's lowest-performing schools. Covington will run the Education Achievement Authority (EAA), which will take control of some struggling schools in Detroit starting next year. On Friday, the EAA executive committee unanimously approved Covington, who will be paid $225,000 a year with a $175,000 signing bonus. The contract is for four years.

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