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9/22/2011

9/22/2011
The floors are just bare concrete, but students are back in classrooms at Moretown Elementary School after flood damage from the remnants of Hurricane Irene forced it to hold classes outside under tents. Like other Vermont schools, Moretown had to adapt to get students back to school as quickly as possible--a top priority in the upheaval from the Aug. 28 storm. "I think with the devastation that occurred there was this urgency to get our students ... back to some level of normalcy," Principal Duane Pierson said.
9/22/2011
GammaTech Computer Corp., a major international manufacturer and supplier of innovative notebook and tablet computers, adds to its popular line of cost-effective, high-performance, rugged mobile notebook computers with the introduction of the Durabook S15C2.
9/22/2011
PCI Education announces the sponsorship of a grant in celebration of the company's 20th anniversary. Hosted on the online community WeAreTeachers, the grant provides special education teachers the opportunity to earn money for their classroom.
9/22/2011
CourseSites by Blackboard, the company?s free, fully hosted and supported online course system has been updated to include a range of new features and support for five additional languages.
9/22/2011
Soon after he gained control of the city's public schools, Mayor Michael Bloomberg pushed to shut down enormous high schools and replace them with smaller schools. Now, his administration is pledging to do the same with middle schools, aiming to open at least 50 more in the next two years. Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott, in his first major policy speech, said Tuesday the city hopes to improve education for students in those awkward middle school years, the ones "rife with challenge," hormones and heartbreak.

9/21/2011

9/21/2011
Epson introduced the Epson? PowerLite? S11 and X12, two bright, affordable and feature-rich projectors. Starting at $449*, the PowerLite S11 and X12 replace the popular PowerLite S9 and X9 and deliver enhanced connectivity, increased brightness, flexible setup features, and extended lamp life for today?s budget conscious schools.
9/21/2011
Washington Township, meet Robert Goldschmidt. The board of education approved the township resident as the district?s new superintendent of schools at their work session last night. As an 18-year resident, Goldschmidt may not be a new face around the town, but he?ll soon become the new face of the school district. ?We?re excited to get the district moving in a new direction,? Board President Stephen Altamuro said. Speaking briefly during the meeting last night, Goldschmidt said he was eager to ?start to get a real lay of the land from the inside.?
9/21/2011
A House committee gives unanimous approval to the so-called Facebook Fix bill, which repeals much of a current law limiting student-teacher interaction online. A new law that restricts teachers? communications with students online has been the center of controversy and a court case that calls the measure an infringement on the right to freedom of speech. Representative Chris Kelly of Columbia presented the revised bill to the House Committee on Education. He tells his colleagues ?we screwed this up.?
9/21/2011
A dozen Kentucky school districts will share in an $8.8 million "integration grant" from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to help implement new common core content standards and take other steps to boost instruction. The recipients are the districts for Daviess, Fleming, Gallatin, Jessamine, Lee, Owen, Washington, Jefferson, Kenton, Magoffin and Simpson counties, and Jackson Independent Schools.
9/21/2011
Teachscape and Educational Testing Service have partnered to create the Framework for Teaching Proficiency System, the new system that helps observers make reliable, consistent, and defensible judgments of teaching practice.
9/21/2011
ASCD announces the addition of Efrain Mercado Jr. and Katie Hill to its public policy team. Mercado and Hill will support the association?s common core initiative to advance understanding and implementation of the common core state standards in targeted states and districts nationwide.
9/21/2011
A judge said Monday he's considering giving Washington state's third-largest school district the option of replacing teachers on the picket line as a strike continued despite the judge's order to return to work. "That came as quite a surprise," district spokesman Dan Voelpel said. "We didn't ask about that in court. He began speaking out loud about actions to impose next week." It would be up to the district to decide whether it wanted to hire temporary replacements, permanent replacements or come up with another plan altogether, Chushcoff said at a hearing Monday.
9/21/2011
Louisiana's Recovery School District has failed to provide strict enough oversight of the charter schools it oversees in the areas of academics, finances and legal compliance, according to a report released Monday by state legislative auditor Daryl Purpera. But the district nevertheless has made significant strides in boosting student performance and, contrary to claims made by many of its critics, is not getting more funding to do it than other districts around the state, the audit shows.
9/21/2011
Public schools in Wisconsin will have to make do with $800 million less from the state over the next two years, under the budget passed by Gov. Scott Walker and the Republican-led Legislature. But state spending on programs that provide public dollars to private schools will see a net increase of nearly $17 million.?? And, for that, these private schools can thank Alice Walton and her family.??
9/21/2011
A Los Angeles County Superior Court judge ruled Monday that the city school district can allow an outside group to run two long-struggling campuses. The teachers union had sued to stop the Los Angeles Unified School District from letting Green Dot Public Schools, a charter school organization, take over all of Clay Middle School in Athens and half of Jordan High in Watts. The other half of Jordan is operated by a nonprofit group backed by Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa. Classes have started at both campuses.

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