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12/5/2014

12/5/2014

Students at Nebraska's Westside High School are using biometric fingerprinting scanners to purchase their lunches to keep others from using another’s account through a registered verification system. The software was installed to improve student account security, eliminate errors and eliminate student ID cards.

12/5/2014

All school districts in the country are required to tell the federal government how many times kids have been restrained in their schools. But some districts aren't following through with reporting incidences, including New York, Los Angeles and Chicago.

12/5/2014

For the second consecutive year, Washington has the largest group of new national board certified teachers, according to the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards. A total of 946 Washington teachers achieved their certification this year, which nearly doubles last year’s first-place ranking of 516.

12/4/2014

12/4/2014

Google's Chromebooks have officially unseated iPads as the most popular new devices shipping to schools in the U.S., according to the Financial Times, which cited figures from IDC. In the third quarter of 2014, Google shipped 715,500 of its Web-based laptops into U.S. schools, compared to 702,000 iPads.

12/4/2014

Five bills were signed that are intended to expand vocational education in New Jersey, including requiring public colleges to set up partnerships with high schools for college-level vocational courses.

12/4/2014

Officials from at least three Michigan school districts are warning parents of an app that's turned some of their students into victims of cyberbullying. After School — Funny Anonymous School News For Confessions and Compliments — is a free anonymous and private message board app.

12/4/2014

For the first time, the U.S. Army is using public school quality as a determining factor in where to station soldiers and their families, as the military further prepares for downsizing.

12/4/2014

Chicago Public Schools officials unveiled new school performance ratings. Under the system, most of the district's 664 schools have been put into one of five levels, two more than used previously.

12/4/2014

The state's high school graduation rate rose about one percentage point in 2014 to 88.6 percent, according to the Department of Education. But data from individual schools show that some students, especially in urban and low-income districts, are remaining in high school for a fifth year to graduate.

12/4/2014

Delaware's charter school system is resegregating the state's public schools with those serving minority students vastly under-performing those serving more affluent white students, the ACLU of Delaware and Community Legal Aid Society are arguing in a complaint to the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Civil Rights.

12/3/2014

12/3/2014

Gov. Peter Shumlin says school spending projections will require a 2-cent increase in the statewide school property tax rate. The new report by Vermont's tax department estimates that education spending will increase by just under 3.1 percent in fiscal 2016.

12/3/2014

The Connecticut Elementary and Secondary Social Studies Frameworks curriculum proposal is a model that local districts can use but is not state mandated. The instruction focuses on students not only knowing the answers to key questions in history, economics, geography and civics but also understanding what questions to ask to separate out valuable information.

12/3/2014

School district officials turned over 20 boxes in response to a federal grand jury subpoena for documents related to its troubled iPad project's bidding process and the winning bidders. The investigation is a broad one, seeking records related to Apple and Pearson that predate the bidding process or that involve other projects.

12/3/2014

The Minneapolis district is merging everything from attendance to test scores to discipline data into one computer dashboard for teachers and administrators. School officials are hoping the new information will help close what has been one of the largest achievement gaps in the country between whites and students of color.

12/3/2014

Eliminating free all-day kindergarten classes, reducing school weeks to four days to save energy and staff lay-offs are among the options the districts will begin to consider in January. Eight districts say they must now cut millions from their budgets because voters failed to support their override requests in the November election.

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