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4/7/2014

4/7/2014
Capstone Professional debuted several professional development offerings to support teachers and administrators in the implementation of the Common Core State Standards. These resources, under its Maupin House imprint, cover subjects such as reading and writing strategies, linking K2 literacy and more.
4/7/2014
Hooda Math is launching educational versions of the Flappy Birds and 2048 games, available for free on the math games website. Both games are optimized for mobile devices and can be accessed from any device.
4/7/2014
Like it or not, testing is the best way to produce uniform standards and accountability. Opting out is more common among higher income families. If the kids from rich families don’t take the test how can we know what poorer children are or aren’t getting from their schools?
4/7/2014
Student information, like electronic health records, remains much more sensitive than other kinds of consumer information. In state after state, parents and other education activists raised concerns that student data would be exploited for financial gain or stolen by hackers.
4/7/2014
More than a dozen states are considering legislation to repeal their involvement in the Common Core State standards, responding to a surge of discontent from an unlikely coalition of conservatives, parents, unions, and teachers.
4/7/2014
About 70 percent of the city’s schools were considered segregated in 1972, when parents filed the lawsuit that prompted a federal judge to order the district to desegregate. An analysis found that in 2012, 70 percent of schools in the city were segregated.

4/4/2014

4/4/2014
Northampton's school committee named John Provost, currently the superintendent of the North Brookfield Public Schools, as the city's new superintendent. He will replace Brian Salzer, who left the post for a job in Germany after only two years.
4/4/2014
Currently, charter students in Pennsylvania who want to play multiple sports must play for their school teams if that sport is offered and, for other sports, may play on teams at their neighborhood public school. A proposal is being introduced that would limit sports programs at charter schools.
4/4/2014
Faced with a $75 million shortfall, the Camden City School District announced plans to eliminate 575 positions, resulting in as many as 400 layoffs. The layoffs are attributed to declining enrollment, overspending and cuts in federal funding. The cuts amount to a 32 percent reduction in central office staffing and 20 percent in school staffing.
4/4/2014
The new visual learning programs build on ST Math’s pre-K through fifth grade curricula and expand middle and high school offerings, which were limited to intervention and fluency programs. The new programs are ST Math: Grade 6, ST Math: Middle School Supplement and ST Math: High School Intervention.
4/4/2014
Under current state law, seniority is used as the sole factor in staffing decisions in Pennsylvania's districts, with the recent exception of Philadelphia. House Bill 1722 presents an opportunity for the state to fix this and protect excellent teachers by reforming the practice of seniority-based layoffs.
4/4/2014
McLean County Medical Society is sponsoring a Human Anatomy Cadaver Dissection Lab for advanced-level high school students interested in careers in medicine. Labs, which will cost no money but offer no credit, will be limited to students who have the interest, maturity and intelligence to work on dissection.
4/4/2014
The Bangor School Committee approved a $43.7 million budget for fiscal year 2015, an increase of 2.42 percent over this year’s budget. The increase is to accommodate the rising costs of personnel and utilities coupled with a nearly $1 million decrease in funding from the state.
4/4/2014
Eric Williams, currently superintendent for Virginia’s York County schools, will become the new superintendent overseeing Loudoun County Public Schools' more than 65,000 students as of this summer. He will succeed Dr. Edgar B. Hatrick III, who has served as superintendent for 23 years.
4/4/2014
The Buffalo School Board voted to terminate Faith Morrison Alexander, a chief of school leadership, and Yamilette Williams, chief of curriculum, assessment and instruction, because they lacked the New York district leader certification needed to do their jobs. Despite earlier intentions to try to retain them as interns, there were too many job responsibilities they could not fulfill in that role.

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