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8/26/2013

8/26/2013

The students will use the devices all school year, and middle- and high-schoolers will be able to take them home. Curriculum materials for students' core subjects will be loaded onto the computers, reducing the need for textbooks.

8/26/2013

The next mayor can expect city students’ test scores to rise, a top state education official predicted Thursday, while also cautioning they shouldn’t be the sole indicator of whether education reforms are working.

8/23/2013

8/23/2013

Paul Coggins, attorney with the firm Locke Lord, has been hired to investigate a $24,530 contract Dallas ISD superintendent Mike Miles awarded to The LeMaster Group.

8/23/2013

Our educational system is not keeping up with that of many other industrialized countries, even as the job market becomes more global and international competition for jobs becomes steeper. We have gone from the leader to a laggard.

8/23/2013

Oregon school districts that allow or require armed personnel in schools face higher liability insurance premiums. A statement made by the Eugene, Oregon newspaper The Register-Guard and directed at the nearby Harrisburg School Board, the newspaper argues that the move means the insurers have calculated higher risk, or taken the view that firearms in schools reduce safety, rather than promote it. 

8/23/2013

A new public charter high school being proposed in Andover, Mass., called STEAM Studio, would abide by the same laws and rules as district schools, be governed by a public board of trustees and be overseen by the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.

8/23/2013

The Los Angeles Board of Education has ratified the unusual hiring of the mayor’s top education advisor, Thelma Melendez de Santa Ana. Melendez will be brought on as an employee of the LA USD, but with her salary and benefits paid by the city of Los Angeles. The arrangement will allow Melendez, a career educator, to continue to accrue pension benefits in the state teachers retirement system.

8/23/2013

Trustees for the Socorro Independent School District (El Paso, Texas) have hired a Houston-based legal firm to conduct an investigation into the district's practices to determine who was responsible for inappropriately retaining special needs students and transfer students from Mexico in the ninth grade between 2007 to 2012.

8/23/2013

There are all kinds of geeky ways teachers can use technology to help their students perform better and learn more. One big problem, however, is that often, instructors either don’t know where to find these tools or just don’t understand how to use them. That’s exactly where Bill Gates wants to lend a helping hand.

8/23/2013

Tillywig’s mission is to provide retail buyers, news media, parents and consumers with product information and reviews of superior children’s products available in today’s marketplace. Listening to audio books raises reading scores, since proficient reading is the result of listening comprehension (i.e. vocabulary and fluency) and decoding skills.

8/23/2013

Headed back to school at Valley Christian High in San Jose? A tip: You're better off putting a dog biscuit into your pack rather than something that could give you a buzz. You'll want to stay on the right side of Ranger and Sparks, two drug-sniffing golden retrievers who will be appearing on the hilltop campus a couple of times a month.

8/23/2013

Looseleaf binders, No. 2 pencils, rulers—and bulletproof whiteboards? Armored accessories including backpack inserts and clipboards are showing up on back-to-school shopping lists in the wake of campus shootings. But some security experts say safety-conscious supplies like whiteboards-turned-shields are impractical at best, and a diversion from real life-saving resources at worst.

8/23/2013

Indiana Judge Joseph VanBokkelen found in favor of a Fort Wayne district's ban on students wearing "I (heart) Boobies!" bracelets, designed to promote breast cancer awareness. The ACLU brought the suit to defend the rights of a student who had the bracelet taken away from her in school, arguing that high school students are mature enough to deal with the bracelet's sexual innuendo. The judge said the evidence did not support that stance.

8/23/2013

Idaho’s pathway to better public education could come with a price tag of more than $300 million, based on some preliminary recommendations from a state task force studying education reform. But Gov. Butch Otter, who formed the task force last December, told Idaho Education News he is more interested in hearing the task force’s ideas on what to do than asking its members to provide a budget.

8/23/2013

President Obama got back on the bus Thursday with both a short- and long-term agenda. Over Thursday and Friday, the president planned to discuss proposals to lower college costs as he rolled through upstate New York and northeastern Pennsylvania. In the longer term, he is getting ready for potential budget battles in September, including the prospect of a government shutdown.

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