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6/21/2013

6/21/2013

The Tucson Unified School District's governing board voted 4-1 to appoint Heliodoro Torres Sanchez to lead Tucson schools after John Pedicone announced his resignation in March.

6/21/2013

After hearing brief arguments from the state and the six parties in the case, State District Judge John Dietz announced that a new six-week trial would begin on Jan. 6. The suit was filed last summer after lawmakers cut $5.4 billion from state public education funding while simultaneously implementing a rigorous new testing and accountability system.

6/21/2013

The Indianapolis Public School Board has picked eight semi-finalists to interview to become its next superintendent. Board president Diane Arnold hopes to narrow the list to three or four finalists by Monday.

6/21/2013

While computers and internet access are common in the classroom, students are often using this technology for simple foundational exercises, rather than higher-order data analysis or statistics work that will help prepare them for the modern workforce. The bottom line: Schools are not getting a big enough bang for their education technology buck, according to a new report.

6/21/2013

The Philadelphia School Reform Commission voted to change a 31-year-old policy, now making it easier for schools to accept much-needed grants or donations. The original policy, established in 1982, said that gifts, grants, donations, or scholarships of $5,000 or more needed approval. Today, getting approval for such a small amount has become a burden.

6/21/2013

Acknowledging that the nation’s educators face large challenges in preparing students for more rigorous academic standards and tests, Secretary of Education Arne Duncan told state education officials on Tuesday that they could postpone making career decisions about teachers based on performance evaluations tied to new tests.

6/21/2013

A new report argues that humanities and social sciences are as essential to the country's economic and civic future as science and technology. The study, commissioned in 2010 by a bipartisan group of members of the Congress and conducted by the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, comes at a time when the value of liberal arts is being challenged.

6/21/2013

In a scathing speech on Wednesday, the president of the Chicago Teachers Union charged that racism and “rich white people” are to blame for the immense financial crisis facing the Chicago Public Schools.

6/21/2013

According to a new FRAC report, while 19.6 million low-income children rely on the U.S. Department of Agriculture lunch programs during the school year, only 1 in 7 of these children participates in Summer Nutrition Programs.

6/21/2013

It also features two Extron DTP 230 twisted pair inputs and a DTP 230 output for extending HDMI, audio, and bidirectional control signals to DTP 230 transmitters and receivers, each over a single CATx cable up to 230 feet (70 meters).

6/21/2013

Mindfulness, mental training that develops sustained attention, can change the way people think, act, and feel, reduce symptoms of stress and depression, and promote well-being among school children, according to a new study published online by the British Journal of Psychiatry.

6/21/2013

Russell County Middle School, part of the Russell County School District (Seale, Ala.), is one of 78 in Alabama considered failing, according to a list released Tuesday. Schools on the list could lose students and corresponding state funding if parents transfer their children to other schools and seek the state income tax credit the law allows to help them pay for such a move.

6/21/2013

Fujitsu Laboratories of America Inc. and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) announced on June 17 the joint development of a personalized learning platform to enhance the effectiveness of online learning.

6/21/2013

One of the most promising models for changing the way we feed kids is known as "farm-to-school," and it involves connecting schools with fresh, locally grown food and food and agriculture education opportunities. But there are still some common misconceptions. Here are the top 5 myths about farm-to-school.

6/21/2013

The Los Angeles Unified School District board voted unanimously to name an area elementary school in first lady Michelle Obama’s honor. The name was selected for Mrs. Obama's support of a healthy, active lifestyle, after which the school models itself.

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