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Worrying about child's safety at school

Twenty-nine percent of U.S. parents say they fear for their child's safety at school while 10 percent of U.S. parents of K12 students say their child has expressed worries about his or her safety at school. This figure has been fairly consistent since 2003.

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Georgia school students getting poorer

The latest numbers from several groups show an estimated 63 percent increase in students living in school districts with at least 20 percent of students in poverty since 2006. Several groups are now pushing for more “flexibility” in spending, arguing that students in high-poverty schools require more services and money, but often get less than their better off peers.

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Cameras improve Texas district's school security

In Corpus Christi, the Flour Bluff ISD recently upgraded to an Arecont Vision megapixel IP camera system that includes more than 130 cameras watching the district's six campuses.

Two Texas districts switch to efficient, integrated system

Already using Skyward for its financial operations, Georgetown ISD turned to the Student Management Suite for all-in-one access to student data, online scheduling and the Family and Student Access portal. In addition, Klein ISD selected the Student Management Suite from Skyward.

Illinois governor signs law limiting school discipline

Under the new legislation, students can only be suspended, expelled or referred to an alternative school if all other "appropriate and available" alternatives are exhausted. Additionally, the bill provides struggling students with academic and behavioral supports, and promotes fairness by holding public schools and charter schools to the same standards for school discipline.

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Despite settled law, schools still struggle to get religion right

We need to provide more teachers and administrators with in-service training by non-partisan, qualified experts on how to apply the religious-liberty principles of the First Amendment. After all, why waste money on lawyers and religious freedom or infringement lawsuits in schools that can be much better spent on innovative classroom resources, higher teachers’ salaries or new technology?

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School supply ‘lists’ go against guarantee of free education

The Idaho Constitution requires that public schools be free. But what does the word “free” mean? When a school presents a long list, including brand names, it becomes a requirement to conform, especially when the lists include materials that clearly stock school inventory for general classroom, not individual, use.

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10 big hurdles to identifying and educating the nation’s smartest kids

There are problems in how high-ability students are taught in the U.S., Europe and Asia. For example, U.S. federal and philanthropic efforts to improve schools have concentrated almost exclusively on low achievers and bringing them up. Our nation is also exceptionally bad at producing low-income high achievers.

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Ed tech companies to create adaptive learning experiences

As part of a new partnership to develop game-­based assessments and explore adaptivity in games, Muzzy Lane’s technology for game-­based learning will be combined with Knewton’s adaptive platform.

Athens City Schools takes lead in providing virtual school option to Alabama students

The school system is partnering with Fuel Education to provide its online course catalog, technology platform and tools to Athens Renaissance School, a new full-time online and blended public school for K12 students in Alabama. The courses that will be taught by both Athens City Schools teachers and FuelEd’s certified teachers.

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