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New law altering bus routes could cost La. district up to $1 million in extra costs

A new state law forbidding students from crossing the street to board a school bus may cost Ouachita Parish Schools $500,000 to $1 million for more fuel. That would be the case since parish school buses must plan a “double-run” down each side of a street to pick up students, which may also result in longer bus schedules and waits.

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School funding canard: Money isn't the answer

For all the empty rhetoric during state elections over public school funding and demands for more money, a Cato Institute analysis provides a fresh perspective on the correlation between state spending and SAT scores over the past 40 years. There doesn't seem to be a correlation — certainly not one that suggests more money is the answer to improving student achievement.

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Compton school police authorized to carry AR-15 assault weapons

As Compton students head back to school, residents are expressing concern about a school board policy passed in July that allows campus police who pass an internal selection process to buy semi-automatic AR-15 rifles and carry them in their patrol car trunks while on duty.

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California schools join national mobile technology integration program

Rancho Minerva Middle School and Vista Innovation and Design Academy are among eight schools in the nation chosen to take part in Verizon Innovative Learning Schools, a program focusing on the greater use of mobile technology in education to enhance students' studies in the classroom and at home. The program will provide students and teachers with tablets and training.

Discovery Education adds exclusive content from family of networks

Discovery Education has added 38 exclusive videos from Discovery Communications’ family of networks to its suite of digital resources. Educators can now integrate series from Discovery Channel, Science Channel, Animal Planet and American Heroes Channel into classroom instruction through Discovery Education’s digital education services.

Chicago trying to unload dozens of closed schools

More than a year after Chicago Public Schools (CPS) closed nearly 50 schools for under-enrollment, there has been little progress on finding new uses for most of the now-empty buildings. CPS is bound by a promise district chief Barbara Byrd-Bennett made not to allow privately run charter schools into any of the buildings.

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FreshGrade secures funding for classroom engagement and assessment tool

FreshGrade announced it has secured $4.3 million in seed funding from education and venture capital firms: NewSchools Venture Fund, Emerson Collective, Accel Partners and Social Capital. Designed by developers in collaboration with teachers and parents, FreshGrade is a classroom engagement and real-time assessment resource for administrators, teachers and parents.

Indigo Project offers career assessment tool

The Indigo Project has been developed, in collaboration with TTI Success Insights, to provide an assessment system that measures motivation, strengths and skills specific to an individual student. Indigo then matches this evaluation to an extensive database of higher-education programs and, when appropriate, potential employers.

Hold Texas schools to a higher standard

Students and parents start a new school year filled with hope - hope for a better year than last and hope for new successes. But the way our state currently assesses schools makes that target of success elusive.

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Newark City Schools sides with Common Core

Newark City Schools was part of a pilot program, but statewide, Common Core takes full effect for the first time this fall, meaning its true effect on students' education is still hypothetical.

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