Submitted by Ariana Fine on Thu, 04/10/2014 - 11:37pm
The launch of the first school voucher program has been approved to give families of as many as 5,000 children vouchers for private school tuition in Tennessee. However, companion legislation remains bottled up in the House, raising the likelihood that lawmakers will adjourn for the year without settling on a plan to roll vouchers out.
Submitted by Ariana Fine on Thu, 04/10/2014 - 6:07pm
Three fundamental flaws in the General State Aid formula have contributed to historic levels of funding inequality: The complexity of the formula, the continual flow of state funding to districts regardless of how much is spent locally per pupil, and the failure to account for extraordinary costs associated with students with special needs.
Submitted by Ariana Fine on Thu, 04/10/2014 - 5:50pm
Tom Leonard, the superintendent of a suburban Chicago district, has been named the lone finalist to lead the Eanes district beginning the next school year. Current Eanes Superintendent Nola Wellman plans to retire in August.
Submitted by Ariana Fine on Thu, 04/10/2014 - 5:22pm
eNetColorado, the Colorado BOCES Association and Capstone's myON are co-sponsoring a digital reading trial during the spring and summer months. The trial launches on April 14 and ends on July 31. Educators, students and families will have unlimited access to over 4,000 enhanced digital books from Capstone.
Submitted by Ariana Fine on Thu, 04/10/2014 - 5:17pm
Scholastic Education and Mindset Works are joining forces to translate lessons from growth mindset research into everyday educational practices to boost student motivation. Scholastic will distribute Mindset Works' Brainology software program for students and the Mindset Works EducatorKit for teachers.
Submitted by Ariana Fine on Thu, 04/10/2014 - 5:00pm
Lisbon's board stayed in-house to choose a new superintendent, naming Principal Joe Siefke to the position under a new 3-year contract. He succeeds longtime Superintendent Don Thompson, who is retiring June 30.
Submitted by Ariana Fine on Thu, 04/10/2014 - 4:32pm
Submitted by Ariana Fine on Thu, 04/10/2014 - 1:43pm
Capstone's newest line of database modules, PebbleGo Next, builds off of the company's PebbleGo databases for grades preK-3. PebbleGo Next will feature content for grades three through six. Debuting in the fall, its first State and American Indian Studies module will explore history, geography, government and people.
Submitted by Ariana Fine on Thu, 04/10/2014 - 1:34pm
Cengage Learning's Gale has launched Analytics On Demand, a data analysis tool for libraries. With software from Alteryx, the program enables library administrators to integrate external data sources with internal data output from their integrated library systems and other platforms.
Submitted by Ariana Fine on Thu, 04/10/2014 - 12:38am
Allentown is planning to open a new career-focused high school emphasizing a smaller learning environment, project-based learning, internships and 21st-century skills. The district would lease a building, use teachers from its existing faculty and cover the new school's expenses through grants and the district's general fund.