Today's Top K12 News: 11/7/2013
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The Republic
Further bringing marijuana into the mainstream, Colorado voters decided Tuesday to treat the blossoming industry like other businesses by passing hefty taxes designed to raise money for schools and regulation. Read more>>
St. Louis Today
The proposal by the Missouri Association of School Administrators seeks to render that statute moot by proposing a complete overhaul of the way Missouri rates its 520 school districts. Read more>>
From DA Magazine

They’ve got their talking points. Where are ours?

Nancy Letts

It’s time we learned that education is politics. If we’re not in it to win it, we’ll never again see public education as the hallmark of our democracy. Read more>>

Duke Chronicle
Parents and members of the community were invited to observe classroom activities and to participate in after-school discussions about education policies. The movement was backed by the North Carolina Association of Educators in an effort to raise awareness against the recent cutback of government spending on public education. Read more>>
Lancaster Eagle Gazette
The programs are still in their infancy, so questions remain about dogs that can distract, scare or send kids into sneezing fits. But they think they can cultivate their ideas to help schools across the country stay safe. Read more>>
CBS Philly
This is the web site the district will use to sell 27 closed school buildings. Some have already received interest. Drexel University was looking at University City High School, and Temple University has its eye on William Penn High. Read more>>
Memphis Flyer
According to the report, 7,555 cases of bullying were reported during the 2012-13 school year. Approximately 73 percent of those cases, or 5,478, were confirmed as bullying cases after investigation. Read more>>
Brandenton Herald
The student, who is Jehovah's Witness and prohibited by the religion from worshiping objects, refused on religious grounds, the investigation found. Officials said teacher Anne Daigle-McDonald twice placed the student's hand over his heart when the class recited the pledge. Read more>>
Opinion & Analysis
New York Times
The anguished and often angry national debate over how to improve American educational standards, focused intently on grading students and teachers, mostly bypasses how the inequity of resources — starting at the youngest — inevitably affects the outcome. Read more>>
Tulsa World
A group of researchers at the University of Oklahoma and Oklahoma State University have decided to oppose the A-F school grading system because they consider it unfair. Unfortunately, their sense of what is fair is based on flawed thinking about educational quality and gives little credit to great educators. Read more>>
Industry News
DecisionEd
By combining disparate databases, the solution helps K-12 school districts consolidate information critical to meeting their goals. A complete, easy-to-understand accounting of critical metrics enables schools to make more informed decisions that lead to improved student success and graduation rates. Read more>>
WriteCase

The WriteCase is designed for individuals, medical offices and the military where data security is of the utmost importance. It is also ideal for K-12 and higher education since it complies with the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) and Smarter Balanced (SBAC) Testing Guideline Requirements aligned with Common Core State Standards (CCSS). Read more>>

Fire-Lite
Until recently, these 144 buildings in DeKalb County School District relied on a conventional, two-way, proprietary radio system for fire alarm communications. Changes in radio frequency requirements implemented by the Federal Communications Commission led the district to seek out an alternative to replacing all radio transmitters. Read more>>
Construction Watch
Bangor Daily News
The Wells High School building project will begin construction in 2014 on 81,000 square feet of new classroom space and 39,000 square feet of renovated space which includes the gymnasium, cafeteria and auditorium. Read more>>
14 News
The elementary schools serve kindergarten through eighth grade. The school board recently decided though that it's time that the nearly 320 seventh and eighth graders get a school of their own. Read more>>