Submitted by Ariana Fine on Wed, 07/29/2015 - 11:56pm
The state has embraced online learning in a big way with the largest virtual school system in the country. Upward of 200,000 students take at least one online course, a surge driven by the 2011 Florida Digital Learning Act requiring at least one online course to graduate.
Submitted by Ariana Fine on Wed, 07/29/2015 - 11:09pm
The additional programs brings the number of choice programs available up to 500 for the large Florida county's students. Wi-Fi on school buses is also on the list of new options for the new school year.
Submitted by Ariana Fine on Wed, 07/29/2015 - 7:21pm
Controversy surrounds the Florida school district's decision to monitor students' and teachers' social media posts. The software program being used allows the school district to search thousands of posts on sites to hunt for keywords that might indicate potential dangers, including cyberbullying, suicide and crime.
Submitted by Ariana Fine on Wed, 07/29/2015 - 6:48pm
The city has agreed to amend how it calculates the amount of available space in school buildings, which are often shared by multiple schools. It has also agreed to consider bigger adjustments to the city’s school-space tally, like factoring in how many special-needs students a school serves when calculating how much space it requires.
Submitted by Ariana Fine on Wed, 07/29/2015 - 2:00pm
A commissioned report reiterated the longstanding problem of racial disparities in student success in the distrct. The preliminary study included a few suggestions, such as hiring more minority teachers as well as more teachers of English as a second language.
Submitted by Ariana Fine on Wed, 07/29/2015 - 12:12pm
The state Department of Education refuses to release the 2013-14 graduation rates for 58 percent of the state’s public school districts and charter schools, mostly smaller ones. The department says that according to its legal interpretation, doing so would violate a state law meant to protect student privacy.
Submitted by Ariana Fine on Wed, 07/29/2015 - 1:05am
The U.S. learning software company is exploring a sale that it hopes could value it at as much as $3 billion, including debt. Blackboard provides custom software to help students collaborate on assignments and communicate with teachers.
Submitted by Ariana Fine on Wed, 07/29/2015 - 12:54am
The redesigned custom course builder allows educators to quickly identify and organize the building blocks of a course to further personalize the learning experience for each student. Additionally, educators are able to search curriculum by topic and standard to facilitate even more customization.
Submitted by Ariana Fine on Wed, 07/29/2015 - 12:51am
The company has expanded its WWAN platform with the introduction of the cloud-delivered AER 3100, which provides an all-in-one networking and security solution.
Submitted by Ariana Fine on Wed, 07/29/2015 - 12:46am
The dark side to Texans' competitive nature is a growing abuse of rules prohibiting transfers for athletic purposes. One partial solution is to have cases heard by a different district’s executive committee, at least mitigating direct conflict of interest.