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Edmentum rolls out new courses and tools to personalize learning

Edmentum launched its new Flex Assignments to customize instructional content and the Virtual Collaboration Space to connect with students in a synchronous environment. In addition, new courses have been added to Plato Courseware and EdOptions Academy, including math and English language arts, over 40 state-specific ones and more career technical education courses.

New student information system version released

With HTML5 as its core technology, eSchoolPLUS 4.0 offers expanded features including responsive design, advanced navigation tools, and mobile-first design concepts.

MasteryConnect launches professional development platform

In addition to offering unique content from MasteryConnect, the new web-based Mindful professional development platform will offer teachers access to School Improvement Network’s library of more than 2,500 videos.

Data Recognition Corporation acquires assets of McGraw-Hill Education

The educational assessment services provider is buying key assets of the CTB assessment business of McGraw-Hill Education. Data Recognition Corporation will acquire CTB's statewide custom business and summative shelf assessment products, including TerraNova, LAS Links, TABE and TASC Test Assessing Secondary Completion high school equivalency assessment.

Busy construction season at Alaska district's schools

The Anchorage School District is having one of its busiest summer construction seasons in almost a decade. About $170 million worth of projects are taking place this summer, ranging from parking lot improvements to major renovations.

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Move to restrict construction noise near NYC schools

A bill to curb construction noise within 75 feet of public and private schools to less than 45 decibels during school hours is being pushed by some New York City Council members concerned about the effect on learning. It is facing resistance from the building industry, which sees the bill as impractical.

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Latest teacher bonuses a bad idea

Florida plans to give teachers up to a $10,000 bonus based on how the teacher scored on the SAT or ACT. What does a teacher's score on a college entrance exam 10 or 20 or more years ago have to do with their current performance in a classroom?

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Dissident teachers make it to high court

The U.S. Supreme Court agreed to decide the constitutionality of compulsory union dues being challenged by 10 California public school teachers. The teachers have $1,200 a year deducted from their paychecks to pay the association not only for its union representation, but also for union political activity to which the plaintiffs object.

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Schools must raise focus on kids’ vision

We should be testing the bottom 25 percent of each class by a vision specialist who does two exams — not just at 20 feet but also for reading difficulties at 16 inches. The cost would be compared to money saved in teaching and the sequence for poor readers of remedial reading, dropping out, committing petty crime, going to prison and recidivism.

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Large Virginia district adds gender identity to nondiscrimination policy

The Arlington School Board voted to include gender identity and expression to its nondiscrimination policies for hiring teachers and other employees.

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