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9/22/2016

9/22/2016

High school grades have been the best predictor of college success, but they only explain about 20 percent of the differences between students’ college GPAs. One trait that stood out was a student's work/study habits. Compared with the those who did much worse than their high school grades predicted, those that much better planned to study three additional hours a week, on average.

9/22/2016

A state senator from Las Vegas is proposing increasing the room tax in Clark County by 2 percent for school construction. But it might conflict with a recommendation by the Southern Nevada Tourism Infrastructure Committee to increase the room tax in the county to help pay for construction of a 65,000-seat stadium to lure the NFL’s Oakland Raiders to Las Vegas.

9/22/2016

Like last year, Seattle Public Schools may reassign some teachers three weeks into the school year, and create additional split-grade classes. The district underestimated how many students would arrive on the first day.

9/22/2016

Tobacco giants have enlisted a public school teacher to convince voters to reject a $2 cigarette tax increase on the November ballot. Similar to an earlier ad funded by the tobacco companies, the new commercial contains inaccurate claims about school funding and omits information to mislead voters by saying the initiative cheats schools of $600 million a year.

9/22/2016

The Kansas Supreme Court is weighing whether the state’s school funding system can be considered adequate when one roughly one-third of students perform below grade level. The issue came up repeatedly as attorneys for the state and plaintiff school districts argued before the state’s high court.

9/22/2016

After a long hiatus of six years, the state is reopening the application process for schools that want funding to help rebuild or overhaul their aging facilities under the Major Capital School Construction program.

9/22/2016

A policy review committee discussion on mandatory recess for all Duval County elementary schools ended with the decision to draft a resolution listing the board’s expectation that daily recess be provided—a step in the right direction for parents involved with the Recess for Duval County Public Schools movement.

9/22/2016

More interactive lessons for the youngest students. Reading more fiction. Delaying teaching the order of operations in math until the fourth grade. Those are some of the changes New York State public schools may see in their classrooms, under revised standards proposed by education officials.

9/22/2016

No doubt, schools have best intentions when putting controls in place to protect the kids and school property. However, since the districts are not run or even advised by information security experts, using a school-provided device or district-mandated apps often translates into granting a nearly unlimited access to kids’ digital and often offline lives to an unknown number of parties.

9/22/2016

To address the call for diversity in STEM, RoboKind debuted a humanoid robot with African American likeness to engage students with the Robots4STEM program. The robot is designed to make fundamental computer science and coding skills approachable through hands-on learning.

9/22/2016

FloSports signed with Varsity Spirit to power Varsity.tv, a new website dedicated to live coverage and a video library of Varsity Spirit cheer and dance competitions, original documentaries, breaking news and more. The partnership includes upcoming events such as the National High School Cheerleading Championship.

9/22/2016

While Congress has yet to move on reauthorizing the act, Minnesota school officials are giving no indication of slowing down with creative ways of incorporating healthy ingredients into their students’ lunches.

9/22/2016

Voters in the 16 towns of the Minuteman Regional Vocational High School District went to the polls to decide whether to approve $144.9 million in funds to build a new Minuteman Regional High School building. Although backers of the new school unofficially won in a landslide, voters in four towns rejected the new school.

9/22/2016

Both the elementary school-focused freshINCedu and mxINCedu for middle school students are designed to expose students to the fundamentals of entrepreneurship in an engaging way and involving experienced business professionals.

9/22/2016

Data is telling us is that principals are developing styles of leadership that move away from the traditional administrative role. This new style, that we call "leadership for learning", supports instructional quality at the same time that it takes actions to involve other stakeholders in school decisions.

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