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5/24/2017

5/24/2017

Digital Promise and Education Elements' Competency-based Education Toolkit catalogues the thousands of hours and lessons districts across the country have learned. From assessment practices to tech infrastructure requirements, lessons are mapped to an implementation framework and the toolkit is available through an interactive, online portal.

5/24/2017

Two Oregon school districts that were intent on identifying warning signs that students might be contemplating a school shooting stumbled on a threat far more pervasive, that of sexual aggression among classmates. Unsure at first what to do, the districts adapted the same early-intervention approach used to handle potential school shooters.

5/24/2017

Over the long run, high-quality after-school activities can improve social-emotional skill development, classroom behavior, school attendance and high school graduation rates. That matters a lot to law enforcement as high school dropouts are three times more likely to be arrested and eight times more likely to be incarcerated than those who graduate.

5/24/2017

One overarching issue bedevils researchers' efforts to study the impact of school choice programs. It's hard to disentangle the performance of a school from the selection of its students. A school's population is always affected by local demographics. But with schools of choice, parents and students are making a decision to attend that school, so their enrollment is even less random.

5/24/2017

Several parents are challenging Mississippi’s public education system, saying the state is violating a legal promise it made a century and a half ago to keep a “uniform system of free public schools.” The unique legal theory to challenge inequities in the system says Mississippi is failing to keep its promise, made as a condition to rejoin the Union after the Civil War.

5/24/2017

The Texas Education Agency is piloting six new professional development programs supported by micro-credentials. The agency has selected BloomBoard as its partner in this new competency-based learning pilot that involves approximately 400 teachers, counselors and school board leaders across Texas.

5/24/2017

Along with its new “Learn. Plan. Succeed.” graduation program, Chicago Public Schools is requiring students to achieve credits in specific science-based courses before crossing the stage and picking up their diplomas. A new grad program announced earlier this year is requiring the class of 2020 to formulate a post-graduation plan

5/24/2017

A group of legislators and political consultants say they have a policy solution to upgrade America’s old school buildings by tweaking the tax code so that old school buildings can access federal historic preservation tax credits. Supporters of this approach estimate that between 15,000 and 20,000 school buildings would be eligible for the tax credit.

5/24/2017

Aiken County Public School District will now use Softdocs Etrieve to help the district create, store and manage human resource and finance data and forms in order to increase workflow and document management efficiencies.

5/24/2017

Districts across the state are struggling to pay for the rapidly rising cost of pensions. Both teachers and administrators pay into the same fund. But when the time comes to retire, it’s not a level playing field. Administrators’ salaries are set by school boards that can approve big pay raises during the years that determine the pension amount while teachers’ salaries are limited by collective bargaining agreements.

5/24/2017

School systems across Alabama are awaiting a big announcement. They are competing for $13 million released by the state to add roughly 100 pre-K classrooms across the state. Grants for the classrooms are organized through the Alabama Department of Early Childhood Education.

5/24/2017

Considering the controversy that engulfed Flint, MI, cities and school districts are anxious about potential lead levels in drinking sources, but there are a variety of viewpoints on how concerned parents should be, how school districts can limit the amount of lead in water and what can be done if students are potentially impacted by elevated lead levels.

5/23/2017

5/23/2017

Chicago Public Schools said it plans to add up to $500 million in debt to its load of long-term obligations, an announcement that comes just days after Mayor Rahm Emanuel said the district would use a short-term loan to settle bills, including a massive pension contribution.

5/23/2017

An Arizona district's top school official is leaving to oversee the Hawaii State Department of Education. Gilbert Public Schools Superintendent Christina Kishimoto will become Hawaii's superintendent, following a job search that included nearly 100 applicants.

5/23/2017

Texas legislators advanced a version of the divisive "bathroom bill" regulating transgender students' restroom access. The proposal, which would affect public schools, was introduced as an amendment to a bill about emergency procedures at schools. It passed the House but still needs approval from the state Senate, which is expected to support it.

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