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2/6/2017

2/6/2017

Under threat of receivership, the mayor, superintendent and the teachers union president in Springfield crafted a first-of-its-kind plan for a Massachusetts school system that spun off the middle schools into what effectively is their own miniature school system.

2/6/2017

The newly released myON version 3.7 provides a variety of features, including more beginning reader support, updated standard alignments to titles on myON, additional faculty reports, and read-aloud speed options for any book in the collection.

2/6/2017

Thanks to a 1.7 percent increase in enrollment, along with other factors, Worcester could see a roughly $9 million increase in revenue. But because of salary increases, rising health insurance costs and other new expenses, keeping operations at the same level in fiscal 2018 will require a $10.6 million spending increase.

2/6/2017

Changes come after feedback from students, parents and teachers indicated the current system was causing an academic arms race. Within the next five years, Spokane Public Schools will end the valedictorian system as well as rankings for high school students. 

2/6/2017

Across rural Minnesota last year, voters in more than 20 school districts rejected requests for more taxpayer money to build. In some districts, farmland accounts for more than 90 percent of the tax base for school construction projects — even though farm families often make up only a small sliver of taxpayers and students.

2/6/2017

Principal Educators Professional Inventory is an instrument that measures candidates’ strengths on dozens of data points to help match candidate characteristics to school needs so school district leaders can objectively assess principal applicants and accurately predict their impact on student achievement.

2/6/2017

With the support of a packed room of activist groups, parents and students, the board voted unanimously to prohibit all weapons from school-affiliated property. The policy, which applies outside school hours, prohibits students, staff and visitors from carrying a gun regardless of a concealed weapons permit.

2/3/2017

2/3/2017

A new budgeting product has been added to Allovue's signature software platform, Balance. Balance Budget was built to simplify the time-consuming process of creating and managing district budgets across central office departments and schools.

2/3/2017

A Utah teacher-turned-legislator is sponsoring a resolution in this year's Utah Legislature, encouraging the state's high schools to make classes start later in the day. But a new Salt Lake Tribune/Hinckley Institute of Politics poll shows Utahns are divided on the idea of later school days with 41 percent agreeing that schools should start later and 49 percent disagreeing,

2/3/2017

For small schools in remote locations, it is understandable why local school boards want to authorize certain employees to carry guns on campus. It’s a matter of school safety, especially when it may take law enforcement a long time to reach an isolated school. That’s why the answer as to whether guns should be in schools shouldn’t come from the state level, but rather be local decision.

2/3/2017

After hearing a sobering barrage of stories from parents, Connecticut's State Board of Education decided a complete assessment of how special education is being delivered is warranted. They voted to establish a task force and give it six months to report back.

2/3/2017

The Cape Girardeau Public School District's board of education hired Neil Glass to serve as its superintendent. The current superintendent, Jim Welker, is retiring at the end of his current contract on June 30. Glass has been the assistant superintendent for the Missouri district since 2008.

2/3/2017

The Senate approved a 1.1 percent increase in state financial aid to school districts for the 2017-18 academic year after a sometimes acrimonious debate, sending it to the Iowa House, where final passage is likely. The measure will increase state funding for K12 education by about $40 million, an increase of $73 per pupil compared to the current academic year.

2/3/2017

Skill Silo announced the addition of American Sign Language to its list of online lessons, which already includes courses in Arabic, Chinese, Dutch, English, Farsi, French, German, Hebrew, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish.

2/3/2017

Evolution skeptics on the State Board of Education voted against updating Texas' ninth grade biology textbook to reflect scientific fact. While the vote—which keeps the language doubting evolution—is only preliminary, the move could be seen as a red flag for teacher advocates, evolution experts, and Texans who generally believe in science.

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