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11/22/2016

11/22/2016

A Texas state lawmaker has proposed a law that critics say would force schools to out gay students against their will to their parents. The proposed bill would entitle parents to written records held by the school district regarding their child’s well-being. School employees concealing, or encouraging a child to withhold, information would be subject to discipline.

11/22/2016

The Louisiana Association of Educators has released a report on what parents and community members say they want from public schools. Some themes that emerged included more parental involvement, rating school quality and success, school funding, resource equity, teacher preparation, testing and improvement for struggling schools.

11/21/2016

11/21/2016

The Cleveland Municipal School District voluntarily tested more than 5,000 water samples in 69 schools, starting over the summer, and found 582 were above the Environmental Protection Agency's drinking water standards. These included 79 drinking fountains and 40 faucets in common areas.

11/21/2016

The National Basketball Association (NBA) and Discovery Education signed a new multi-year partnership to deepen middle and high school students’ engagement with mathematics concepts and interactive math problems derived from NBA and WNBA game footage and statistics—such as points, rebounds, assists and more—integrated into Discovery Education’s Math Techbook.

11/21/2016

The Education Department has plans to build a system of records that will collect detailed data on thousands of students—even though experts say there are not sufficient safeguards to protect student privacy. Supporters say it will help schools better counsel students about their post-secondary education and help policymakers make smarter decisions. Critics are concerned that the data will be misused, released to third parties, or hacked.

11/21/2016

The New Mexico Public Education Department announced last week that it is seizing control of Española Public Schools’ finances and may remove Superintendent Eric Martinez from his job within a month if he doesn’t find a way to turn around the troubled district.

11/21/2016

With the support of a grant from The NEA Foundation, Girls Thinking Global (GTG) has launched its GTG Collaborative Visualization Tool, an interactive global data mapping of hundreds of organizations that support the education, health, well-being and success of young women and girls globally.

11/21/2016

Civil-rights activists and policy wonks have long debated which is a more effective method of advancing social goals: changing hearts or changing laws? Does one lead to more authentic, enduring change? In Boston, it took a court order to seat black students next to their white peers—but it took two women to show that true interracial solidarity was possible.

11/21/2016

The Clark County and Achievement school districts in southern Nevada are embroiled in battle of whether six underperforming schools should be turned over to charter operators.

11/21/2016

Impero Software and the Educator’s School Safety Network have partnered to help schools detect and address potential incidents of school violence. Impero’s library of keywords relating to weapons, bombs and violence, coupled with Impero Education Pro Internet monitoring software, allows educators to receive alerts if keywords are used while on the school network.

11/21/2016

The annual School Quality Reports examine the city’s more than 100 charter schools to determine if they are meeting citywide standards. The assessments consider a range of factors, including performance on standardized tests, PSATs and attendance rates.

11/21/2016

With the budget that passed City Hall this week, crossing guards lost their battle to move back to the Chicago Police Department from the Office of Emergency Management Communications. That means the crossing guards will no longer wear police uniforms.

11/21/2016

Westchester County school districts pay educators an average of $92,550 a year, more than any other county in New York, and the county is home to one of the highest-paid administrators in the state in 2015-16, records show.

11/21/2016

Researchers and the U.S. Department of Education are beginning to understand the extent to which students at every grade level and in every type of school are absent an inordinate number of days, and the detrimental effects that can have on their education and path in life.

11/18/2016

11/18/2016

School budgets are up but class sizes are down, presenting a pressing problem to school boards here in Connecticut and nationwide: With school enrollment declining, what can be done to repurpose school buildings, cut spending and maximize the use of facilities?

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