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11/14/2016

11/14/2016

Citing a lack of progress in recent contract talks, teachers union President Mike Cherinka sent a notice that Dallas school district teachers will strike Monday, nine days earlier than previously scheduled. The union had first scheduled a strike for September 28, but moved it to October 25, then to November 23.

11/14/2016

Public and nonpublic schools need to test for and remediate lead in drinking water and disclose test results in a transparent manner. We need to understand the entire problem first, starting with comprehensive water testing in our schools. State elected leaders need to "get the lead out" before it's too late.

11/14/2016

Building Assets, Reducing Risks (BARR) will be implemented in at least 116 U.S. schools over the next five years as part of a new Investing in Innovation grant from the U.S. Department of Education. Spurwink Services, Inc. has been selected as a highest-rated applicant for the i3 competition for FY 2016, which will grant $20 million in funding for the scale-up of the BARR model in schools across the country.

11/14/2016

Baltimore City schools suspended nearly 8,500 students last year—a 25 percent increase from the previous year—despite several years of effort to reduce the rate of disciplinary removals.

11/14/2016

Which schools allow armed teachers—or which teachers volunteer to be armed—across Ohio is not known. Details of the policies are legally allowed to be secret. But expert estimates put the number of districts arming staff members at more than 175, or more than one in four districts in the state.

11/14/2016

To help Texas teachers and administrators implement the state’s new appraisal tool, the Texas Teacher Evaluation and Support System (T-TESS), Mentoring Minds introduced the T-TESS Flip Chart. Teachers can utilize the resource to set improvement goals and take professional development sessions.

11/14/2016

Three months into the school year, enrollment at Shelby County Schools is higher than projected but still on the decline. The number of students attending Tennessee’s largest school system reached 105,299 last week, down from 109,000 last school year, but still up from the district’s projected enrollment of about 104,000.

11/14/2016

We must introduce loan-forgiveness programs, tuition reduction and paid internships that would help make the teaching profession more attractive and financially feasible to those who want to teach.

11/14/2016

Three years after entering into a consent agreement with the Michigan Department of Education and the Michigan Treasurer, Pontiac School District is making significant progress in its deficit elimination plan. Since 2013, the district has cut its original budget deficit from 51.7 million to $25 million.

11/14/2016

Just as Soviet technological advances triggered investment in science education in the 1950s, the 2016 election should spur renewed emphasis on the need for schools to instill in children an appreciation for civic values and not just a skill set for private employment.

11/14/2016

More than 60 years after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that schools must be desegregated, the number of public schools that are isolated because of poverty and race in Virginia is growing. The number rose from 82 in 2002-03 to 136 in 2013-14. The number of students affected more than doubled to 74,515 in that time.

11/11/2016

11/11/2016

Baltimore City Public Schools CEO Sonja Santelises recommended five school closures during the annual 2016-17 school portfolio review. The closure recommendations must be accepted by the Board of School Commissioners and then go though a period of public feedback before the closures go into effect.

11/11/2016

iCivics has released an updated and expanded version of Executive Command. The game, designed for grades 4-12, shows students the many roles and responsibilities of the presidency, including making decisions about both foreign and domestic policy.

11/11/2016

The Florida Department of Education wants to know more about why a high number of students chose to stay at four under performing schools in Duval County, even though they could have moved.​ As part of approved turnaround plans for those schools, the state required Duval to enroll every student at a better performing school.

11/11/2016

IntegratePLUS provides school districts with the ability to integrate their vast network of software applications, ranging from transportation, facilities management, library services, learning management systems, payment processing, cafeteria programs and document management.

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