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2/3/2017

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.

2/2/2017

2/2/2017

The Tennessee governor introduced legislation that seeks to address age requirements for school bus drivers and mandate new procedures for school systems, bus drivers and companies to follow. But Gov. Bill Haslam's approach omits a requirement a state representative wants that new school buses have safety belt restraint systems.

2/2/2017

The DTE Energy Foundation and Cranbrook Institute of Science have partnered to provide nearly 7,500 middle school students with hands-on, immersive STEM and environmental science outreach programs in Detroit, Ecorse, Trenton and River Rouge schools.

2/2/2017

Efforts were made to strengthen LAUSD's requirements for promotion and graduation, but that reduced the graduation rates, so now schools are back to softening the requirements. Online courses of questionable value threaten to become a major way that schools skip the business of teaching students, while pointing with pride to graduation rates that look good only on paper.

2/2/2017

Despite a record investment in K12 education in the 2016-17 state budget and $352 million increase in funding over the past two years, a survey of Pennsylvania school districts presents a grim picture of the financial shape in which many of them find themselves.

2/2/2017

The New York Association for Pupil Transportation released a report that found motorists illegally passed school buses more than 40,000 times. In the 35 districts that participated in the survey, 878 school bus drivers reported they were passed a total of 727 times, including 88 passes on the passenger side of the school bus.

2/2/2017

Live Music Tutor, an online music educational ecosystem and interactive platform for streaming music lessons between instructors and students, and The Lalabela Alliance, an international music conglomerate with artists, will be bringing live master classes, individual lessons and special events featuring various artists to people globally.

2/2/2017

True to his word that he would again take up the issue upon the bill's tabling on the Tennessee House floor last year, a Tennessee representative filed his school voucher bill. It is very similar to the controversial education bill he was forced to table last session after not having enough votes for the measure.

2/2/2017

The San Francisco USD could begin to look for a nonprofit developer as early as this summer to build 100 to 150 units of affordable housing for educators who are struggling to afford the exorbitant cost of living in the city. But questions still remain as to who will be eligible to live in the below-market-rate homes and also as to whether the district can even control who lives in them.

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