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9/15/2016

9/15/2016

Home builders, school construction companies and others, bypassing California's Capitol, spent millions to gather signatures to qualify a $9 billion school bond for the ballot. Eleventh-hour Capitol negotiations to craft a smaller substitute bond in June went nowhere, securing Proposition 51’s fall placement.

9/15/2016

A new philanthropic effort led by Laurene Powell Jobs, the widow of Apple co-founder Steve Jobs, is placing $10 million bets on 10 high schools over the next five years that she and others hope will spark experimentation nationwide.

9/15/2016

The way we deliver urban public education reinforces inequalities and works against school improvement, whether it is seniority-based teacher assignment, “last in, first out” layoff policies or local politics. Most public schools lack any real control to innovate around their staffing, budgets and educational programs. Urban public schools must be more nimble, responsive, equitable and innovative.

9/15/2016

In Texas, unelected state officials have quietly devised a system that has kept thousands of disabled kids out of special education. Their efforts have saved the Texas Education Agency billions of dollars but denied vital supports to children with autism, ADHD, dyslexia, epilepsy, speech impediments, traumatic brain injuries, blindness and deafness, an investigation found.

9/15/2016

The Williamson County Commission passed two resolutions that approve more than $50 million for land and construction on two new schools, including a K8 school and an elementary-middle school.

9/14/2016

9/14/2016

A new study shows that campuses with larger populations of students of color are more likely to use harsh surveillance techniques, such as metal detectors, locked gates, security cameras, random sweeps and school police.

9/14/2016

School sex education is often negative, heterosexist and out of touch, and taught by poorly trained, embarrassed teachers, finds a synthesis of the views and experiences of young people in different countries,

9/14/2016

TUDIA Cous turns on and off lights and appliances, wirelessly communicating to its outlet plugs from as far as 100 feet—even through closed doors, floors, and walls. It is made for use with all hard-to-reach lights and appliances and essential gear for the mobility impaired.

9/14/2016

A proposed textbook called Mexican American Heritage was denounced as an error-plagued misrepresentation of Hispanic culture just as the State Board of Education began the process of deciding whether to have it taught in Texas public schools.

9/14/2016

Most parents are not trained emergency responders. We might, in fact, panic in a crisis or at the very hint of crisis. And that’s exactly why parents need to practice, too. Schools must include parents in school safety or risk complicating an actual emergency with confusion and chaos.

9/14/2016

pivotEd, from Capstone, launched more than 500 pre-built science, social studies and language arts lessons for students in grades 3–6.

9/14/2016

Due to legislative failure, the system for funding schools in Pennsylvania has become so “irrational” and “arbitrary” that the judiciary must intervene, attorneys argued before the state Supreme Court.

9/14/2016

A Milwaukee think tank is suggesting a Louisiana-style takeover of Wisconsin's failed Opportunity Schools Participation Program, arguing that the city should emulate the Louisiana Recovery School District. Over 100 schools were placed in the district and New Orleans became the first major city school system to become all-charter.

9/14/2016

At least one in five children lives with a mental illness; they often suffer anxiety, difficulty focusing and social challenges. Half of them drop out of high school, in part because many schools don’t manage to meet their needs.

9/14/2016

Open Up Resources' first comprehensive curricula will be available for adoption by districts in the 2017-18 school year. The nonprofit also selected five school districts as charter partners for the initial product, an openly-licensed middle school mathematics curriculum.

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