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9/8/2016

9/8/2016

Courts in Oregon and Washington state have upheld school funding mandates, but so far, both states’ legislatures have found ways to sidestep them. Ultimately, neither judges nor legislators can conjure the money to meet unfunded mandates—Oregonians and Washingtonians alike will have to decide how to pay for what they say they want.

9/7/2016

9/7/2016

“Old-school” parenting and teaching are often distinguished by a failure to understand what children are capable of doing or understanding, or to provide the support and respect they need. But does that mean kids are being underestimated or overestimated?

9/7/2016

One of the two proposal the State School Board is considering would make it impossible for the Utah High School Activities Association to enforce any kind of transfer restriction on student athletes. Another change would allow schools that are unhappy with where the association places them to compete to appeal that decision.

9/7/2016

For the second September in a row, there's no accord on a teachers' contract, and the Chicago Teachers Union is pushing the possibility of a strike as early as next month. School budgets are typically tight, and officials again are counting on money from Springfield to prevent another round of cuts.

9/7/2016

To enforce foreign-language education in schools, state politicians must either support the cause, or state colleges must add language classes to their application requirements. Having a biliterate population doesn’t just help with foreign diplomacy. It also has positive social and economic impacts.

9/7/2016

Clear communication about steps a district is taking in response to a reported threat does not cause alarm. What does cause alarm is the worry that the adults who run our schools and oversee thousands of employees might ignore or downplay those threats to students' health and safety instead of dealing with them.

9/7/2016

A new analysis of federal data shows that the problem of chronic absenteeism is both widespread and concentrated. Of the more than 6 million students who are chronically absent, half attend just 4 percent of the nation’s school districts and 12 percent of the nation’s schools. Nearly nine in 10 districts report chronically absent students.

9/7/2016

Softchoice and Lenovo are partnering to help schools with technology with The POWER UP program's technology grants of up to $10,000, awarded to seven underserved elementary or middle schools in 2016.

9/7/2016

Frontline Education has acquired Excent Corporation, a company that provides administrators and educators with solutions to simplify administration, compliance and management of programs for students with specialized needs.

9/7/2016

Some schools have streamlined the process so parents purchase a supply package that is shipped directly to the school. Those packages can cost around $130 for pens, folders, wipes, glue sticks, Sharpies, paper goods and other items.

9/7/2016

New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman opened an antitrust investigation into Mylan NV, saying the embattled drugmaker may have ripped off local school systems that purchased life-saving EpiPen shots for students.

9/7/2016

Sesame Workshop and Teachstone are co-producing a series of courses that focus on social and emotional development, mathematics, and language and literacy for teachers on myTeachstone, the online CLASS implementation service that pairs classroom observation data with personalized professional development.

9/7/2016

The number of Maryland drivers who illegally passed school buses that were stopped to let children on and off jumped by more than 50 percent in the past year. The state survey, based on violations counted on a single day, found 4,326 vehicles passed stopped school buses, compared with 2,795 in 2015.

9/6/2016

9/6/2016

New research has revealed many four-year-olds are not physically ready to start school. Researchers used a range of tests to assess children's physical development at the start of the school year and found just under 30 percent were 'of concern' with almost 90 percent demonstrating some degree of movement difficulty.

9/6/2016

For the kids who wake up in a shelter or a car every morning, whose parents can’t buy a week’s supply of uniforms and don’t have a laundry machine for a speed wash or even a sink for a quick scrub, uniforms are just another thing to get in trouble for. A barrier. Another rule. Another way kids facing improbable odds are being punished for something they have little control over.

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