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2/2/2017

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.

2/1/2017

2/1/2017

A law firm has deemed that the "by request" bill filed by a senator is discriminatory toward Native Americans and is threatening a federal lawsuit unless the legislative effort is abandoned. The proposed legislation would prohibit Native American symbols from being used as logos, mascots or nicknames in public school across Massachusetts.

2/1/2017

DreamBox Learning unveiled a Response to Intervention (RTI) solution that leverages formative data to drive personalized interventions that support district RTI efforts and initiatives, and have the potential to shorten intervention time for students.

2/1/2017

Superintendents blasted the state School Reform Office, arguing the office—which recently announced 38 Michigan schools are at risk of closure—has burdened administrators with time-intensive data requests, offered inconsistent communication and done little to help schools improve.

2/1/2017

The Property Tax Independence Act is a proposed bill to end all property taxes for schools in Pennsylvania. However, it will end not only residential property taxes but also property taxes on commercial, industrial and oil and gas properties. The state will then need to raise $12 billion from new income taxes and sales taxes paid primarily by individuals.

2/1/2017

Nearly half of teachers say they are unlikely to remain in education for the next 10 years, according to a Professional Association of Georgia Educators survey. A majority of 53 percent also said they would not recommend a career in education. The survey also found that 59 percent oppose converting the Teacher Retirement System.

2/1/2017

Government officials from both California and Quebec, Canada, unveiled an electric school bus. The GO-Biz partnership created the first Type C electric school bus manufactured in North America. Each bus costs $300,000, nearly double the cost of a diesel bus. California school districts are eligible for a $100,000 subsidy.

2/1/2017

The more than 50-year legal struggle concerning desegregation efforts in the Cleveland School District has ended. Two weeks after being granted an appeal to a federal judge’s order mandating a consolidation of its historically black and white schools, the school board reached a settlement in the desegregation lawsuit and is dropping its petition.

2/1/2017

RobotLAB launched a new digital platform that provides robot-based lessons for a range of subjects and age levels. Engage! K-12 includes classroom-management features, student assessment, interactive tools and themed lesson plans for different grades, enabling schools to easily integrate it into their curricula.

2/1/2017

It comes in with a different name every legislative session, such as vouchers. school choice. scholarships and education savings accounts. While it seems to be a fight about education, it's really a fight about money—about whether taxpayers should foot some or all of the tuition bill for private elementary and secondary education.

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