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9/8/2016

9/8/2016

A frequent critic of Utah bonding efforts is standing down as voters consider a $245 million proposal by Jordan School District. The Utah Taxpayers Association opposed the Jordan School District's last attempt at a bond, a $495 million campaign in 2013. Voters balked at the half-billion-dollar price tag, rejecting the bond by a 35-point margin.

9/7/2016

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.

9/7/2016

“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.

9/6/2016

9/6/2016

Interim Superintendent Alfredo Garcia, in his 39th year with the Rio Grande City school district, was selected by the school board to lead the district. He was named interim in May after previous Superintendent Joel Trigo resigned from the post.

9/6/2016

The platform, which supports digital classrooms by enabling lessons to be assigned, completed and graded online, now offers a more intuitive interface with new features to support students and teachers.

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