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5/3/2017

5/3/2017

Attorneys for the Dietrich School District have asked a judge to dismiss the $10 million civil lawsuit alleging school officials ignored months of racial discrimination, mental harassment and physical assault that culminated in the locker room hanger attack of a mentally disabled, black football player in 2015.

5/3/2017

Rigorous research does influence policy, but it's typically after a long and gradual accumulation of evidence. When it comes to school choice, that's not how it usually goes. In schooling, strong claims are frequently based on a handful of recent studies conducted by a small coterie of researchers.

5/3/2017

Kahoot! is integrating its game-based learning platform with Microsoft Teams, the new chat-based workspace for Microsoft Office 365. Kahoot! is also launching two game-focused apps for Windows 10: Kahoot! Create and Kahoot! Play.

5/3/2017

Testing at more than 1,000 Massachusetts schools found that more than half had drinking water containing lead and/or copper at rates above the “action level.” The test results are from more than 150 communities.

5/2/2017

5/2/2017

A new California bill seeks to toughen tenure for public school teachers, ever so slightly. Instead of attaining tenure after two years, teachers could not gain tenure until their third year. It may seem incremental, but it also makes sense. Tenure is a privilege, not a right. And teachers who attain it ought to have to prove their competence for at least three years, if not more.

5/2/2017

The study, based on following 246,306 Maryland children in grades 4 through 12 for a decade, found that those who reported being victims decreased from 29 percent to 13 percent. In 2005, 22 percent of kids being bullied were physically hit and 6 percent were being cyberbullied. By 2014, those numbers dropped to 5 percent and 4 percent, respectively.

5/2/2017

Ryan Saxe has been named the next superintendent of Cabell County Schools, replacing current Superintendent Bill Smith. Saxe is currently the executive director of curriculum and professional learning for the School District of Manatee County in Bradenton, Florida.

5/2/2017

Every state should follow New Mexico’s example and ban this heartless "lunch shaming" practice. No child in rich America, the world’s largest exporter of food, should go hungry. Adults in schools who set this policy or carry out the punishments are the ones who should be ashamed.

5/2/2017

Blair Community Schools is partnering with Schneider Electric on an energy savings performance contract to update building systems across five schools in the district. The $4.6 million infrastructure improvement project will encompass a variety of energy efficiency upgrades to mechanical heating and cooling systems.

5/2/2017

The latest craze in classrooms and on playgrounds, fidget spinners, are supposed to enhance concentration, reduce anxiety and stimulate learning. But some educators aren't buying the spin. They say the toys have become a major distraction to teachers and students, and, in some cases, they're being banned from classrooms.

5/2/2017

The Idaho Supreme Court says the state can't be named as a defendant in a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the fees many public schools charge for classes, supplies and activities.

5/2/2017

Blue Bird Corporation has announced a new product offering for their new buses ordered on or after May 1, 2017 with Allison transmissions. FuelSense 2.0, featuring DynActive Shifting, is software that uses a learning algorithm to continuously find the ideal balance of fuel economy and performance.

5/2/2017

The Trump administration loosened Obama-era school lunch requirements, saying schools don't need to try so hard to serve whole grains, fat-free milk and food low in salt. The USDA also is giving schools a break on meeting low-sodium requirements through 2020.

5/2/2017

A judge has ordered the forfeiture of state-paid pension funds held by eight former Detroit school principals who pleaded guilty last year to involvement in a $2.7 million kickback scheme that traced back to a school supplies vendor.

5/2/2017

The Gainesville City Schools's school board hired Jeremy Williams as superintendent, replacing current Superintendent Wanda Creel. Williams has served in the district office of Union County Schools as assistant superintendent and later as associate superintendent for the past five years.

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