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2/1/2017

2/1/2017

Any school district that has lost at least 5 percent of its enrollment over the past five years would see a funding cut next year under Gov. John Kasich's proposed two-year budget, which increases overall school funding by about 1 percent per year.

2/1/2017

A new partnership between ClassLink, a single sign-on and rostering solution, and SAFARI Montage, an integrated learning object repository platform, leverages the interoperability of both entities to provide users with a seamless digital learning environment.

2/1/2017

A Tennessee representative filed a bill that would allow school districts to administer ACT assessments instead of state tests. Since last year's TNReady test posed a number of problems for school districts, the state department of education has changed testing vendors, reduced testing time and will phase-in online tests.

1/31/2017

1/31/2017

Arizona school kids could be getting a break—or at least a longer one. The House Committee on Education voted to give elementary students at least 50 minutes of recess per day. Currently, there are no laws requiring recess. That time is set by the districts and schools.

1/31/2017

The Madison City Schools' board of education stayed in house and appointed Assistant Superintendent Robby Parker as the system's next superintendent. He replaces Dee Fowler, who has accepted a position on the staff of the state superintendent.

1/31/2017

Idaho’s top education official proposed spending a little more than $2 billion on public education in the next fiscal year, a 6.6 percent increase from the current year and slightly higher than the public school budget proposed earlier this month by Gov. Butch Otter.

1/31/2017

One of the most anticipated debates of the 85th Legislative Session began taking shape with the layout of a two-part Texas Senate bill that would allow for Texas taxpayer dollars to be used to help parents send their kids to private or religious schools through education savings accounts and tax credit scholarships.

1/31/2017

Educational Testing Service (ETS) has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Questar Assessment Inc., which supplies states with summative assessments for grades 3-8, end of course tests and alternative assessments for students with disabilities. Questar will become a separate, for-profit subsidiary of ETS.

1/31/2017

The state's top education leaders still have not tapped someone to lead the turnaround of its lowest-performing schools, more than six months after the position was created. Lawmakers are urging the State Board of Education and state superintendent to start working together, despite their ongoing court battle over who has the ultimate authority over the state's education bureaucracy.

1/31/2017

Don Potter was named superintendent of the Circle public school district, replacing Jim Johnson, who is retiring after four years as Circle’s superintendent. Potter is currently the superintendent for USD 461 in Neodesha.

1/31/2017

Mayor Bill de Blasio spoke against Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s recent charter school proposals, arguing the changes would require the city to shoulder too much additional cost. The budget proposal would force the city to pay nearly $200 million extra for charter schools, depriving district schools of funding. It would also raise the charter school cap in New York City.

1/31/2017

VIF International Education has changed its name to Participate following its May 2016 acquisition of Participate Learning, an online platform for finding and educational resources and collaboration. The acquisition positioned the organization to deliver technology to enhance and expand professional learning and collaboration for K12 educators.

1/31/2017

The Alabama district's school board voted for Matthew Akin as their new superintendent. He was with Piedmont City Schools for 15 years, serving as coordinator for administrative services, a principal and, most recently, as superintendent.

1/31/2017

The question is how to balance the quest for school choice with preparation of the young for the shared values and knowledge necessary for an effective democracy. Universal school choice will undermine a shared experience and further exacerbate social division. The challenge for education is to find forms of choice that insure exposure of all students to the experiences they need for democratic participation.

1/31/2017

A study that tracked hundreds of children from kindergarten through high school found that chronic or increasing levels of bullying were related to lower academic achievement, a dislike of school and low confidence by students in their own academic abilities, according to new research published by the American Psychological Association.

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