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9/8/2016

9/8/2016

LightSail Education has partnered with Antares Reading to provide access to 850 original titles of digital non-fiction books, in English and Spanish, for K6 students.

9/8/2016

Michigan's Senate majority leader may seek an opinion from the state attorney general to clarify that Detroit Public Schools could be closed under a plan passed by the state legislature.

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.

9/8/2016

Just as it is vital for students to show up to class on a consistent basis, it would seem nearly as important that their teachers are there regularly, too. Continuity, better familiarity with the flow of lesson plans and the learning techniques of their students would generally make a better learning experience with the regular teacher leading instruction rather than a substitute.

9/8/2016

Students' mental health and other problems are, not surprisingly, often beyond the skills gained from short course. Even if they are trained, police officers are not mental health professionals whose years of training and practice teach them how to calm youth down, assess mental health needs and address the underlying causes of student misbehavior.

9/8/2016

A judge has given the state six months to fix what has been dubbed an irrational school funding formula. And while it is at it, the judge said, lawmakers and policymakers must also better define just what an adequate education means since how Connecticut spends its money is failing thousands of school children.

9/8/2016

Shelby County Schools is implementing PCG Education and Wiley’s Paths to College and Career 9-12 English Language Arts Curriculum (EngageNY) in order to change teacher practice and improve student achievement.

9/8/2016

Parents, students, principals and even school board members are begging Portland Public Schools for a robust debate on plans to delay a $750 million school construction bond. The board would hold off to give the district more time to bounce back from its recent lead scandal and shore up specifics on how the bond money would be spent.

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.

9/8/2016

A $9 billion bond measure on California's November ballot represents only a down payment on what K12 and community college districts need to build new facilities and fix old ones, supporters say. There’s a $2 billion backlog in requests for state money and an expected $20 billion in need over the next decade.

9/8/2016

Washington’s highest court must decide whether state lawmakers are on track to complete the marathon task of fully funding the state’s public schools, or whether state lawmakers are simply going around in circles on the issue. The state is now in contempt of court and being fined $100,000 a day over the Legislature’s failure to deliver a plan.

9/8/2016

Over 50 public and private K12 schools across Connecticut hired Millard Enterprises to install 3M Security Window Films as an extra safety precaution for the 2016-17 school year. With security window films, glass is less likely to shatter, allowing extra time for those inside the building to react.

9/8/2016

A federal appeals court held that the School District of Philadelphia and a kindergarten teacher who let a student leave with a stranger—who later sexually assaulted the child—can be held liable for creating a danger to the student.

9/7/2016

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.

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