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8/4/2016

8/4/2016

The Boston City Council voted to oppose a November ballot measure that would create or expand charter schools in Massachusetts, citing concerns that it would drain funding from public schools.

8/4/2016

Tens of thousands of Florida school children will return to their classrooms next week as districts take advantage of a state law that allows schools to start as early as August 10.

8/4/2016

The new ClassFlow Marketplace is an open community where teachers may buy and sell original teaching resources such as digital lessons, unit plans, assessments, teaching guides, worksheets and more.

8/4/2016

The Satanic Temple, an atheistic religious organization, is renting school space in nine states this month to offer an alternative to after-school religious programming. Volunteers will run clubs in cities to "counterbalance" the Child Evangelism Fellowship's Evangelical Good News programs that have been meeting in public schools since winning a lawsuit heard by the Supreme Court.

8/4/2016

KIPP DC and KIPP Bay Area will use Whetstone Education’s observation and coaching platform to streamline their teacher coaching processes and provide their school leaders real-time data insights to help leaders provide personalized professional development to teachers.

8/4/2016

Some parents attended the Chicago Board of Education meeting this week to challenge school construction decisions that they say results in continued segregation. Their comments referenced the findings that that two-thirds of funding for construction has gone to schools with more than a quarter white students while only.

8/4/2016

We will need to leverage best practices from education systems around the world as well as industry where applicable. We must carefully re-examine the relevance of what we teach, curate the traditional disciplines, add relevant modern disciplines, and place emphasis on more holistic "whole student" learning

8/4/2016

Pennsylvania’s fiscal watchdog questioned millions of public dollars paid to charter school landlords and called for the state to more closely monitor such lease payments. Ties found between the schools and their property owners could contradict state guidelines that deem buildings owned by a charter school ineligible for lease reimbursement.

8/4/2016

Virtually all teachers wind up paying out of pocket for supplies with an average of nearly $500 last year, and one in 10 spent $1,000 or more, claims the Education Market Association. All told, a total of $1.6 billion in school supply costs is shifted from parents—or, increasingly, from cash-strapped districts—onto teachers themselves.

8/4/2016

The Pathbrite digital portfolio app has been integrated into MindTap, Cengage Learning's flagship learning platform. Automatically available to more than one million MindTap users this fall, the integration grants current students free lifetime access to a Pathbrite digital portfolio.

8/4/2016

Proposed new attendance zones for the Lafayette Parish School System may shift thousands of students to new schools in fall 2017. The effort is designed to better use existing classroom space and reduce student transportation time and cost while simplifying the boundaries by using major infrastructure features as boundaries where possible.

8/3/2016

8/3/2016

Voters in Jefferson County will be asked in November to approve a $535 million bond issue—the largest amount of money ever requested by the state’s second-largest public school district—to make widespread improvements to buildings and facilities in the 86,000-student district.

8/3/2016

The on-site course series for educators, available now to school districts, covers a range of topics in educational technology, including simplifying complex text, transforming reading programs, increasing information literacy and more.

8/3/2016

This controversial resolution on a moratorium of the expansion of Charter Schools in America reaffirms a 2014 resolution that “the NAACP opposes the privatization of public schools and/or public subsidizing or funding of for-profit or charter schools.”

8/3/2016

A Sacramento school is making a trip to the dentist easier for students. Harmon Johnson Elementary offers a virtual dental home, where a dental hygienist takes X-rays and an off-site dentist has access to review the students' records. Lawmakers are considering a bill to expand the program statewide. Oregon, Hawaii and Colorado are testing the program now.

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