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2/3/2017

2/3/2017

There's good news when it comes to American teens' diets, with more high school kids saying no to sodas and other sweetened beverages, a new report says.The results showed that while just over a third of children in grades 9 through 12 drank a sweetened beverage each day in 2007, that number had fallen to 20.5 percent by 2015.

2/3/2017

There’s a whole lot not to like about the vague Senate Bill 55. It would supposedly protect public school teachers who want to help their students understand “the strengths and weaknesses of scientific information” presented in their science courses. But in previous versions of related bills, the sponsors have indicated their targets: climate change and evolution.

2/2/2017

2/2/2017

Efforts were made to strengthen LAUSD's requirements for promotion and graduation, but that reduced the graduation rates, so now schools are back to softening the requirements. Online courses of questionable value threaten to become a major way that schools skip the business of teaching students, while pointing with pride to graduation rates that look good only on paper.

2/2/2017

Despite a record investment in K12 education in the 2016-17 state budget and $352 million increase in funding over the past two years, a survey of Pennsylvania school districts presents a grim picture of the financial shape in which many of them find themselves.

2/2/2017

The New York Association for Pupil Transportation released a report that found motorists illegally passed school buses more than 40,000 times. In the 35 districts that participated in the survey, 878 school bus drivers reported they were passed a total of 727 times, including 88 passes on the passenger side of the school bus.

2/2/2017

Live Music Tutor, an online music educational ecosystem and interactive platform for streaming music lessons between instructors and students, and The Lalabela Alliance, an international music conglomerate with artists, will be bringing live master classes, individual lessons and special events featuring various artists to people globally.

2/2/2017

True to his word that he would again take up the issue upon the bill's tabling on the Tennessee House floor last year, a Tennessee representative filed his school voucher bill. It is very similar to the controversial education bill he was forced to table last session after not having enough votes for the measure.

2/2/2017

The San Francisco USD could begin to look for a nonprofit developer as early as this summer to build 100 to 150 units of affordable housing for educators who are struggling to afford the exorbitant cost of living in the city. But questions still remain as to who will be eligible to live in the below-market-rate homes and also as to whether the district can even control who lives in them.

2/2/2017

The decision to delay implementing the ESSA accountability could significantly derail implementation of the law. In particular, the regulations give states more time to identify schools for support and improvement, and provide guidance on how to measure school performance using multiple measures of learning.

2/2/2017

Enhancements to the Performance Matters platform for K12 school districts gives educators new ways to use data to drive student growth and collaboration tools to improve their professional learning.

2/2/2017

The overall school budget, by Boston Public School officials' estimates, represents a 2.8 percent increase over the previous year, with investments targeted at aiding homeless students, expanding more rigorous coursework to fifth-graders and providing for extended learning time.

2/2/2017

Both a House and Senate committee approved a plan that would increase school spending 1.1 percent over last year. But the proposed increase is only half what Gov. Terry Branstad requested. And smaller school districts say the small increase may cause them big budget problems.

2/2/2017

The capacity enhancements in this approved five-year program for the Virginia school district include construction of four new schools, additions to existing schools and other renovations, with a total price tag of $824 million.

2/2/2017

Recess might seem simple—just open the doors and let the kids run free. But only eight states have policies that require it, according to last year's Shape of the Nation report. And when researchers started looking, they found very little consistency or guidance about what makes recess effective.

2/2/2017

The Tennessee governor introduced legislation that seeks to address age requirements for school bus drivers and mandate new procedures for school systems, bus drivers and companies to follow. But Gov. Bill Haslam's approach omits a requirement a state representative wants that new school buses have safety belt restraint systems.

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