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11/14/2016

11/14/2016

Public and nonpublic schools need to test for and remediate lead in drinking water and disclose test results in a transparent manner. We need to understand the entire problem first, starting with comprehensive water testing in our schools. State elected leaders need to "get the lead out" before it's too late.

11/14/2016

Building Assets, Reducing Risks (BARR) will be implemented in at least 116 U.S. schools over the next five years as part of a new Investing in Innovation grant from the U.S. Department of Education. Spurwink Services, Inc. has been selected as a highest-rated applicant for the i3 competition for FY 2016, which will grant $20 million in funding for the scale-up of the BARR model in schools across the country.

11/14/2016

Baltimore City schools suspended nearly 8,500 students last year—a 25 percent increase from the previous year—despite several years of effort to reduce the rate of disciplinary removals.

11/14/2016

Which schools allow armed teachers—or which teachers volunteer to be armed—across Ohio is not known. Details of the policies are legally allowed to be secret. But expert estimates put the number of districts arming staff members at more than 175, or more than one in four districts in the state.

11/14/2016

To help Texas teachers and administrators implement the state’s new appraisal tool, the Texas Teacher Evaluation and Support System (T-TESS), Mentoring Minds introduced the T-TESS Flip Chart. Teachers can utilize the resource to set improvement goals and take professional development sessions.

11/14/2016

Three months into the school year, enrollment at Shelby County Schools is higher than projected but still on the decline. The number of students attending Tennessee’s largest school system reached 105,299 last week, down from 109,000 last school year, but still up from the district’s projected enrollment of about 104,000.

11/14/2016

We must introduce loan-forgiveness programs, tuition reduction and paid internships that would help make the teaching profession more attractive and financially feasible to those who want to teach.

11/11/2016

11/11/2016

We need to empower our teachers to help “instruct” America back to civility. They have the soapbox and opportunity—with the daily, captive attention of millions of American children—to teach civility and respect. In the process, perhaps our children can teach the rest of America how to play nice in the sandbox.

11/11/2016

Voters approved the vast majority of school referenda in Tuesday’s elections. Of the 67 referendums held by school districts in Wisconsin, only 12 failed. Overall, Wisconsin voters approved $803.83 million in new borrowing for capital improvements at an average of more than $23,642,000.

11/11/2016

Financial analysts at one Wall Street rating agency dropped Chicago Public Schools' credit rating again, less than a week before the district is expected to sell hundreds of millions of dollars in long-term bonds. Concerns mentioned include the district's reliance on short-term borrowing to cover daily expenses, plus $55 million in costs added to this year's budget.

11/11/2016

The Florida school district voted in favor of hiring former district employee Tim Forson as superintendent. Forson was an employee with St. Johns County School District for 36 years and retired in the spring from his position as deputy superintendent of operations.

11/11/2016

OnCourse Learning is launching an initiative to make educational accomplishments clearly understandable and quickly verifiable via digital badges. Once earned, digital badges can be shared on social networking sites, email signatures, digital resumes and internal corporate profiles or websites.

11/11/2016

Baltimore City Public Schools CEO Sonja Santelises recommended five school closures during the annual 2016-17 school portfolio review. The closure recommendations must be accepted by the Board of School Commissioners and then go though a period of public feedback before the closures go into effect.

11/11/2016

iCivics has released an updated and expanded version of Executive Command. The game, designed for grades 4-12, shows students the many roles and responsibilities of the presidency, including making decisions about both foreign and domestic policy.

11/11/2016

The Florida Department of Education wants to know more about why a high number of students chose to stay at four under performing schools in Duval County, even though they could have moved.​ As part of approved turnaround plans for those schools, the state required Duval to enroll every student at a better performing school.

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