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2/1/2017

2/1/2017

Superintendents blasted the state School Reform Office, arguing the office—which recently announced 38 Michigan schools are at risk of closure—has burdened administrators with time-intensive data requests, offered inconsistent communication and done little to help schools improve.

2/1/2017

The Property Tax Independence Act is a proposed bill to end all property taxes for schools in Pennsylvania. However, it will end not only residential property taxes but also property taxes on commercial, industrial and oil and gas properties. The state will then need to raise $12 billion from new income taxes and sales taxes paid primarily by individuals.

2/1/2017

Nearly half of teachers say they are unlikely to remain in education for the next 10 years, according to a Professional Association of Georgia Educators survey. A majority of 53 percent also said they would not recommend a career in education. The survey also found that 59 percent oppose converting the Teacher Retirement System.

2/1/2017

Government officials from both California and Quebec, Canada, unveiled an electric school bus. The GO-Biz partnership created the first Type C electric school bus manufactured in North America. Each bus costs $300,000, nearly double the cost of a diesel bus. California school districts are eligible for a $100,000 subsidy.

2/1/2017

The more than 50-year legal struggle concerning desegregation efforts in the Cleveland School District has ended. Two weeks after being granted an appeal to a federal judge’s order mandating a consolidation of its historically black and white schools, the school board reached a settlement in the desegregation lawsuit and is dropping its petition.

2/1/2017

RobotLAB launched a new digital platform that provides robot-based lessons for a range of subjects and age levels. Engage! K-12 includes classroom-management features, student assessment, interactive tools and themed lesson plans for different grades, enabling schools to easily integrate it into their curricula.

2/1/2017

It comes in with a different name every legislative session, such as vouchers. school choice. scholarships and education savings accounts. While it seems to be a fight about education, it's really a fight about money—about whether taxpayers should foot some or all of the tuition bill for private elementary and secondary education.

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.

2/1/2017

A law firm has deemed that the "by request" bill filed by a senator is discriminatory toward Native Americans and is threatening a federal lawsuit unless the legislative effort is abandoned. The proposed legislation would prohibit Native American symbols from being used as logos, mascots or nicknames in public school across Massachusetts.

1/31/2017

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.

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