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5/4/2017

5/4/2017

Dozens of Hartford-area students won seats in the region's prized magnet schools over the past two years without going through the normal lottery process, a breach in protocols that will lead to thousands in lost funding, the state Department of Education said.

5/4/2017

Certainly the potential for less nutritious school lunches has grown with Secretary Perdue’s changes, and that is discouraging. But parents in local school districts across the country have a big say in the quality of their children’s lunches. If they demand nutritious lunches for their children and are willing to pay for them, they’ll get them.

5/4/2017

One of the issues Arizona lawmakers may have to consider in the budget, if not this year then over the next couple, is funding for school construction and maintenance. A coalition of education groups is filing a lawsuit against the state, arguing the Legislature and governor have essentially created an illegal system for paying for school construction.

5/4/2017

Microsoft is designing high-tech experiments that require mostly low-cost parts after talking to thousands of teachers. It will give the designs to schools for free so teachers can use them in their lesson plans. To reach out to the education market, Microsoft is offering a new Windows operating system for classrooms, Office application adaptations and a new Surface laptop for students.

5/4/2017

Summer school is getting an update at several elementary and middle schools this year through virtual programs designed to allow students to complete lessons from home, the beach or anywhere else. But some education experts worry that online learning programs are not the best approach for younger students.

5/3/2017

5/3/2017

Attorneys for the Dietrich School District have asked a judge to dismiss the $10 million civil lawsuit alleging school officials ignored months of racial discrimination, mental harassment and physical assault that culminated in the locker room hanger attack of a mentally disabled, black football player in 2015.

5/3/2017

Rigorous research does influence policy, but it's typically after a long and gradual accumulation of evidence. When it comes to school choice, that's not how it usually goes. In schooling, strong claims are frequently based on a handful of recent studies conducted by a small coterie of researchers.

5/3/2017

Kahoot! is integrating its game-based learning platform with Microsoft Teams, the new chat-based workspace for Microsoft Office 365. Kahoot! is also launching two game-focused apps for Windows 10: Kahoot! Create and Kahoot! Play.

5/3/2017

Testing at more than 1,000 Massachusetts schools found that more than half had drinking water containing lead and/or copper at rates above the “action level.” The test results are from more than 150 communities.

5/3/2017

Finding a way around the structural funding problem is the chief challenge to creating a true test of private school choice. Congress could also create such a test by funding Washington, D.C.'s voucher program comparably to per-pupil spending in the city's public schools. Until a true test is available, don't be surprised by lackluster results from school choice on a shoestring.

5/3/2017

The Democratic lawmakers who control New Jersey's state Senate won't pass a budget this year unless it includes their plans for increasing funding for public schools, they announced. Gov. Chris Christie's proposed 2018 budget calls for spending a record $13.8 billion, about 39 percent of the state budget, on education.

5/3/2017

The Michigan House of Representatives passed a budget with across the board increases of $100 per pupil, $2.75 million for private schools and full funding for cyber schools. In total, the omnibus education budget clocked in at $16.3 billion with $14.3 billion for K12 school aid.

5/3/2017

Education Growth Partners, a private equity firm, has acquired Apex Learning. Founded in 1997, Apex Learning offers standard-based curriculum, including Comprehensive Courses for original credit and credit recovery, and Adaptive Tutorials for intervention, remediation and high-stakes exam preparation.

5/3/2017

Educators and school mental health professionals across the country are warning parents about the Netflix series 13 Reasons Why, saying the show’s graphic depiction of a teenager’s suicide could contribute to a “contagion effect” among students with mental illness. The show has prompted a major response from educators and administrators.

5/3/2017

Disability rights attorneys sued the Berkeley school district, accusing the superintendent and school board of failing to offer legally required support to students with reading disorders. The federal lawsuit seeks class-action status for current and future students.

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