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5/27/2015

5/27/2015

Following the lack of a decision two weeks ago to choose charter school committee members, the state Board of Education has now confirmed 10 members to the new Alabama Public Charter School Commission. The representative who submitted the bill to remove the state board from that confirmation process has moved to kill the bill.

5/27/2015

About 2,000 high school seniors will fail to graduate this year despite many having enough credits because they didn’t pass an end-of-course test for biology in 10th grade or meet the state academic standard through an alternative approach that evaluates classroom work samples. New legislation needs to find a compromise to reduce testing but retain standards for learning.

5/27/2015

New Jersey legislators should follow through in blocking the state's education commissioner from punishing students because of high opt-out rates. They should take statewide action to prevent PARCC scores from being used in any way for student placement or teacher evaluations for at least three years. The tests simply aren't ready to carry such high stakes.

5/27/2015

In its estimate to hire Aramark to manage school janitors, Chicago Public Schools underestimated by nearly 3.2 million square feet the amount of space Aramark would have to clean. It will cost the district an additional $7 million in the controversial contract.

5/27/2015

The California city's public school leaders may restrict enrollment at a prestigious arts school to city residents only. The proposal comes after years of concern on the Board of Education that San Francisco students lack access to Ruth Asawa San Francisco School of the Arts with about 14 percent of students currently enrolled living outside the city.

5/27/2015

Each year at budget time, the aspirations that Maine school districts have for the education they provide run up against the cold, hard reality of steadily rising costs, additional mandates and, increasingly, diminished state aid. The delay as school districts and towns struggle to limit tax increases while still offering an adequate education is slowly killing both school districts and taxpayers.

5/27/2015

The Maryland school system has enlisted PlanMember Services Corporation and its Columbia-based financial center, Paladin Advisor Group, to provide a comprehensive array of supplemental 403(b) products and services to help Washington County Public Schools' employees plan for retirement.

5/27/2015

Trauma, poverty, cultural and peer pressure, overuse of technology and more can be causes of mental health issues among kids. Schools can help by offering mental health screening, integrating exercise and mindfulness into the school day, limiting technology and encouraging fun.

5/27/2015

Orange County Public Schools, the 10th largest district in the United States and the fourth largest in Florida, recently adopted ClassLink districtwide. ClassLink will provide the district’s 180,000 students and 21,000 staff with single sign-on accessible from any device.

5/27/2015

A rash of local teachers charged with having sexual relationships with students raises the question of whether there is an increase in the number of sexual predators among teachers or simply heightened awareness and increased reporting. Several districts are requiring that staff members use social media tools created and monitored by the district to communicate with students.

5/26/2015

5/26/2015

Information in Action, a new K5 teaching resource published by Scholastic, provides educators with a suite of professional learning materials, including four complete model units at each grade-level to help students integrate reading, writing and research to create, present and launch projects.

5/26/2015

Critics are criticizing legislators after the state's budget committee passed a surprise motion last week that would allow private, home-schooled and online charter students to participate in public school district athletics and activities.

5/26/2015

Albuquerque Public Schools' school board voted to hold back the $1.4 million reimbursement they owed the state education department for this spring's PARCC testing costs after audience members at the meeting voiced opposition to PARCC and the new teacher assessments that are partially based on them.

5/26/2015

Hundreds of Newark students walked out of classes to protest policies of the city's top schools official, who was appointed by the state to overhaul the struggling education system. Superintendent Cami Anderson's plan calls for some schools to be consolidated or shut, charter schools expanded and some students shifted to schools far from home.

5/26/2015

The 29-school Texas district selected FileWave to manage systems and devices for its approximately 20,000 Mac and Windows machines and 5,000 mobile devices.

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