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5/26/2015

5/26/2015

Preschoolers may not be getting enough exercise while attending preschool, according to a new study. Instead of participating in physical activities for the recommended 120 minutes per day, children were receiving just 48 minutes a day to run and play during preschool hours.

5/26/2015

The Alabama superintendent is leaving his current position to return to his previous role as principal of Rockwell Elementary School.

5/26/2015

Michigan's Lakewood Board of Education voted to hire Alto Elementary School Principal Randy Fleenor as the district's new superintendent. Current Superintendent Michael O'Mara is retiring.

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.

5/22/2015

5/22/2015

The Louisiana Senate approved a bill that would bar public and charter schools from suspending or expelling elementary school students for violating school uniform rules.

5/22/2015

Nell K. Duke and Scholastic debuted Information in Action, a new professional development tool that guides teachers to use project-based instruction to help students become better readers and writers of informational text.

5/22/2015

District leaders are holding public meetings to discuss allocating funds using student-based budgeting (SBB). One advantage is that students with the same type of needs would get the same amount of funding, no matter which school they attend. SBB budgeting can give building principals more flexibility to tailor resources to fit their schools.

5/22/2015

With tougher emissions standards looming and the constant pressure to save money, propane has become increasingly attractive as an alternative to traditional fossil fuels for some vehicles. Of the top 25 school bus markets, 19 have propane-fueled vehicles in their fleets.

5/22/2015

Sunburst Digital, Inc. and Parlor Labs partnered bring Ponder, a browser add-on and iOS app used to create micro-responses and annotations. Teachers and students are using Ponder to manage open-ended, self-directed learning across the internet, PDFs and videos.

5/22/2015

Erin MacGregor, Plymouth Canton Community Schools assistant superintendent of teaching and learning, has been offered the superintendent’s job at Howell Public Schools. MacGregor has served the Plymouth-Canton district for 15 years.

5/22/2015

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt launched a new online Developer Portal, in which education technology developers, designers and educators can leverage newly-exposed Houghton Mifflin Harcourt APIs to create learning applications. To mark the launch, the company will host Curious Codefest, a 24-hour developer challenge.

5/22/2015

The state Education Department has rejected all 15 applications for new charter schools, including 12 in New York City, claiming they failed to meet academic standards. Charter-school advocates say the rejection of all the applicants was due to pro-teacher-union politics.

5/22/2015

Changing the state education funding formula to reflect more up-to-date special education enrollment numbers and costs would help relieve pressures on school budgets and provide school districts more flexibility in meeting student needs.

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