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5/12/2015

5/12/2015

Gov. Greg Abbott approved a measure to reduce the required number of end-of-course tests to pass from five to three. The legislation will immediately exempt thousands of high school students from the stricter graduation requirements. Students still have to get a passing average in all their core classes.

5/12/2015

A bill in the Legislature is aimed at returning, against the will of charter operators, some once-failing Recovery School District schools to the control of the Orleans Parish School Board. The bill has all the makings of a shotgun marriage, seeking to force a relationship that hasn’t been nurtured at the local level.

5/12/2015

Computer-based testing of the ACT will be available next year in the 18 states and additional districts that require students — typically juniors — to take the ACT during the school day. About 1 million students could be affected.

5/12/2015

Shell Squad Adventures is a new kindergarten readiness software that combines automated progression rules with advanced gaming functionality to teach preschoolers 18 core early literacy and math skills.

5/12/2015

The Alpine Board of Education has named Samuel Y. Jarman as the new superintendent of schools. He succeeds retiring Superintendent Vernon M. Henshaw. Jarman has worked as assistant principal at American Fork High and American Fork Junior High, and served as principal of Provo High School for seven years.

5/12/2015

The number of children enrolled in state-funded preschool programs nationwide increased modestly by about 8,500 seats during the 2013-14 school year—an increase of 4 percent for 3-year-olds and 29 percent for4-year-olds served by these programs.

5/12/2015

Massachusetts' superintendents want lawmakers to comb through all the edicts and mandates that they've passed down to schools, and begin to streamline them. Get rid of repetition and time-wasters, and give them back the time and money that they need to do their jobs.

5/12/2015

The new Transparent Language Online includes new features such as a fresh interface, practice activities and customized guidance.

5/12/2015

The Texas district's internal auditor says he's expanding the grade fixing probe that began at Westbury High School to a second campus. The move follows detailed, anonymous allegations from teachers on the campus relayed to school board members.

5/12/2015

Lawrence County Superintendent Heath Grimes was selected by the Alabama district's school board as its next school superintendent. Russellville Superintendent Rex Mayfield retires in July.

5/12/2015

The members of the School Funding Interim Commission should reflect the diversity of the state and its public schools. Its one guiding principle should be to simplify by making funding formulas easier to understand would increase transparency and confidence.

5/11/2015

5/11/2015

Special education teachers and providers at a Flagstaff school must receive more training by early October or risk a loss in federal funding, Arizona education officials said.

5/11/2015

The factors that lead to suicide are extremely complex, and simple lines cannot be drawn between academic stress and young people taking their own lives. But there's been a great deal of soul-searching about the pressures on high school students in the wake of these deaths.

5/11/2015

This goes beyond being an educational issue. It is a civil rights issue.

5/11/2015

Efforts to revamp the evaluation process were spurred by Utah lawmakers' passage in 2012 of a bill requiring teachers to be ranked on a 4-point scale, with only those earning top rankings eligible for scheduled salary increases.

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