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1/27/2017

1/27/2017

A bill that would require school buses to have seat belts is being considered by lawmakers in Washington, one of more than a dozen states where school seat belt measures are on the legislative agenda this year.

1/27/2017

As leaders in education, it is our obligation to model civil discourse. When faced with conflict or opposing priorities, do we want future generations to approach a situation with humility and a commitment to understanding, or do we want them to draw a line in the sand and vilify those who stand on the other side? We must teach children conflict resolution and consensus building.

1/27/2017

The Marion County School District Board of Education's interim superintendent, Kandace Bethea, was named as the district's superintendent. She served as director of curriculum and instruction of Marion School District One and as the deputy superintendent for the newly consolidated Marion County School District before being named interim superintendent in June 2016.

1/27/2017

The Pennsylvania district's school board turned a temporary solution into a permanent with the hiring of William R. Shirk Jr. as the district's superintendent. He has been serving as acting superintendent since the resignation of Shellie Feola in August. He has been Pottsgrove's assistant superintendent since 2013.

1/27/2017

Vernier Software & Technology is working with Google to expand the availability of software that can graph scientific and engineering data on mobile devices. Science and STEM students can now use Vernier sensors to collect and graph data in real time within Google’s Science Journal app on Google Play for Android devices.

1/27/2017

Maine schools, communities, parents and government should take a cue from Iceland, a country that dramatically turned around its rates of teen substance use in under two decades thanks to a radical shift in focus. The country turned away from talking about the dangers of drugs and alcohol and instead put its energy into supporting healthy alternatives to drugs—or “natural highs.”

1/27/2017

The Brentwood School Board hired Brian Lane, deputy superintendent at Mehlville School District, to lead the Missouri district starting July 1. Current Superintendent David Faulkner will retire on June 30. He has worked in public education for three decades.

1/27/2017

Arizona school districts estimate the state's new minimum-wage hike will cost them a combined $11.5 million over the next six months, most of which will pay wages of employees outside the classroom. School leaders are asking for additional state funding to mitigate the cost of raising the minimum wage and providing paid sick days.

1/27/2017

Promethean introduced the ActivPanel with InGlass touch and writing technology and ClassFlow Desktop, an interactive lesson delivery software. ActivPanel’s InGlass provides a built-in digital whiteboard for free-form handwriting and drawing, saving and sending capabilities, and a simultaneous touch and pen surface.

1/27/2017

For the older folks among us, a memo from state education officials in the spring of 2011 that cursive writing would no longer be a part of the required curriculum came as a bit of a shock. What would become of a future generation of adults unable to sign their own names? Yet another law dictating what teachers should teach is neither needed nor probably welcomed.

1/27/2017

With a $621 million price tag, Superintendent James Lane's plan to enhance education in Chesterfield Public Schools breaks down into three major categories: compensation, retirement and academic enhancements. To start, every full-time staff member will get a raise that will increase to 10 percent over the next five years.

1/27/2017

In the wake of President Donald Trump’s executive actions, in which he promised to crack down on people in the country illegally and withhold federal funding from so-called sanctuary cities, a tide of school officials struck back, promising to protect such students and their families.

1/27/2017

BloomBoard and Spring Branch ISD have partnered to launch multiple new competency-based professional learning programs to over 2,400 educators across the district. Six learning programs have been designed for the 2016-17 school year, focusing on new teacher induction, leadership training, blended learning and more.

1/26/2017

1/26/2017

Expanding school choice for parents who want options to public schools has gained momentum, the chairman of the Iowa House Education Committee said. But he cautioned that it will be difficult to expand those options for families who enroll nearly 33,000 students in non-public K12 education this year if there is a cost to the state.

1/26/2017

The state's transgender students would be barred from school locker rooms, shower rooms and changing rooms, according to a new measure that is similar to the one Gov. Dennis Daugaard vetoed last session. Separate accommodations would be established for those students who don't want to use accommodations not corresponding with their gender identity.

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