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8/3/2016

8/3/2016

The on-site course series for educators, available now to school districts, covers a range of topics in educational technology, including simplifying complex text, transforming reading programs, increasing information literacy and more.

8/3/2016

This controversial resolution on a moratorium of the expansion of Charter Schools in America reaffirms a 2014 resolution that “the NAACP opposes the privatization of public schools and/or public subsidizing or funding of for-profit or charter schools.”

8/3/2016

A Sacramento school is making a trip to the dentist easier for students. Harmon Johnson Elementary offers a virtual dental home, where a dental hygienist takes X-rays and an off-site dentist has access to review the students' records. Lawmakers are considering a bill to expand the program statewide. Oregon, Hawaii and Colorado are testing the program now.

8/3/2016

Educators share stories of year one with a school makerspace, emphasizing that the spaces thrive when they are flexible enough to meet the needs of students and teachers.

8/3/2016

Minneapolis school board members tore into their plans to improve graduation rates, test scores and other measures of academic achievement at their first retreat with new superintendent Ed Graff. It was an opportunity of the board to refocus on student achievement and district operations after it spent more than a year in a tumultuous superintendent search.

8/3/2016

After a relentless focus on quality in the early years, the city is even bringing lessons learned to later grades. What led to that success? It depends on whom you ask, but the answers include well-educated, well-paid teachers; strong unions; a population willing to pay significant amounts in taxes to fund education; and relatively small class sizes.

8/3/2016

In order to train the drivers transporting more than half of the country’s school children, School Bus Safety Company and Scenario Learning are partnering to deliver school bus safety training courses online through the SafeSchools Online Staff Training System.

8/3/2016

A newly appointed 23-person committee of educators, public safety officials and lawmakers will try to tackle school safety statewide by mid-October. The group aims to identify areas where the school system may be weak or unsafe and present solutions on how to curb issues like cyber bullying, social media and violence.

8/3/2016

As part of its efforts to improve communications, foster collaboration and bolster student achievement, Nampa School District #131 has become the first school district in Idaho to implement the itslearning learning management system. With 24 schools, the district serves 15,000 students in grades preK through 12, and will begin using the system this fall.

8/3/2016

Incidences of both technical and procurement problems with state K12 tests were common this year, which means information is missing on how well roughly 540,000 students performed in school. Schools are left to fall back on data from student grades and educators' informal observations, which do not necessarily paint a full picture of student mastery.

8/3/2016

The more than 35,000 Ohio students enrolled in online charter schools aren’t learning as much as their peers in brick-and-mortar schools and are dragging down the state’s charter-school system, a new study has found.

8/2/2016

8/2/2016

​Charter school operators were told to submit documentation that schools are following roughly 300 state rules and regulations as part of new sponsor evaluations designed to weed out poor-performers or push them to improve. Some sponsors are questioning whether the state is going too far, requiring proof of compliance with some less-than-vital laws.

8/2/2016

Reading Horizons Accelerate is an educator platform designed to provide free resources for teachers and implementation support for Reading Horizons products in a blended learning environment, including the digital curriculums for Reading Horizons Discovery and Reading Horizons Elevate.

8/2/2016

Before the state opens the door to creating more charter school opportunities, it should address the funding question. We also need to consider whether opening the door wider to charter school education might threaten rural school districts. What’s good for the urban school districts might not be good for those in the rural part of the state.

8/2/2016

More than 20 percent of Kansas districts will start this school year under new leadership, marking the highest turnover of superintendents in the history of the state, according to a state official. Those studying the trend say it’s due in part to the stress leaders feel over finances and the political climate.

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