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5/5/2015

5/5/2015

Planet Read!, a free, educational teaching app, has debuted as a tool to help students learn to read and spell using interactive games, stories and pictures. Available in the Apple Appstore, this phonics-based app teaches preschool students how to read without memorizing.

5/5/2015

Citing its bleak finances, Chicago Public Schools unveiled a $160 million capital budget that officials said will largely cover only projects that are already underway and the most pressing repairs and maintenance issues at schools.

5/5/2015

Charter schools shouldn't be able to give enrollment preference to students who live within five miles of their campus because doing so is leading to resegregation, some lawmakers and advocates argue.

5/5/2015

A new bill which would require local school systems to provide bus-safety training for students twice a year deserves more attention and support than it has received thus far. The bill would also require a study on how to increase safety for children getting on and off school buses.

5/5/2015

South Dakota’s longest-serving school superintendent, Vern DeGeest, is set to retire after nearly 40 years at the helm of Corsica's school district. Also retiring is Stickney superintendent Bob Krietlow. Scott Muckey, Corsica High School's principal, will become the superintendent for a combined Corsica-Stickney school district.

5/5/2015

School district leaders had expected to see some impact on graduation and dropout rates given the more rigorous, college-prep graduation requirements that began with the class of 2014. Yet the data shows the graduation rate dipping to 57.3 percent for black students, down from 65.5 a year earlier, and to 61.2 percent for Hispanic students from 68.7.

5/5/2015

A new law is so sweeping school officials are wondering whether a homeroom parent would need to be fingerprinted before passing out cupcakes. The new background-check requirements would apply to a wide array of adults who interact with children: school volunteers, parents, school officials, teachers, coaches, janitors and chaperones.

5/4/2015

5/4/2015

The Nevada State Board of Education unanimously granted the reprieve as problems plague the state's standardized tests, which were done online for the first time this year. These annual tests – given in third through eighth grade – were previously done with paper and pencil.

5/4/2015

In the fall, there will be 48 nurses employed by the district, ensuring that every school building — from high school to elementary — has a full-time nurse. A local health-care company will donate $600,000 annually over the next three years to help cover the cost of hiring 12 new nurses.

5/4/2015

The Teacher Dashboard is a classroom control product that allows teachers to manage devices and student activity, restrict or expand online access, and share educational content from a single dashboard.

5/4/2015

Chicago Public Schools officials will not offer teachers an additional year on their current contract, saying the district cannot afford a built-in 3 percent pay hike. The district's decision means negotiations will continue to replace a deal that expires June 30.

5/4/2015

Should schools mark kids' absences as unexcused even when they're missing class for valuable real-world lessons?

5/4/2015

“I remained silent on repealing Common Core and charter school legislation, but it’s time to clearly communicate that we oppose funding items in the Education Trust Fund budget that have nothing to do with education,” Limestone County Superintendent Thomas Sisk said.

5/4/2015

National Academic Group and 3rd Quote Schools have launched EDU Ready Pledge, a new tool to help schools identify education technology vendors committed to collaborations with schools, open and transparent communication, and business and data ethics.

5/4/2015

Instead of suspending or expelling students in kindergarten through third grade, the legislation says schools should impose a loss of privileges on students, refer them to counselors or social workers and seek other interventions that would keep the students inside the school system.

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