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4/30/2015

4/30/2015

Curriculum Foundry will integrate with Google Drive starting next school year. The integration allows districts using Google Apps for Education to share the lessons, units and courses they have created in Learning.com's digital content solution.

4/30/2015

A bill that would pause the state’s obligation to reimburse school construction debt payments will become law without Gov. Bill Walker’s signature. The governor said confusion surrounding the House’s failure to adopt the effective date clause and a retroactivity provision in the bill contributed to his decision not to sign the bill.

4/30/2015

When a parent’s solution is to opt out by packing a healthier school lunch from home, we lose a potential change-maker who can make a real difference in his or her community. All children, regardless of their circumstances, deserve safe, nourishing and delicious school meals. When we abandon school food, we abandon children who could benefit from our powerful voices.

4/30/2015

A bill passed by the state Senate would force school districts to share more of their tax funding with charter schools, but critics say it may open the coffers unfairly by removing a funding exemption from the shared revenue model.

4/30/2015

SunGard K-12 Education has selected Parchment as its premier provider for the secure transmission of electronic academic credentials, including transcripts, for the nearly 1,400 public school districts and charter schools using SunGard K-12’s eSchoolPLUS student information system.

4/30/2015

The costs for Steamboat Springs School District's four potential capital projects range from $54 million to $80 million for construction alone, and could exceed $100 million when other associated costs are added.

4/30/2015

The Michigan Supreme Court heard arguments during a visit to the Ann Arbor high school in an effort to introduce students to the workings of the state's highest appellate court.

4/29/2015

4/29/2015

It seems that the additional $1.5 billion the Texas Senate is proposing is a one-time infusion and doesn’t represent a commitment to a new lasting methodology to make sure that schools are properly and fairly funded over time.

4/29/2015

Santa Clara Unified School District has selected ORIGO's Stepping Stones, a comprehensive, web-based, core mathematics program, as its new math curriculum for students in grades K-5.

4/29/2015

The Kansas district is using its new bully referral app to try to make reporting and tracking complaints easier. The district found that if a child or parents reported bullying, what happened with the record keeping after the report was filed often remained a mystery.

4/29/2015

A decade after New York City shut down a large, struggling middle school in Brooklyn and replaced it with two smaller ones, the Education Department is putting those schools back together. The most important factor in whether other schools will be merged would not be their size, but whether one school has a principal capable of running both schools.

4/29/2015

Washington, D.C.'s new mayoral plan will add $20 million more to the proposed 2016 budget to fund the D.C. Boys and Men of Color Initiative. In addition to 100 paid internships, the initiative will offer community mentors, award additional funds to schools that improve the academic success of boys of color and open a new all-male high school.

4/29/2015

Turnitin Scoring Engine provides instant scoring of student-written texts in online learning environments, or for assessing essays at the district, state or institutional level. The Turnitin service can also assist in evaluating writing for course placement and matriculation exams.

4/29/2015

House lawmakers voted down an attempt to strip school boards in North Carolina of the power to sue county boards of commissioners over budget disputes. The bill would have blocked lawsuits by school boards, forcing the two boards into mediation instead.

4/29/2015

As charters become a permanent feature of the educational landscape, a series of debates are taking shape over their role in our educational portfolio and the rules under which they operate. Do they serve as a replacement strategy for districts or should they function as a something akin to a poor man’s private school? And how many is too many?

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