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4/29/2015

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?

4/29/2015

To help special education departments with staffing issues, PresenceLearning is offering access to fully credentialed, qualified special education teachers located remotely who can deliver special education instruction to students with mild, moderate and severe needs.

4/28/2015

4/28/2015

Competition for students – and the taxpayer dollars they bring – is likely to increase in the future. Savvy school districts are increasingly realizing that if they want to retain and grow market share, they need to borrow marketing techniques from the corporations that have been fighting these battles for years.

4/28/2015

Several PBS KIDS apps will be included on all new Hatch iStartSmart Mobile tablets to improve kindergarten readiness skills in preschool classrooms nationwide. The apps focus on building essential reading, math and social-emotional skills while exploring song creation, imagination and creative problem solving.

4/28/2015

Newsela launched Text Sets, a collaborative feature that organizes Newsela articles into collections that share a common theme, topic or standard. Text Sets allow educators to contribute and leverage collections of articles to and from a global community of educators.

4/28/2015

Since leaving a 25-year career in the United States Army in 2001, retiring Superintendent Rick Mills has spent the last 14 years serving in leadership positions in public education with Chicago Public Schools, Minneapolis Public Schools and Manatee County School District.

4/28/2015

Students and recent graduates of Career Building Academy, an alternative, trades-oriented charter high school in Colorado Springs, will help construct a 5,300-square-foot house for families of military veterans who are moving their loved ones to a nearby nursing home.

4/28/2015

High quality early learning can help children start school ready to learn and can increase graduation rates. It also has a crucial impact on producing young men and women who have the ability to think critically, work well in teams, and make decisions under pressure. These are the skills we need in the high-tech world of today’s military.

4/28/2015

Students at the five high schools in the Carroll County school system will be subject to random drug testing starting next school year. The testing will be only for the students who participate in athletics, any type of extracurricular non-athletic program and those who drive and park on campus.

4/28/2015

Minority girls in Massachusetts have fewer chances to play high school sports than white girls and fewer than boys of any race, according to a new national report. Heavily minority schools, on average, offer fewer than half as many spots on teams compared with heavily white schools and they give about 60 percent of those spots to boys.

4/28/2015

Test anxiety is hitting Minnesota school administrators as they prepare for the first ever statewide American College Test for high school juniors. To meet protocol, many high schools have rearranged schedules for thousands of other students — scheduling field trips, giving students “digital day” assignments to do from home, or even canceling school altogether.

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