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1/26/2017

1/26/2017

Although he did not give more details, Gov. Scott Walker said his state budget proposal will include a plan to "dramatically help rural schools." In his State of the State address earlier this month, Walker said rural schools face unique challenges including transportation costs, declining enrollment and broadband access.

1/26/2017

In Washington state more than $32 million is spent on testing each year. Testing to gain good data is needed, but the current amount seems excessive.

1/26/2017

Federal agents raided the offices of a network of Los Angeles charter schools as part of an ongoing investigation into allegations of fraud and fiscal mismanagement. Celerity Educational Group opened its first L.A. school more than a decade ago but it has recently drawn the scrutiny of the inspector general of the LAUSD and the U.S. attorney’s office in Los Angeles.

1/26/2017

Video-based coaching and professional learning using a Chromebook is now a reality with Edthena’s new Chromebook app. Teachers can now complete an entire video coaching cycle—from recording to upload to feedback—on a Chromebook device.

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.

1/26/2017

With the district looking at emptied reserves and a spiral of short-term borrowing that's near its limit, a Chicago Board of Education member raised the prospect of shortening the city's school year to save money, though officials held off on publicly outlining steps being weighed to fill a budget gap.

1/26/2017

The state's Board of Public Works reinstated $10 million of school construction money for Baltimore city and Baltimore County, after the Maryland school districts presented plans to install air conditioning in overheated classrooms. The city plans to cool all of its schools within five years, and the county has plans to install air conditioning within four years.

1/26/2017

For years, sixth-graders in N.C. public schools were only allowed to serve as managers on their school teams. But the state's board of education recently decided to let individual school districts decide, and several teams throughout the state have opened their teams to younger students. The only sport where sixth-graders are still not allowed to compete statewide is football.

1/26/2017

Four of the latest BrightLink interactive ultra short-throw presentation displays for education offer wireless content sharing, crisp image quality with up to full HD resolution and a bright, readable interactive image up to 100 inches.

1/26/2017

To help solve a looming school construction funding crisis, lawmakers introduced a bill to amend the Wyoming Constitution to make school districts levy property taxes to pay for new facilities. The bill would require districts to levy a “special tax” as a condition to receive state money to construct school buildings.

1/26/2017

Human trafficking is a complex danger with a multitude of causes. However, one known at-risk group is young children with low self-esteem. Young children will spend a large chunk of their time in schools, making that the best place to start taking preventive actions against human trafficking.

1/25/2017

1/25/2017

But for nearly 30 years, the practice of important standards and skills that student journalists must learn have been surrendered to the whim of school administrators. Pre-publication review and the censorship of student publications deprives students of the practical experience gained in applying standards of accuracy and fairness and in recognizing potential problems with libel and slander.

1/25/2017

Follett has become a premier distributor for Dremel 3D printers for the K12 school market. The Dremel 3D Idea Builder includes 10 curriculum-based lesson plans, 3D model kits and includes complete access to a Professional Development Learning Network badge certification training course.

1/25/2017

There is nothing new about a party winning elections and using that power to gain more political advantage. That has been going on for a long time. But it was not always this way when it came to education. New issues include changes in education leadership after the 2016 election, new turnaround strategies for low-performing schools, and a larger focus on principal pay and preparation.

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