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2/22/2017

2/22/2017

Parent-driven efforts to require daily recess in Florida’s public elementary schools cleared a key milestone: an actual hearing—plus a favorable vote—in a state Senate committee. However, some of Florida’s school districts are wary of another statewide mandate that would force them to carve out time in the school day.

2/22/2017

Fuel Education has expanded its Career Readiness Pathways online and blended learning program. Students can choose to follow one of 24 distinct Career Pathways in six Career Clusters, now including Agriculture and Hospitality.

2/22/2017

A more well-rounded balance of equal portions of revenue from property, sales, and income tax is a better solution for all public entities, and especially for our public schools. If state officials are serious about lowering property taxes, they need to do the hard work of reforming the system rather than pushing the easy button and providing minimal property tax relief.

2/22/2017

Mayor Catherine Pugh called on state legislators to return control of Baltimore school board appointments to City Hall for the first time in 20 years. Securing passage of the legislation would culminate years of effort by the Baltimore delegation to return full control of the school system to the mayor and City Council.

2/22/2017

Capstone announced that Francisco Partners, a technology investment firm, has acquired myON. In conjunction with the transaction, Francisco Partners plans to make a significant growth investment in myON.

2/22/2017

The majority of Arizonans still choose to send their children to public schools. Parents, teachers and education advocates want their “school choice” to be respected and funded. It’s a message state lawmakers and the governor need to hear—even if it goes against their philosophical grain.

2/22/2017

The city's` school board adopted an action plan that pledges to repair widespread chasms that have allowed suspected abuse and neglect of students in the Connecticut school system to potentially go unreported for years. The sweeping recommendations include hiring an independent monitor that will push the district to overhaul its dysfunctional reporting practices.

2/22/2017

Built in partnership with Kids Discover, HMH Kids Discover Social Studies includes a wide array of history and geography materials presented in a student-friendly magazine-style format with hands-on lessons and digital assets.

2/22/2017

Before tax hikes, consolidate school districts. Nearly 45 percent of Illinois districts serve just one or two actual schools. Cutting the number of school districts—not schools—in half could save up to $170 million annually and more than $3 billion in pension costs over the next 30 years.

2/22/2017

Seeking to ensure students aren't met with religious discrimination at school, an Indiana House committee passed a school prayer bill that would add the force of state law behind religious activities some observers say schools already allow.

2/22/2017

Utah's nascent school turnaround program would get a makeover under a bill that received committee approval. The $7 million-a-year program would continue to hire private contractors to work with struggling public schools, but success would be based on "statistically significant improvement," rather than increasing by a letter grade under school grading.

2/22/2017

Despite pleas from parents of transgender children and LGBT employees, the Trump administration is set to rescind Obama-era guidance to schools barring discrimination against transgender students and ensuring they have access to the restroom consistent with their gender identity.

2/21/2017

2/21/2017

Construction will begin this spring on installing SunPower Helix solar systems at 24 school sites in the California school district. The solar installations totaling 4.6 megawatts will primarily include carports, as well as a few rooftop systems, and should be operational by the end of this year.

2/21/2017

Pastors came before Indiana politicians to ask for help with a variety of societal ill by bringing more prayer in schools. They asked the Indiana House Education Committee to support a bill which calls for allowing students to pray aloud and engage in religious activities during school, including the creation of a "public forum" for religion.

2/21/2017

Maryland lawmakers and police, frustrated with the number of drivers who continue to violate bus stop sign law, are calling for an increase in civil penalties. A new bill would hit drivers with a $250 fine for passing a stopped school bus for the second time.

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