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4/26/2017

4/26/2017

Arizona public schools will get new letter-grade ratings for the first time in three years this fall. The grades will be largely tethered to standardized-testing results. But the additions to the new grading rubric include other aspects, such as including career-technical program completion rates for high-school students.

4/26/2017

To be eligible for a Purple Star, an Ohio school must have a liaison on staff for military families and the school. Officials pointed to the challenges children in military families face as many transfer to multiple schools during a parent’s career in uniform and deal with fitting in to a new culture or a parent deployed to a war zone.

4/26/2017

Currently, six states have legislative measures pending or already on the books that would allow anti-science rhetoric, including the rejection of global warming, to seep its way into schools’ curricula. While these types of proposals have become fairly routine in certain states, some of the most recent crop have advanced farther than in the past.

4/26/2017

A controversial school choice bill is being held back this year. The House Education Committee voted overwhelmingly to retain the bill, which proposed state funding grants for students attending a variety of schools, including private and religious schools.

4/26/2017

The Course Hero online learning platform has developed more than 200 literature study guides and infographics with detailed analyses on some of the most taught literature books in high school and college. The practical guides also feature historical and literary context.

4/26/2017

Thousands of elementary students from across the U.S. will travel virtually to Washington’s Penrose Point and Lime Kiln Point state parks in May to see orcas and other aquatic life in their natural habitats through Journey to the Parks, a series of high-tech distance learning experiences.

4/26/2017

Orange County officials agreed to loosen restrictions on future schools and allow the district to build campuses on smaller sites potentially half the size of the current minimum campus requirement. The county and school district have debated the rules for years as school leaders searched for appropriate sites for relief schools.

4/26/2017

A plan to study how to split North Carolina school systems into smaller districts is moving forward in the state legislature. The bill would create a joint legislative study committee to look into whether legislation should be introduced to allow for the breakup of previously merged school systems.

4/26/2017

Regional School Unit 10 has expanded its partnership with PowerSchool to centralize instruction, learning, assessment and analytics. The Unified Classroom simplifies classroom management by eliminating the need for teachers and school administrators to manage student data in several different software solutions.

4/26/2017

A remote Utah school is in an area that struggles with extreme poverty, high rates of absenteeism, homelessness, substance use disorders and frequent turnover of teachers. In an effort to stem turnover and improve academic achievement, the district launched a pilot project to pay significantly higher salaries to veteran educators selected as lead teachers.

4/26/2017

Last spring, when a New York City elementary school banned mandatory traditional homework assignments for children up to fourth grade, you might have expected universal acclaim. Instead, war broke out among the parents. Some privately called the plan economically and racially insensitive.

4/26/2017

New York City has announced an ambitious plan to extend universal preschool to 3-year-olds. Mayor Bill de Blasio says the effort will expand on the city's current program for 4-year-olds. The city is starting slow by first expanding preschool seats in two low-income school districts this fall.

4/25/2017

4/25/2017

The Optoma ZH400UST, ZW300UST and ZW300USTi projectors offer increased image performance, reliability and flexibility with ultra short throw capabilities. The company also launched its Education First program to bring insights, incentives and customer support to K12 and higher learning institutions.

4/25/2017

Designed for the “at-promise” student who needs to earn credit, FuelEd’s new adaptive curriculum features multi-media and motivational learning objects. The new courses also include English language learners support, including non-linguistic representation of content, audio demonstrations and pre-teaching of key vocabulary in both English and Spanish.

4/25/2017

Seattle Public Schools plans to change its start times again, this time from three different times to just two. Seattle Mayor Ed Murray said he will ask for the city’s Families and Education Levy to allocate $2.3 million to pay for additional school buses to move to fewer start times.

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