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8/25/2017

8/25/2017

Studies show that those students taking a “gap” year between high school and college work more seriously when they return to school; do better academically; and add to their employability in future years. National service would help in a similar way. Perhaps more significantly, national service would force those who don’t think alike to live, work and coexist.

8/25/2017

Evergreen Public Schools is gaining access to digital curriculum through LearnZillion’s Curriculum-as-a-Service platform to allow the district to create, track and provide consistent support among all schools and minimize teacher time spent searching for lesson plans.

8/25/2017

Roxane Fuentes has been named superintendent of the Berryessa USD, replacing Will Ector, who is retiring. Fuentes has worked mostly recently as the assistant superintendent of educational services in the El Rancho USD.

8/25/2017

In some states, the question of school calendars is being considered through an economic lens—not just with an eye toward students’ potential as future employees, but on the impact a shorter summer break might have on local tourism. Among them is Michigan. But this year, more than 100 districts and charter schools have received a waiver from Michigan’s requirement.

8/25/2017

Dallas ISD's board is expected to discuss limiting access to directory information that’s long been public. The directory is often used by those wanting to market directly to students. But board members are worried that charter operators are now routinely using the information to more aggressively recruit families away from the district.

8/25/2017

Sensory rooms not only help students with special needs feel more comfortable and empowered in the classroom, they may also keep them in their neighborhood schools, according to K12 administrators.

8/25/2017

The Marvel Group introduced a new option in its Focus Series of height-adjustable furniture. The new Focus Activity Table provides a wide, stable work surface for group projects and presentations, with a Feathertouch lift mechanism that allows children to easily set the height for sitting or standing.

8/24/2017

8/24/2017

Two high schools would be rebuilt along with a middle school and four elementary schools under a $283 million bond proposal approved by the Canyons Board of Education to be placed on the November 7 ballot.

8/24/2017

Three years into PARCC, Maryland educators surely had hoped for greater improvement. And yet, the fact that the scores reflect quite the spacious room for improvement tends to support the mission of PARCC. It is a harder test than what it replaced, the Maryland School Assessments—and it needs to be.

8/24/2017

A new law states elementary and secondary schools shall display a framed picture or poster of "In God We Trust" above an American flag in their libraries and classrooms. But the money to do so either has to be donated from a private organization or purchased with funds made available through voluntary contributions to the local school boards.

8/24/2017

Communities have done their part in raising funds through local bonds, and now need the Legislature and the governor to do their part. If the state doesn’t accelerate bond sales, districts will end up paying more for less since construction costs typically rise by 6 percent annually.

8/24/2017

TenMarks Writing, an online curriculum designed for teachers to help their students become better writers, brings to life storytelling and expository writing using the scaffolding instructional technique. It also incorporates natural language processing technology to provide students with automatic, personalized feedback.

8/24/2017

A recent series of sex assault cases by public school employees against students revealed possible safety vulnerabilities for children, according to an investigation. In each of the cases, the adult charged is an unlicensed school employee, not formally licensed by the state department of education, but still able to have private, one-on-one access to children inside buildings.

8/24/2017

A new law changes how snow days are made up, allowing school districts to come up with an online learning plan that students can do from home instead of staying in school at the end of the year to make up the days.

8/24/2017

A number of major projects are in limbo due to stalls with the state capital budget process. The ramifications are significant since the funding issue directly impacts the state’s School Construction Assistance Program, which provides funding assistance to school districts that are in the midst of major new construction or improvement projects.

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