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2/19/2015

2/19/2015

In what’s become a re-enactment of a misguided pursuit a decade ago, some state lawmakers want to prohibit student access to public school sex education classes without parental consent. The current policy, in which local school boards decide whether schools have an “opt-in” or “opt-out” option, works and doesn’t need to change.

2/19/2015

The findings of a survey that asked more than 300 school districts about their financial health were released. The report shows that a few things have hurt schools financially over the past decade: pension obligations, funding for charter and cyber schools, and limits on property tax hikes.

2/19/2015

Absolute Software Corporation incorporated a new security feature, Device Freeze Offline Policy, for its Absolute Computrace product. This capability allows IT to set an automated freeze command for any device that remains offline for a specific period of time or is unassigned or misplaced.

2/19/2015

By making it unnecessarily difficult for high-quality professionals to enter the classroom, and equally difficult for neighborhood schools to fill teaching vacancies, unions protect their members from competition while protecting profit from dues.

2/19/2015

Twenty school districts found to be blocking access for undocumented immigrant children will be forced to modify their enrollment policies to break down illegal barriers to education, according to the attorney general's office.

2/19/2015

An increasing number of high school seniors are taking advantage of early admission programs. The number of colleges offering earlier deadlines has increased by about 7 percent in the last five years, according to the College Board. And most of those colleges report that they are receiving more early applications.

2/18/2015

2/18/2015

A new Grand Forks program was created with the belief that no student should be deterred from a career based on gender stereotypes. Through a series of hands-on activities, eighth-grade girls are introduced to potential math and science careers, and the path they need to get there.

2/18/2015

At least 145 school districts, including some of Michigan’s largest, passed contracts that extended years into the future, delaying the full impact of the law aimed at giving workers a choice on union membership. Unions will have to look beyond blocking right to work to hold on to their members.

2/18/2015

Helping students become networked learners begins by thinking carefully about where we conduct our online learning. With most online learning, student contributions are usually limited to discussion forums and assignment submissions. A goal is for students to learn to build their own networks of learning resources.

2/18/2015

High schoolers in Hanover, New Hampshire are pushing for a new policy that would make free condoms available in their nurse’s office, saying that it’s important to expand access to contraception among sexually active teens.

2/18/2015

The Lexitab Neon XL Tablet features a double interface for adults and a Lexibook Kids OS designed for younger users. The tablet gives users access to Lexibook Market's 26,000 educational apps and Google Play.

2/18/2015

Over the last four years, New York City public schools have seen a 30 percent increase in the number of students referred to occupational therapy, to nearly 42,000 students. The city covers the cost, which at $58 million a year is up from $38 million just five years ago.

2/18/2015

Wisconsin's 16 technical colleges could establish independent charter high schools staffed by college instructors, under a proposal being circulated by two lawmakers that aims to better prepare students for the workforce.

2/18/2015

The Georgia city is partnering with its school system to install external cameras on school buses to catch motorists who illegally pass stopped buses. The city government will pay for the adjudication of disputed citations while Atlanta Public Schools will handle installation and maintenance costs.

2/18/2015

Some sixth-graders in Indian Prairie School District 204 could be piloting a device-testing plan next school year that would eventually put a computer in the hands of all of the district's nearly 30,000 students.

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