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3/21/2017

3/21/2017

The Tennessee district's board of education has selected Bob Thomas to be the school system's next superintendent. Assistant superintendent since 1990, he has served in the Knox County School system for his entire career.

3/21/2017

The Summer Reading Boot Camp Kit from Scientific Learning Corp. provides the intensity of practice needed to help students address the root cause of their reading difficulty. The kit includes a bundle of Fast ForWord licenses, web-based training, implementation instructions and motivational materials for students.

3/21/2017

Legislation to change the way districts are funded, which school officials have railed against, is expected to be introduced by the end of the month. The legislation would increase the state's income tax and sales tax. Additionally, to make up the nearly $14 billion needed to fund the commonwealth's 500 school districts, the sales tax would expand to items now exempted.

3/21/2017

California lawmakers filed a package of bills in an attempt to divert children from a school-to-prison pipeline that disproportionately affects low-income and black and Latino families. The eight proposals would extend protections for children facing arrest or detention and ease punishment and burdensome fees for those inside the juvenile justice system.

3/21/2017

The Sevastopol School District approved hiring Kyle Luedtke, the superintendent at Benton School District in Wisconsin, as its new superintendent. He will take over for interim Superintendent Steve Cromell, who came out of retirement to fill the position after former Superintendent Linda Underwood took early retirement at the end of 2015-16 school year.

3/21/2017

Maintaining discipline in the classroom can be a challenge for any teacher. And few things can harm other students’ ability to focus and learn more than a particularly disruptive classmate. That much is clear. But sending students away in handcuffs should be a last resort reserved only for the most serious, dangerous behavior.

3/21/2017

Kansas and nine other states have dropped a lawsuit against the federal government after President Donald Trump’s administration rescinded a Department of Education guidance on school bathrooms. 

3/21/2017

An increasing number of rural districts are moving away from the five-day model. But nobody’s really evaluating it or asking what should be the minimum required if a district is going to do it. The states are just letting it happen; it’s unfortunately going to be very hard to reverse because it’s one of those adult-benefit things that you can’t roll back.

3/21/2017

One of Utah's top public education managers is headed back to the Ogden City School District. Rich Nye, currently a deputy state superintendent for the Utah Board of Education, will succeed Sandy Caroles as Ogden's superintendent. Nye previously worked as the Ogden district's director of assessment under then-Superintendent Brad Smith.

3/21/2017

There is a high teacher turnover rate in Utah. Yet the Legislature ended a state-funded program that pays districts extra money so they can assign experienced teachers to work with rookies. Lawmakers explain that the six-year-old plan was meant as a pilot and that local districts could pick up the funding themselves. Which might make some sense, if districts weren't already starved for cash.

3/20/2017

3/20/2017

A bill that would create a bipartisan commission to review the state's education finances has passed out of the Oklahoma House. The review would include the state's funding formula, teacher pay and benefits, and administrative costs.

3/20/2017

Florida elementary schools would have to provide at least 20 minutes of unstructured recess time each school day under a bill approved by the Senate Appropriations Committee. The vote was the last Senate committee for the bill, meaning its next destination is the Senate floor. A companion bill is still waiting for its first committee hearing in the House.

3/20/2017

Finding the optimal solution to this problem is very valuable, even if that optimal solution is only slightly better than the current plan. A solution that is only one percent worse would require a considerable number of additional buses due to the size of the operation. By optimizing bus routes, schools can cut down on costs.

3/20/2017

With Intellify Learning's cloud-based analytics solution, The Learning House, Inc. will be able to assess student lifecycle activities in real-time and deepen their understanding of students' needs. Intellify offers a way to collect and analyze high volumes of real-time data from disparate education systems including the LMS, SIS and digital learning apps.

3/20/2017

There’s nothing wrong, per se, with “multiple measures.” But academic performance is, or should be, the most important one. The new system considers it just one of many, making it possible for a school to have a good overall rating even with poor academics.

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