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9/23/2016

9/23/2016

After the dark days of the Great Recession, Florida lawmakers had a few relatively cheerful budget years. Now a new budget analysis shows that the state government’s projected surplus will likely dwindle to almost nothing in the coming budget year. Even worse, Florida could face a $1.3 billion shortfall the following year.

9/23/2016

Turnitin’s Feedback Studio for iPad app has merged the benefits of mobile technology with the power of learning and engagement through feedback. This release gives students the power to submit papers, analyze similarity reports (to check for originality), and review instructor feedback on the go.

9/23/2016

New superintendent, new school year, and now, the Oklahoma City School board has a new way of grading how its superintendent is doing. This is the first year any school district will be using the new evaluation, developed by Oklahoma State School Boards Association, that is largely based on student achievement.

9/23/2016

California’s school-construction needs are piling up while its matching-grant program to help build those projects has dwindled to practically nothing. But the grant program is emblematic of a state system for funding new and renovated schools that is badly outdated, inequitable and inefficient. The system needs to be fixed rather than perpetuated.

9/23/2016

Michael Martirano, the state superintendent of schools, is resigning his position on June 30, 2017, to move closer to his family in Maryland.

9/23/2016

The appointed Georgia Board of Education endorsed Gov. Nathan Deal’s Opportunity School District. If the amendment passes, the governor will gain sweeping new powers to take over schools deemed failing by their performance on state tests. They can then hand them and their local funding to the appointed OSD superintendent.

9/23/2016

The San Francisco Board of Education is asking voters to approve a $744 million facilities bond in November for the school district to refurbish property, build at least one new school and construct an arts institute. The district has not put a facilities bond before voters since 2011.

9/23/2016

Building off of its math curriculum GO Math! and the Sushi Monster app , Houghton Mifflin Harcourt launched GO Math! GO, a playful learning app that offers more than 1,500 math problems per grade level and aligns with content for grades K-2.

9/23/2016

With a new school superintendent taking over this fall in Houston, every one of Texas’ eight largest cities now has a Latino running the school district. That’s a big deal in a state with a surging Hispanic population and a history of political underrepresentation.

9/22/2016

9/22/2016

FloSports signed with Varsity Spirit to power Varsity.tv, a new website dedicated to live coverage and a video library of Varsity Spirit cheer and dance competitions, original documentaries, breaking news and more. The partnership includes upcoming events such as the National High School Cheerleading Championship.

9/22/2016

While Congress has yet to move on reauthorizing the act, Minnesota school officials are giving no indication of slowing down with creative ways of incorporating healthy ingredients into their students’ lunches.

9/22/2016

Voters in the 16 towns of the Minuteman Regional Vocational High School District went to the polls to decide whether to approve $144.9 million in funds to build a new Minuteman Regional High School building. Although backers of the new school unofficially won in a landslide, voters in four towns rejected the new school.

9/22/2016

Both the elementary school-focused freshINCedu and mxINCedu for middle school students are designed to expose students to the fundamentals of entrepreneurship in an engaging way and involving experienced business professionals.

9/22/2016

Data is telling us is that principals are developing styles of leadership that move away from the traditional administrative role. This new style, that we call "leadership for learning", supports instructional quality at the same time that it takes actions to involve other stakeholders in school decisions.

9/22/2016

High school grades have been the best predictor of college success, but they only explain about 20 percent of the differences between students’ college GPAs. One trait that stood out was a student's work/study habits. Compared with the those who did much worse than their high school grades predicted, those that much better planned to study three additional hours a week, on average.

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