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2/14/2017

2/14/2017

SafeOregon, a new school safety tip line, has been launched by the Oregon State Police to provide free, confidential reporting of threats to student safety. Tips can be submitted via email, phone call, text message, mobile application or the website 24 hours a day, seven days a week, including holidays.

2/14/2017

In terms of physical health, kids will obviously get more activity when they play outside, but there are some other surprising benefits. Outdoor time prevents nearsightedness that stems from deprivation of bright sunlight. Intangible social benefits can also translate to better classroom behavior. When kids are doing outdoor activities, they tend to do more group work in a collaborative sort of way.

2/14/2017

The Dougherty County School Board has voted to hire Kenneth Dyer as the new school superintendent after Superintendent David Mosely announced that he would be retiring at the end of this school year. Dyer is the district's current CFO and associate superintendent.

2/14/2017

The Cleveland school district and its teachers union have reached a tentative agreement on a new contract. This is the second attempt to strike a deal that both the school board and teachers will accept in the last five months.

2/14/2017

Georgia voters said ‘no’ in November to a constitutional amendment that would’ve let the state takeover some low-performing schools. The Opportunity School District plan was championed by Gov. Nathan Deal, who promised to come up with a replacement after the vote failed. Now, he has.

2/14/2017

As the ultimate authority for ensuring school safety and setting standards for student discipline, school boards must effectively balance the choice between “removal” and “restoration”; they must do so when it comes to addressing students whose behaviors compromise the learning environment and pose a threat to the physical safety and well-being of others.

2/14/2017

National Geographic Learning has partnered with Precision Exams to offer industry-recognized certifications for high school students in career and technical education programs. They can now earn credentials in more than 170 courses, including health science, building, agriscience, nutrition, welding, travel and more.

2/14/2017

School officials need voter approval to continue collecting more than $100 million in local property taxes that help fund academic programs, facility upgrades and other education needs not covered by state or federal funding. The vote is required because two countywide taxes expire in 2020. The taxes will be extended to 2046 if approved by voters in March.

2/14/2017

Join a young pirate in his swashbuckling adventures, follow a boy’s journey of self-expression through art, and more in six new picture books and middle-grade novels titles from Carolrhoda Books, a division of Lerner Publishing Group.

2/14/2017

Harmless “hazing” does not need to be eradicated, but school districts, parents and students need to be made aware of the distinct line between a dare and hazing if any improvement is to be made. While society cannot prevent hazing altogether, it can denounce the tradition and reverence attached to it.

2/14/2017

Curriculum Associates recently launched i-Ready Ideas to provide teachers with an online, community-driven forum where they can view and share best-practice tips and resources for using i-Ready. The new forum will include images, videos and downloadable resources to help teachers engage students and explore the use of data.

2/14/2017

Low-performing schools should be exempt from the state's academic calendar laws, a new report from the General Assembly's Program Evaluation Division says. The report acknowledges the long-running conflicts over when school should start and end between those seeking to preserve summer vacations and education leaders seeking flexibility.

2/13/2017

2/13/2017

By giving high school students the opportunity to participate in newspapers and yearbooks, they have a place to produce content for their peers. Working with different demographics of students promotes cooperation and constructive thought. It is a shame budget cuts and school board members are hindering the growth of high school journalism.

2/13/2017

SafeBAE (Safe Before Anyone Else) is partnering with Impero Software to enhance Impero’s library of sexting-related keywords and to help Impero create a new keyword library of terms related to the bullying of sexual assault victims. Impero’s software creates an alert if students use any of the keywords or phrases while using devices on the school network.

2/13/2017

The Senate-approved bill seeks to establish a school calendar district committee. It also states that districts adopting a calendar where the first student attendance day is no earlier that the Monday closest to August 26 gain increased flexibility regarding the 170-day minimum required of Kentucky schools.

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