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8/24/2016

8/24/2016

Ormiboard is a digital learning environment that transforms any device with any operating system into an easy-to-use whiteboarding and collaboration tool. Teachers can migrate existing whiteboard content from other software to capitalize on the work they’ve already done.

8/24/2016

A new survey says the average American household with children will spend $673 on back-to-school supplies. The National Retail Federation says nationally, the total economic impact of the shopping from pre-school kids to college students will top $75.8 billion this year, compared to $68 billion last year.

8/24/2016

Several Texas school districts are still looking to fill key staffing vacancies after the start of school, including Austin ISD with more than 400 vacancies listed and Round Rock ISD with over 100 vacancies.

8/24/2016

Legislative Republicans' decision to potentially block evaluations of charter-school sponsors could jeopardize the release of a $71 million federal grant for the tax-funded, privately operated schools. The first-ever sponsor evaluations aim to close failing charter schools and bring more accountability to a system widely criticized for being too weak.

8/24/2016

GP PRO, a division of Georgia-Pacific Consumer Products LP, debuted Pacific Blue Ultra product line. The brand includes a line of paper towel, soap and sanitizer dispensers, as well as the product refills.

8/24/2016

A federal judge in Texas has issued a nationwide injunction barring federal government agencies from taking action against school districts that don't follow the Obama administration's guidance on transgender bathroom policies in schools.

8/24/2016

Arkansas embarks on a new school voucher program that allows parents of children with certain disabilities to use state funding to pay for private education outside of their public school district.

8/24/2016

Ads have been on school campuses for a long time, from banners in the baseball fields to display ads in the yearbook, and digital ad kiosks are simply another form of it. What’s different about this effort is the ads are handled by a third party, and that introduces some concerns.

8/24/2016

A move to close schools in Baltimore County for Muslim holidays failed by one vote at the school board.The vote came after more than a decade of advocacy by the Muslim community. A school board subcommittee recommended the move.

8/24/2016

The Virtual High School is piloting a new introductory college-level computer science course in fall 2016, designed to appeal to all students in grades 10-12, not just those interested in STEM subjects.

8/24/2016

Closing schools is a draconian measure which is not supported by the research or best practices. Also, the state School Reform Office's statement reveals that the state will essentially create institutional barriers between disadvantaged children and an equitable education in Michigan.

8/23/2016

8/23/2016

Publisher of Singapore Math, Marshall Cavendish, announced a new print-format math workbook series for back-to-school. The series helps K5 students build “fact fluency” in math, as they learn to master and understand essential math facts.

8/23/2016

As kids head back to school this year, some parents are celebrating a victory in the battle to improve their children’s education. It isn’t better textbooks or an improved curriculum or even better teachers. It’s more recess.

8/23/2016

A federal judge has barred the Ferguson-Florissant School District from conducting school board elections, ruling that the current political process is stacked against African-American voters.

8/23/2016

California has been working to develop a smarter accountability system. The new system would judge schools the way we judge students, on a “dashboard” that gives parents information on how each school is doing on eight state priorities. Unfortunately, the federal government is demanding that California continue to rank schools with a single standard.

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