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5/19/2017

5/19/2017

Lawmakers have less than two weeks to hash out significant differences in altering the new A-F grading system for schools, a key priority for educators that the Senate Education Committee debated. When a preliminary look at how schools would fare under the new grades was released earlier, educators had said it stigmatized the poorest neighborhoods with the most challenges.

5/19/2017

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos is expected to offer details about the Trump administration’s vision for a federal investment in school choice in a major policy speech Monday. She is believed to be preparing to unveil an education tax credit scholarship proposal.

5/19/2017

Discovery Education, USAA and the Texas ASCD signed a new multi-year investment to support STEM career development and financial literacy in San Antonio-area middle and high schools. The regional Texas education initiative offers educators the digital resources and professional development, including STEMinars, Science Techbook, financial literacy interactives and STEMCamp.

5/19/2017

Michael Wilson, a longtime administrator in the Ansonia school system, has been selected as the new superintendent of the Seymour public school district. Currently the assistant superintendent of Ansonia schools, Wilson will replace Superintendent Christine Syriac, who is retiring,

5/19/2017

Kansas superintendents made the trek to Topeka during the final week of the school year to tell the Senate education finance committee it needs to put more money in its bill in order to have the recommended funding level sufficient enough to accomplish college workforce readiness as established by Kansans Can.

5/19/2017

About $11 billion in state funds is dedicated to elementary and secondary education, but about $4 billion goes toward current and legacy costs of teacher retirement. If districts, and not the state, had to pay pensions, it would free up at least $1 billion annually, which the state can use for the funding of the actual education of students.

5/19/2017

The new MathQED website has launched to offer math tutoring and homework help. The resource provides student-teacher interaction via online forums, chat rooms and cooperative problem-solving. Special interest forums and exam preparation help are also available.

5/19/2017

The superintendent of the Muskegon Heights Public School Academy System has been selected as the next superintendent of Okemos Public Schools. Alena Zachery-Ross remained superintendent of the Muskegon Heights district when it transitioned from a charter school district ran by a private firm to a public charter school district in 2014.

5/19/2017

Lost in the cacophony of the final week of the legislative session was House and Senate agreement on an omnibus education bill that tweaks the original Act 46 language to help school districts struggling with merger proposals. It provides guidance and support for over 100 school districts statewide that are still considering their options.

5/19/2017

Report card time. You open the envelope, and see a ‘B’. You have a good sense of how your child is faring in class. Unfortunately Michigan is not nearly as clear about the quality of education in a school. In fact, a new proposal will make our state even less transparent and less honest about school quality.

5/19/2017

A consortium composed of leading STEM advocates, educators and service providers has developed a comprehensive program through which teachers can become certified in STEM entrepreneurship. This effort is spearheaded by Pitsco Education, the Jacobson Institute for Youth Entrepreneurship, Startup Genius and zSpace.

5/18/2017

5/18/2017

After years of serving processed, re-heated, pre-packaged lunches, some schools are going back to cooking from scratch. Their goal is to serve meals prepared in an actual kitchen, with fresh ingredients, for thousands of picky kids.

5/18/2017

Greenon district leaders will meet with state officials to discuss plans to construct a new $54 million school after voters approved a $36 million bond issue to build a new pre-k through 12th grade school.

5/18/2017

Voters on overwhelmingly approved a $790 million construction bond that would modernize four schools and fund fixes to a slew of safety hazards in nearly every Portland school. The win closes out a painful year of transition for Portland Public Schools that came to a head just weeks prior to the crucial vote.

5/18/2017

Turnitin has added Lexile measures to its instructional writing program, Revision Assistant, to better help teachers match appropriate texts to individual students and personalize instruction. The Lexile Framework for Reading is the standard for matching student reading levels to text complexity.

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