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5/17/2017

5/17/2017

One year after the results of a statewide school adequacy study were released, a new coalition is saying that study was, well, inadequate. The group is spearheading another study into Michigan’s school finances that also does a deep dive into challenges educating higher numbers of students with special needs and youth who aren’t fluent in English.

5/17/2017

The House K-12 Education Committee signed off on a proposal to put a $1.9 billion school construction bond on the ballot for voter approval in November 2018. The bill would allocate money to each county based on a formula that includes average student population, expected growth and the size of the county.

5/17/2017

As a pre-cursor to independent practice, the guided Next Generation Adaptive Keyboarding practice curriculum launches a module that directs students through such keyboarding basics as home row and upper row to ensure proper technique within those skill areas.

5/17/2017

The court will hear arguments in former Gov. Ronnie Musgrove's appeal of a school funding lawsuit. A judge ruled against Musgrove's 21 school district clients, rejecting arguments that the Legislature is legally bound to fully fund Mississippi's education formula.

5/17/2017

The Trump administration’s decision to relax nutrition standards for school lunches introduced by Michelle Obama is the latest development in a food fight that’s been going for nearly a century. Controversies have dogged school lunch from the beginning.

5/17/2017

Epson is continuing to collaborate with SMART Technologies Inc. to bring Epson’s SMART Board M680 and 880 interactive whiteboards with the launch of the Epson PowerLite 680 Ultra Short-Throw Presentation Display for SMART. This presentation display offers seamless integration with SMART Extended Control Panel.

5/17/2017

Wake County public school leaders are reluctant to dip into what they say are emergency, one-time funds to cover their budget needs and are hoping county commissioners won't force their hand. The recommended budget only provides $16 million in new funds but the school system is projected to have $21 million in local funding left over in its budget this year.

5/17/2017

House members voted narrowly to pass several bills out of a budget committee, including two that would suspend the state's back-to-school sales tax holiday and eliminate sales tax exemptions for state agencies.Suspending the holiday for 2017, 2018 and 2019 would reportedly bring in about $7.4 million, annually.

5/17/2017

By leveraging Caliper Analytics from IMS Global Learning Consortium to ease the collection, storage and access of activity data from Kaltura within Intellify's store, Kaltura customers will be able to easily configure a connection to Intellify Essentials, a self-serve analytics solution for educational data.

5/16/2017

5/16/2017

A plan to increase school funding by about $278 million over two years is headed to the House floor under heavy criticism. An earlier version of the school finance proposal called for an increase of $750 million over five years. The House K-12 Budget Committee cut the amount before voting to send the plan to the House.

5/16/2017

Segregation in the city’s schools cannot be dismissed as an unsolvable problem. And though housing plays a role, decades-old educational policies have reinforced inequality and actually trapped many low-income children in an inferior system-within-a-system.

5/16/2017

Everyone from parents to educators seems to be talking about it. More specifically, they’re arguing about how best to present the sensitive topic to impressionable prepubescent youths while complying with a new state law that put extra demands on sexual education courses. For some districts, that has meant completely redoing their curriculum.

5/16/2017

Matt Donkin, the superintendent of Franklin, Williamson, Johnson and Massac counties, will become the district superintendent of the Frankfort School District. In recent years, the number of regional superintendents in Illinois had been reduced, requiring Donkin to take on two additional counties.

5/16/2017

Several public schools in New Mexico, including Las Cruces High School, are trying to tackle teen's sleep deprivation problems by providing napping pods for their students. While the Las Cruces school pods were bought to remedy sleep deprivation, it also turns out to be good for anger and stress.

5/16/2017

Teachers in municipalities with lower populations earn significantly less than their counterparts in larger communities. To use a sports analogy, rural districts act as a farm system for the bigger ones. Under a proposal, school districts would still make their own hires, but the state would pay their salaries based on a negotiated statewide contract.

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