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2/8/2017

2/8/2017

Support among American high school students for the First Amendment is stronger today than it has been in the last 12 years, according to a large nationwide survey. Some 91 percent of high school students say they believe that individuals should be allowed to express unpopular opinions.

2/8/2017

Senate Bill 34 not only pushes Ohio schools to begin after Labor Day, it also includes an option for families within a school district wishing to bypass that time frame.

2/8/2017

Of all the legislation Indiana lawmakers are expected to address this year, expanding background checks on school employees should be near the top of the list. In the past, there has been weak mandatory reporting of teacher misconduct and very little information available online about teacher disciplinary actions and teachers’ misconduct not being shared with other states.

2/8/2017

Follett has formed a partnership with New Zealand-based Wendy Pye Publishing to provide more than 300 fiction and nonfiction titles for K2 classrooms. Pye’s company introduced Sunshine Classics in the U.S. in the 1980s, and the popular reading program has been revived with updated print options for learners and educators.

2/8/2017

There’s plenty of evidence that cellphones are detrimental to academic achievement, particularly for students who are less advantaged to begin with. But it’s clear that allowing cellphones in schools has made what is an already difficult environment much worse. Heavy cellphone use is not only correlated with bullying; it’s correlated with being bullied.

2/8/2017

To be sure, innovative school design models will not automatically translate into increased gains in student learning. But we cannot continue to ignore the significant limitations of traditional school buildings. Touting the benefits of student collaboration becomes empty rhetoric if we do not also intentionally work to establish collaborative learning spaces.

2/8/2017

After not being able to find a solution that fit Denton ISD’s needs for deploying mobile devices in the classroom, LocknCharge and the district collaborated to create the Carrier 15 Charging Station. The mobile device carts will allow the school district to store, charge and deploy up to 20,000 mobile devices.

2/7/2017

2/7/2017

Leaders of a Union County middle school are considering offering single-gender classrooms as an idea to strengthen student engagement. Still in its early stages, the school is getting feedback on the proposal for upcoming seventh-graders and their parents.

2/7/2017

Indiana is one step closer to making the superintendent of public instruction an appointed office. Under the proposal, the appointed position would take effect January 2025 but the governor would like to see it take place four years sooner, in 2021.

2/7/2017

In a new stage of its collaboration with Discovery Education, educators in more than 20 Rapides Parish School District schools will now be empowered to support the district's transition to student-centered learning environments with Discovery Education’s digital social studies and science textbooks.

2/7/2017

High school student journalists, if they’re doing their work well, enjoy all the responsibilities and opportunities of professional reporters—except their work can be censored by school administrators in Washington state. The Washington Legislature should join 10 other states this year that rolled back that power and pass the editing pen back to student journalists.

2/7/2017

Louisiana's new public school report card has moved one step closer to prime time with the release of the state's latest proposal. It has two major changes. One-quarter of the grade for elementary and middle schools would come from students' growth on tests, not their absolute score. And 5 percent would measure the "interests and opportunities" a school provides to students.

2/7/2017

Mississippi senators want to raise the bar for school district chiefs but are not certain about doing the same for those who select them. The Senate approved a bill that would heighten requirements for superintendents but recommitted a measure that would have raised education qualifications for public school board members.

2/7/2017

The Huddle Space Collaboration Hub is an easy-to-implement device for one-to-one applications that facilitates the collaboration process in such a way that all members of the group are active participants. As it requires no network resources or software and does not interfere with the student’s wireless connection, the Huddle Space works well in many classroom applications.

2/7/2017

Next year, high school seniors in the state's public schools will be in a program that eventually will require all those who don’t meet criteria to take remedial courses. But when remedial courses become pretty standard for so many, legislators ought to be looking at what more can be done so that a diploma can be won in a standard amount of time.

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