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2/14/2017

2/14/2017

The Chicago school system is overpaying by as much as $10 million for its new fleet of for-profit alternative schools for dropouts, according to an audit analysis. The school system pays these half-day schools based on enrollment, but a recent audit found that just 44 percent of their 3,000 enrolled students are coming to class.

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.

2/13/2017

2/13/2017

It's a policy that could be set by local school boards, but Mississippi lawmakers are taking matters into their own hands. A bill that passed the state House says students must be allowed to drink water on school buses.

2/13/2017

State officials led an audit to see whether graduates were fulfilling the state's graduation requirements. One in three were not.That revelation came from a report that was meant to explore why so many Tennessee students are having trouble in college. Officials are looking into making it harder for students to get a waiver that allows them to bypass foreign language requirements.

2/13/2017

A state report has found Hartford public schools failed to adequately respond to child abuse and neglect allegations over nearly a decade. The nine-month review outlined the fact that employees repeatedly accused of misconduct were often allowed to remain on the job for months or even years.

2/13/2017

School administrators across Florida say it’s increasingly difficult to find teachers, in part because fewer students are graduating from state universities with education degrees. The number of Florida university students graduating with education degrees has fallen since 2006 by nearly 5,000, while public-school enrollment has grown, topping 2.8 million this year.

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.

2/13/2017

A single letter grade is not an adequate reflection nor does it provide enough information to evaluate a school because the criteria for calculating a grade focuses on only a few core subjects. A school may have excellent music, art, athletic, AP or IB offerings along with other outstanding programs that are not considered in the formulation of the letter grade.

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