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2/15/2017

2/15/2017

Learning A-Z and Northwest Evaluation Assocation announced a partnership correlating Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) growth assessments to Raz-Plus and Reading A-Z reading resources. The new correlations enable teachers to identify appropriate instructional resources that address specific skills from the MAP Learning Continuum.

2/15/2017

At 69 percent, the graduation rate of Washington, D.C.'s public schools system is well below the national average. In a move that mirrors a broader national conversation about how to help kids who have many obstacles, the district put “pathway coordinators” into its schools to make sure kids at risk of dropping out get a diploma—and to help students who’ve gotten off track rebound.

2/15/2017

Ohio schools dole out up to 36,000 suspensions to elementary students each year—a number that stunned a lawmaker into seeking a ban on many suspensions and expulsions. A legislator wants to ban suspensions and expulsions for students in the third grade or younger—except for cases in which a student threatens to harm himself or his peers.

2/15/2017

Through a new collaboration with Discovery Education, Flint Community Schools educators teaching grades K8 districtwide can now accelerate the creation of authentic digital classrooms by integrating Discovery Education’s Science Techbook into classroom instruction. Educators at two district schools will also take part in STEMFormation.

2/14/2017

2/14/2017

Low-performing schools should be exempt from the state's academic calendar laws, a new report from the General Assembly's Program Evaluation Division says. The report acknowledges the long-running conflicts over when school should start and end between those seeking to preserve summer vacations and education leaders seeking flexibility.

2/14/2017

Former Adlai E. Stevenson High School District 125 Superintendent Richard DuFour has passed away after a long battle with cancer. Throughout his 40-year career, DuFour worked as a public school teacher, principal and superintendent. DuFour also was recognized as one of the leading authorities on helping schools implement the Professional Learning Communities at Work process.

2/14/2017

The Lakota Local school board chose Matt Miller, the superintendent of Mentor Schools, as its next superintendent. He will take over from Acting Superintendent Robb Vogelmann, who took on the role after former Superintendent Karen Mantia was granted medical leave by the board.

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.

2/14/2017

National Geographic Learning has partnered with Precision Exams to offer industry-recognized certifications for high school students in career and technical education programs. They can now earn credentials in more than 170 courses, including health science, building, agriscience, nutrition, welding, travel and more.

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