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4/23/2014

4/23/2014
While the efficiency benefits gained from using biometric technology can be useful, lawmakers are starting to look at restricting the technology’s use in K12 schools. Florida has legislation pending that would ban schools from collecting biometric data such as fingerprints and iris scans.
4/23/2014
Students are taking the new, year-end SAGE computer adaptive assessment that adapts to the skill level of an individual child. Hailed by educators as providing timely, precise results for use in classroom planning, it has also been coldly received by parents skeptical of its adaptive format and alignment with the Common Core.
4/23/2014
The Edwardsville district inked its second tech-related deal in recent years by approving a five-year, $600,000 purchase-lease agreement with American Capital for technology improvements. The deal includes replacing computers, servers and routers and upgrading the financial management and student database systems.
4/23/2014
Digital Learning Now!, a national initiative of the Foundation for Excellence in Education, which pushes to reform education and to improve technology, recently released a report card that grades K12 education policies in each of the nation’s 50 states. But the grades for some states are still failing or near failing.
4/23/2014
Utah’s school grading system would spread to colleges and universities, include more information and potentially drop controversial letter grades, under a proposal unveiled by the governor’s education adviser. The proposal aims to be more transparent and to show how schools are progressing toward state leaders’ education goals.
4/23/2014
As the U.S. economy improves, more high school graduates are choosing work over college, according to data released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The drop in college attendance among recent graduates appears concentrated among groups most likely to be deciding between going to school and joining the improving job market.
4/23/2014
A New York State Association of School Business Officials report shows that since 2010, about 30 school districts have studied merging but failed to complete the process for a variety of reasons. Gov. Andrew Cuomo has offered incentives to encourage districts and local governments to merge or share services to become more efficient.
4/23/2014
Philadelphia's charter school office is recommending that Walter D. Palmer Leadership Learning Partners Charter School's two campuses be shut down as of July 1. Problems include declining test scores, a $3 million general fund deficit and failure of its associated foundation to maintain its nonprofit status.
4/23/2014
A family is suing a New Jersey district and its superintendent, seeking to have the phrase "under God" removed from the Pledge of Allegiance. The lawsuit, filed by the undisclosed family and the American Humanist Association, claims that the practice of acknowledging God discriminates against atheists, in violation of the state's constitution.
4/23/2014
U.S. News released its 2014 Best High Schools rankings, analyzing more than 31,200 public high schools in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Dallas-based School for the Talented and Gifted claimed the title of the No. 1 public high school in the country for the third consecutive year.
4/23/2014
The state already struggles to graduate some of its students, particularly in poor, rural areas that also have the greatest transportation needs. That situation should not be compounded by a lack of school bus drivers. South Carolina also needs to take into account the age of its state-run school bus fleet.
4/23/2014
A statewide poll showed public support for using a formula to distribute state school funding. Education advocates say that a proposed commission to examine the issue is a critical first step. State funding for education is currently distributed with factors, weights and targets changing on an annual basis.
4/23/2014
Summer school is differing greatly from district to district in Connecticut. Some districts, like Newtown, offer more traditional remedial summer school courses, but others, including Danbury and Bethel, have expanded their offerings to include a Wilderness Survival course or classes that qualify students for more advanced courses in the fall.
4/23/2014
Once the Alaska Legislature has increased the per-student state allocation, the next step is to look again at the quality of rural school education. We need to find ways to permanently improve the disparity between rural and urban schools.
4/23/2014
Siemens announced nearly $660 million of in-kind software grants for manufacturing programs at vocational high schools, technical community colleges and universities throughout Massachusetts. Thirteen academic partners, including five public high schools, are receiving the grants to support curriculum and training programs.

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