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4/23/2014

4/23/2014
Keenan has created an initiative designed to help California public schools provide a safe environment for children to learn and prosper. The new Keenan Physical and Sexual Abuse Prevention Resource Center will offer a range of tools and training courses, at no cost, that districts can utilize.
4/23/2014
The rush to get student data into the cloud has not been accompanied by careful attention to student privacy. Any legislative fix should set rules for how student data is transmitted, stored and secured.
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.

4/22/2014

4/22/2014
There are many urban and rural children in New Jersey who are over age and under accredited and on their way to leaving school without a credential. Many of these young people have experienced trauma and are challenged by limited cognitive skills that restrict their ability to enter the workforce as it stands.
4/22/2014
Florida taxpayers have invested more than $27 billion to reduce class sizes with the expectation that smaller class sizes will result in improved student achievement. They have little to show for their investment.
4/22/2014
The Minnesota Safe and Secure Schools Act makes it clear that bullying on the web that affects the school, damages a student or staff and/or limits the ability of a student to learn in a safe and secure environment is included. Opposition is partly based on challenges to potential violation of individual freedom of speech.
4/22/2014
A new law is getting rid of a 2008 state-mandated graduation requirement for seniors to complete a yearlong culminating project. However, local school boards will ultimately be allowed to decide whether to keep the senior project for the class of 2015 and beyond.
4/22/2014
Vision Quest Community School, a new teacher-led Rochester elementary school in New York, is being planned and created by a coalition of parents and teachers. Their proposal is for an arts-rich curriculum emphasizing active learning in long school days and providing a transition to the School of the Arts.
4/22/2014
Although districts across New York will be asking voters to approve budgets with tax hikes, the state will send rebate checks to most property owners. The rebates will be paid only in districts that keep tax increases below a state-set tax cap of nearly 2 percent. Approximately 94 percent will stay under the cap.
4/22/2014
Beth Schiavino-Narvaez, a top administrator in Maryland's Montgomery County school system, has been named as Hartford's next superintendent. She is expected to succeed Superintendent Christina Kishimoto on July 1.
4/22/2014
After reviewing graduation rates, Campbell County administrators realized a good number of students who were held back in elementary or middle school took the opportunity to legally leave school after they came of age. Plans to increase the graduation rate include a new junior high summer school program and high school credit classes at the middle school level.
4/22/2014
A state school finance bill has been signed that will send millions of dollars to schools and end mandatory due process hearings before experienced teachers can be fired. It allocates $129 million to close gaps in the capital outlay fund and the local option budget fund.
4/22/2014
Administrator Robert R. Neu has been chosen to lead Oklahoma’s largest school district. He is currently superintendent of Federal Way Public Schools in Washington, a 22,000-student district that is about half the size of Oklahoma City’s district.
4/22/2014
Raleigh County chose one of its own, Assistant Superintendent David Price, to lead the 30-school district as superintendent. He will replace Superintendent Jim Brown.
4/22/2014
Harrisburg revised its district recovery plan after finding $11 million in its coffers. As a result, employees will receive a payment covering the 5 percent salary cut taken this year and full-day kindergarten will continue. The tax increases originally anticipated when the district believed it was facing a $4.5 million deficit will not occur.

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