Charter school drone program gives kids hands-on STEM

By   /  February 9, 2016  /  Education, Education Blog, Massachusetts  /  No Comments

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Lawrence Family Development Charter School in Massachusetts has a new after-school program: the Drone Instruction Club. Open to seventh and eighth graders, this six-week program gives students experience in technology that’s in the news, while focusing on STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) curriculum. “There’s technology that exists for you to use for a multitude […]

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Education bills still alive halfway through Hoosier legislative session

By   /  February 9, 2016  /  Education, Education Blog, Indiana  /  No Comments

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Halfway through the 2016 legislative session, a host of education-related bills that have passed either the Indiana House or Senate are moving to the other chamber. The House has passed bills on teacher recruitment and pay, diploma options and testing. Other education measures still alive include charter school legislation and a cursive handwriting requirement. For a […]

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Legislative analyst endorses cross-district choice in California

By   /  February 9, 2016  /  California, Education, Education Blog  /  No Comments

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Forty-seven California school districts have opened their doors to students zoned for other districts in a school choice program that could expire next year. Although the District of Choice program is set to sunset in June 2017, the state Legislative Analyst’s Office has issued a report recommending that it be extended another five years. “We think […]

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Colorado students share what they want in education

By   /  February 9, 2016  /  Colorado, Education, Education Blog  /  No Comments

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Chalkbeat Colorado asked six high school students how lawmakers could make their schools better. Sophomore Brittany Gonzales spoke about helping school districts attract and hire great teachers. Emily Cotner, a junior, would like later start times in high schools. Senior Jessica Lopez would like to see an earlier start on college preparation. Three students made suggestions for […]

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Study shows Chicago is embracing school choice

By   /  February 8, 2016  /  Education, Education Blog, Illinois  /  No Comments

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In Chicago, roughly half of all students attend the school for which they are zoned. But at the high school level, that number drops to 27 percent, a sign that Windy City families are embracing school choice. Chicago: A Choice District, from the Illinois Network of Charter Schools (INCS), illustrates that choice has had a significant impact […]

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