Thursday - October 19, 2017
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State Transportation Department's Keep Virginia Moving Campaign Will Be a Work of Art for Local Students This Winter
ALBEMARLE COUNTY, Va., Oct. 18 -- Albemarle County Public Schools issued the following news:

An unusual art project will find its way along neighborhood streets this winter at the sign of the first snowfall. That's when six snow plows from the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) will take to local roads adorned with the imaginative talents of Albemarle County Public Schools art students.

The Paint-a-Plow program is part of the transportation department's community partnership initiatives, which also include career days and high school driver education classes. The program began when ... Show Full Article

PGCPS and Sprint Launch 1Million Project to Connect Nearly 3,000 High School Students in 2017-2018 School Year
UPPER MARLBORO, Md., Oct. 18 -- Prince George's County Public Schools issued the following news release:

Prince George's County Public Schools (PGCPS) and Sprint (NYSE: S) today announced that nearly 3,000 high school students will receive the equipment and connectivity they need to complete their schoolwork from home as part of the 1Million Project.

The 2017-2018 school year marks the first year of the initiative with more 180,000 students in 1,300 schools across 30 states. Every year over the next five years, hundreds of thousands of high schoolers who lack internet access at home will join ... Show Full Article

Magnets Perform Well on State Assessments for Third Consecutive Year
LOS ANGELES, Oct. 18 -- The Los Angeles Unified School District issued the following news release:

L.A. Unified's popular magnet centers and schools outperformed independent charters by double-digit margins for the third consecutive year on California's standardized assessments, and also beat statewide averages on the rigorous math and English tests, according to a new District analysis.

The report from the Office of Data and Accountability shows that 60 percent of magnet students met or exceeded standards in English-language arts (ELA), compared with 46 percent for independent charters. On the ... Show Full Article

Edison Academy to Host Annual Apprenticeship and Skilled Workforce Career Fair Nov. 16
FALLS CHURCH, Va., Oct. 18 -- Fairfax County Public Schools issued the following news release:

To encourage interest among high school students and recent graduates in the in-demand skilled trades, Edison Academy and co-sponsor Wegmans Food Markets, Inc. will host the third annual Apprenticeships and Skilled Workforce Career Fair on Thursday, November 16, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Edison High School lecture hall. The fair will coincide with National Apprenticeship Week.

Fairfax County high school students, recent graduates, and their parents are invited to attend this free event to meet Northern ... Show Full Article

CPS Board of Education Names Timmons to Board
CINCINNATI, Oct. 18 -- Cincinnati Public Schools issued the following news release:

Today Cincinnati Public School District Board of Education unanimously voted to select Mr. Lannis J. Timmons of Cincinnati to serve on the Board through December 31, 2019. Timmons was appointed to serve the remainder of the term formerly held by Mr. A. Chris Nelms, who passed away in September.

"As a former teacher and coach within Cincinnati Public Schools, Mr. Timmons brings a strong background in education and leadership to the Board," said Ericka Copeland-Dansby, President of the Cincinnati Public School District ... Show Full Article

APS Recognized for Award-Winning Budget
ARLINGTON, Va., Oct. 18 -- The Arlington Public Schools issued the following news release:

The Association of School Business Officials International (ASBO) awarded Arlington Public Schools with the Meritorious Budget Award (MBA) during the 2017-18 budget year. This is the ninth consecutive year that APS has received this award.

The MBA promotes and recognizes excellence in school budget presentation and is conferred only to school districts whose budgets have undergone a rigorous review by professional reviewers and have met or exceeded the program's stringent criteria.

By applying for the ... Show Full Article

2017 MCAS Data Shows District's 10th-Grade Students Continue to Make Improvements in Math
BOSTON, Oct. 18 -- Boston Public Schools issued the following news:

Efforts to develop more rigorous teaching practices within the Boston Public Schools (BPS) have helped raise the number of 10th-grade students scoring proficient or advanced in MCAS mathematics tests to an all-time high, according to data released today by the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE).

The 2017 MCAS results show that the proportion of BPS 10th-graders scoring proficient or advanced in math climbed to 67 percent, an increase of one percentage point above the previous year and eight ... Show Full Article