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National Alliance Statement on Invest in America Act
WASHINGTON, July 3 -- The National Alliance for Public Charter Schools issued the following statement by President and CEO Nina Rees:

"We applaud the U.S. House of Representatives for acknowledging the significant infrastructure needs of the country, including the nation's public schools, by passing the Invest in America Act. In addition to proposing bold measures to ensure the safety of schools as they reopen after the coronavirus pandemic, this bill makes progress towards providing facilities funding and new financing options for charter schools.

Key provisions of the bill include:

* $100 ... Show Full Article

Mesa Public Schools Will Open August 4 With Remote Learning for All Students
MESA, Arizona, July 3 -- The Mesa Public Schools issued the following news:

In response to Governor Ducey's executive order issued June 29, Mesa Public Schools will begin the school year on August 4 with enhanced, structured remote learning for all students. Remote learning will continue until it is safe to provide modified or in-person instruction.

"This decision was not made lightly, however, we believe it is in the best interest of our students, families and staff," says Dr. Andi Fourlis, superintendent. "Along with the importance of continuing student learning, our community relies upon our ... Show Full Article

Boston Public Schools Partners With NWEA to Administer Exam School Admissions Test
BOSTON, Massachusetts, July 3 -- Boston Public Schools issued the following news:

On July 2, the Boston Public Schools (BPS) named NWEA as the vendor to administer the assessment for its three high schools that require an exam as one part of admissions criteria.

The "examination schools," Boston Latin Academy, Boston Latin School, and John D. O'Bryant School of Mathematics and Science, all serve students in grades 7-12. In February, BPS issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) for a new examination. The goal of the RFP was to ensure a fair test that is aligned to Massachusetts curriculum standards, ... Show Full Article

Indian River School District: District Conducting Needs Assessment Survey
SELBYVILLE, Delaware, July 2 -- The Indian River School District issued the following news:

The Indian River School District is seeking to understand how families and staff believe the district should use grant funding.

Therefore, IRSD is conducting a special Needs Assessment survey that enables all stakeholders to give input on how we should be using funds. Your responses to this simple 3-question survey will help us apply for and use funding to support community priorities.

The district has partnered with Hanover Research to administer and analyze this survey.

This study is for research purposes ... Show Full Article

Charter School Community Advisory Committee Will Meet Next Week to Discuss Its Recommendation of a New School Name
ALBEMARLE COUNTY, Virginia, July 2 -- Albemarle County Public Schools issued the following news:

The Community Advisory Committee, convened to recommend a name for the new charter school, will meet next Tuesday to reexamine its recommendation to Superintendent Dr. Matthew Haas that the new school should be named Rose Hill Community School.

The committee's decision to meet next week follows reports in the media that the land upon which the school is located once was the site of Rose Hill Plantation, which owned slaves. In fact, the plantation was owned by Thomas Jefferson and sold in 1800 to John ... Show Full Article

Arlington Public Schools: School Board Selects Monique O'Grady as Chair, Barbara Kanninen as Vice Chair
ARLINGTON, Virginia, July 2 -- The Arlington Public Schools issued the following news release:

At its July 1 organizational meeting, the Arlington School Board selected Monique O'Grady as School Board Chair for the 2020-21 school year. The School Board selected Dr. Barbara Kanninen as Vice Chair.

"Communication and collaboration are setting an important foundation as we prepare to reenter school this fall. We are stronger together, and these two actions will help us serve our students, families, and staff through these challenging times," said new School Board Chair Monique O'Grady.

On collaboration, ... Show Full Article

Neva Coakley-Grice Welcomed as New Chief of Safety Services for Boston Public Schools
BOSTON, Massachusetts, July 1 -- Boston Public Schools issued the following news:

Boston Public Schools (BPS) Superintendent Brenda Cassellius announced the appointment of Neva Coakley-Grice as the new Chief of Safety Services. Chief Coakley-Grice has spent her entire professional career working in Boston, starting as a Boston Police Officer in South Boston where she cherished her time working with students at the former Gavin Middle School and Tynan Elementary School, and has been a leader in community relations.

"Neva Coakley-Grice is a leader in our community who has a history of connecting ... Show Full Article