News Update

People Watch: Carmen Fariña takes helm of New York City Public Schools

Also: Dana T. Bedden becomes superintendent of Richmond Public Schools in Virginia

Can improved curriculum boost lagging NAEP results?

Administrators are examining results in hopes of raising student achievement

Urban schools team up to serve greener, healthier lunches

Big districts banding together to buy biodegradable trays made of sugar cane

School nurse shortages grow as budgets shrink

Among nurses’ responsibilities is caring for the estimated 3 million children with food allergies

Old skills make a comeback for the youngest students

Common Core accelerates keyboarding instruction in elementary schools

People Watch: Jose Parra named superintendent at Irving ISD

Also: Michael McVey, superintendent of Steubenville City Schools in Ohio, was charged with three felony counts

What’s ahead for New York City charters?

Incoming mayor Bill de Blasio says he plans to charge charters rent for using public school buildings

Students create astronaut gear in NASA program

HUNCH, a NASA-funded program, partners space agency scientists with high schools and middle schools

Free tuition program sends students to college

Say Yes to Education fund supports services for students from kindergarten through 12th grade

Texas teachers lose merit pay, but gain competitive grant

Teachers unions have supported elimination of the merit program

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