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6/6/2014

6/6/2014

Many schools across the country are experimenting with student-run banks; Union Bank and Capital One are two of the biggest. The Office of the Comptroller of the Currency is also considering a special designation for school branches, which could pave the way for more.

6/6/2014

A survey on the financial health of Pennsylvania’s 500 school districts found that one in seven planned to furlough teachers next year — on top of 23,000 teachers and staff already furloughed between 2010 and 2012. Many districts also planned to cut academic programs and extracurricular programs, including sports.

6/6/2014

Nearly all of the 26,411 preK seats in either full- or half-day programs have have been matched with applicants. However, parents may discover their children were matched with their fifth or even their 12th choice. About one-third of children who applied were not matched at all. Compared with last year, 35 percent more families have applied.​

6/6/2014

Gov. Neil Abercrombie has approved capital improvement projects at Hawaii's public schools totaling $87.1 million. The money will go toward repair and maintenance, classroom cooling and campus portables, among other projects. More than $36 million of the funding will be used to repair and upgrade school facilities.

6/6/2014

The latest school bus inspections by the Missouri State Highway Patrol show nearly one-fifth of Missouri's buses are not safe. Of the nearly 12,000 buses inspected by troopers, 405 buses failed inspections for various reasons, including bad brakes and tires, exhaust problems and even signaling defects.

6/6/2014

Califone has updated its wired PresentationPro speaker. The updates are aligned with Common Core and include an additional 3.5mm input, refined remote control and greater compatibility with tripods.

6/6/2014

Alachua County Public Schools has chosen Owen Roberts as its new superintendent. Roberts most recently served for seven years as St. Lucie County Schools' associate superintendent of curriculum and accountability before retiring in 2012.

6/6/2014

The superintendent of the Walla Walla School District has announced his resignation to accept an assistant superintendent position with Northeast Washington Educational Service District 101 in Spokane. Miller was the superintendent of the Deer Park School District in Deer Park, Wash., for six years prior to coming to Walla Walla.

6/6/2014

To supplement special education services in Louisiana, the state’s Supplemental Course Academy has added PresenceLearning’s online speech and occupational therapy services to its course catalog. Students can register for year- or semester-long services to receive speech and occupational therapy funded through their Supplemental Course Allocation.

6/6/2014

West Bolivar CSD has hired Pallascene Cole, who currently serves as West Tallahatchie School District's leader, as its new superintendent. The hiring of new superintendents for North and West Bolivar CSDs is a result of the Mississippi Legislature's decision to reduce the number of school districts in Bolivar County.

6/6/2014

Achieve has launched Student Assessment Inventory for School Districts, an audit tool which will enable district leaders to take stock of how many assessments are administered throughout a school year and for what purposes they give assessments.

6/6/2014

By July 1, school districts throughout California will be submitting not only a budget but also their Local Control Accountability Plan to their county offices of education for approval. This is the first time for such a requirement and represents a monumental change in the way California funds and monitors the work of local school districts.

6/6/2014

More than $9 million in grant funding will be spread across 250 schools and districts in Indiana through the Secured School Safety Grant Program. Recipients will receive up to $50,000 to help maintain or upgrade the schools' security.

6/6/2014

A bill requiring Illinois high school students to get trained on how to operate mobile defibrillators and to learn cardiopulmonary resuscitation was signed by Gov. Pat Quinn. The measure requires that all secondary schools in Illinois train students on how to properly administer CPR and how to use a defibrillator. The law will be effective for the 2014-2015 school year.

6/6/2014

More kids eat school meals when salad bars are added, according to an evaluation by the “Let’s Move Salad Bars to Schools” program that provides free salad bars to schools. The evaluation found that 57 percent of schools reported an increase in meal participation while 27 percent of schools reported an increase in labor hours after the addition of the salad bars.

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