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5/13/2014

5/13/2014

Timothy F. Connellan was appointed as the new superintendent for Southington School District's 11 schools. He has been Oxford’s superintendent since 2012 and before that was the superintendent of Bethany schools.

5/13/2014

The Justice Department should be commended for reaffirming the rights of all children to access public education. The goal of U.S. school districts should not be to intimidate potential students, but to welcome and educate them.

5/13/2014

Elgin Area School District U-46 will again be considering boundary changes, and perhaps even closings, as student enrollment declines in some elementary schools, while others are increasingly overcrowded. A report found that 10 elementary schools are underutilized while two are over capacity, with more than 95 percent utilization.

5/13/2014

Next year, schools could hold a limited number of food fundraisers during the school day. The proposal before the Kansas Board of Education would allow each organization within a school to hold one fundraiser per semester that features foods or beverages that do not meet the federal nutrition guidelines.

5/13/2014

Facing a looming deadline, Missouri lawmakers began meeting to work on legislation that would revise a school transfer law requiring struggling schools to pay for students to enroll elsewhere. The Senate and House each have approved their own versions of the measure, but both chambers must approve the same version.

5/13/2014

Oversight of charter schools in Pennsylvania is "a mess," state Auditor General Eugene DePasquale has concluded. To help clean it up, DePasquale is calling for creating an independent charter oversight board, restoring charter reimbursements for school districts, and requiring the state to pick up the tab for cyber charter schools.

5/13/2014

Arlington school officials, with passage of the district’s $663 million bond package, aren’t the only ones coming off a win. Across Texas, voters approved 84 percent of the $6.2 billion in bond packages on ballots in local elections this past week, according to initial results.

5/13/2014

The University of California, Irvine's STEM University Preparation Program (STEM UPP) is a set of online modules designed to help newly admitted undergraduate students and high school students entering their senior year prepare for the academic rigor of university-level STEM studies.

5/13/2014

Minneapolis Public Schools and Houston Independent School District have selected itslearning's cloud-based learning platform to optimize, support and expand personalized learning and instructional experiences for the combined student populations of more than 240,000 students.

5/12/2014

5/12/2014

Long Island's 124 school districts have proposed some of the lowest spending and tax hikes in recent history for the 2014-2015 academic year. Spending across Nassau and Suffolk counties would rise 2.27 percent — the second-smallest average increase since 1996.

5/12/2014

Florida lawmakers passed a bill putting school districts in charge of choosing school books and curriculum. They also are required to develop a policy where parents can object to his or her child's instructional material.

5/12/2014

The Success and Opportunity through Quality Charter Schools Act passed the House, just hours after it also passed a bill to expand education research programs. The act would streamline two existing charter school programs, combine grants to open new schools and renovate facilities, and ask for $50 million more in annual charter school funding, bringing the total to $300 million.

5/12/2014

Besides the questionable expense, a downtown stadium likely would erode community support for athletic events. Though Des Moines is a large city by Iowa standards, sports events at local schools make their neighborhoods feel like small towns. It should keep that feeling.

5/12/2014

Three more schools could be added to the growing list of those designated as innovation schools within Massachusetts. They will each receive a $75,000 fellowship grant that will enable the schools during the next year to establish a plan to open new innovation schools within their district.

5/12/2014

One bill would limit out-of-school suspensions to no more than three days for student behavior that doesn't endanger teachers or other students. The other bill would require school officials to be more transparent in reporting suspensions and more consistent in the way they mete out discipline.

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