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5/27/2014

5/27/2014

If you could change the education system today, what would you create? Where would you start? Doesn't it seem logical to start by studying what the top performers in education do? Only when the United States does this, and learns the right lessons from these countries' practices, will the era of education reform truly arrive.

5/27/2014

The Tenino School District has picked a new chief educator. Joe Belmonte, the current assistant superintendent specializing in elementary education at the Lacey-based North Thurston School District, will start July 1 as the district's superintendent. Belmonte will replace Russ Pickett, who resigned to become the superintendent of an Oregon district.

5/27/2014

Craig Ross, who has served as Robertsdale High School principal since 2011, has been selected by the Cullman County School System as its first appointed superintendent. Ross will replace retiring superintendent Billy Coleman.

5/27/2014

The Virginia city's school board has hired David S. Gaston as its new superintendent of schools beginning July 1. He has spent the last 10 years as the head of the Department of Accountability, Quality, and Innovation in the Williamsburg-James City County school systems.

5/27/2014

Glenn "Max" McGee has been offered the Palo Alto district's superintendent position. He is currently head of school at the Princeton Institute for Mathematics and Science, an educational start-up that he spearheaded in the last year with the backing of a Chinese foundation.

5/27/2014

For all the effort and money poured into school reform, Indiana is simply not making enough progress. Only about 10 percent of children from low-income families eventually graduate from a four-year university. We’re at severe risk of developing a nearly permanent underclass in our state, one with few opportunities for upward mobility.

5/23/2014

5/23/2014

The House Appropriations Subcommittee on Agriculture just rolled back major steps toward a healthier school lunch. This is a travesty that puts the health of our children and their children at stake. We all need to push back on this and make the health of our children our primary goal, not the health of big business or even the bottom line of school food service operations.

5/23/2014

Lexington 2 School Board members settled on a $225 million plan for new schools and renovations. The package – the first improvements sought for classrooms since 2002 – will go to voters for approval November 4. It includes $93.2 million for new facilities and $91 million for renovations.

5/23/2014

The Pennsylvania district has appointed Jerri Lynn Lippert, chief academic officer of Pittsburgh Public Schools, as superintendent starting July 1. A replacement for retiring superintendent John DiSanti, she will become the first woman to head West Allegheny.

5/23/2014

At the end of June, nearly a third of Vermont's 60-something superintendents are leaving their posts. That is cause for concern if you ask Vermont's secretary of education, Rebecca Holcombe. "If this was a business, and you had 30 percent turnover every year, you'd think it was a crisis," she says.

5/23/2014

Kregg A. Cuellar, the chief schools officer of Des Moines Public Schools, has been named the next superintendent of Virginia's Accomack County Public Schools. He replaces Bruce Benson, who left the county this spring after 33 months in the job to become superintendent in Stafford County.

5/23/2014

MindPlay, Inc. introduced a new upgraded version of its reading curriculum for grades K12, MindPlay Virtual Reading Coach (MVRC). All stories within the web-based MVRC are also now assigned Lexile ratings by MetaMetrics.

5/23/2014

Six elementary schools in Broward County received a federal grant to start the district's first museum-themed magnet program. Each school had to develop its own STEM magnet program while incorporating project-based learning and the concepts of a museum.

5/23/2014

By acknowledging and respecting that relationships are crucial to creating positive learning environments—and that this relationship-building must not be limited to the classroom—Oakland USD has embarked upon what could be one of the most effective school reform models to date.

5/23/2014

A proposal that would drastically change the way Illinois public schools has been amended to also limit the amount of funding some schools would lose under the plan. A Senate panel agreed to cap the amount of funding schools would lose under a new need-based funding formula at $1,000 per student.

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