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3/13/2014

3/13/2014

A higher number of Illinois school districts are in poor to dire financial shape, with 121 getting low or dismal ratings in the state’s annual financial report card for schools. That’s more than double the number of districts in the two lowest categories just two years ago.

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The 1995 law that created public charter schools is no longer sufficient. New Jersey and the nation have learned a great deal in 17 years about how to serve and support the children and families who rely on a charter education. Now is the time to update the state’s charter school law.

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Baltimore City is working to raise tuition again for students who live outside of the district but attend city schools. If it passes, it would be the largest increase in almost a decade and the third highest for non-resident students in Maryland.

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Proposed legislation in Harrisburg seeks to stop the unfettered flow of unfit educators. Senate Bill 46 would require districts to confidentially share certain information about teachers, closing loopholes that have allowed people unsuited for the classroom to move from job to job.

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Senate Bill 6552 would require most school districts to implement a 24-credit graduation standard starting with the class of 2019. A 24-credit diploma is something lawmakers identified as a goal five years ago, but never have required.

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Irving Burton Associates’ In Case of Crisis released its new 3.0 version in four editions–Corporate, Education, Hospitality and Government. The mobile emergency management product is available as an iOS and Android app and now includes incident reporting capabilities and a host of new data security features.

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Preschoolers can be smarter than college students at figuring out how unusual toys and gadgets work because they're more flexible and less biased than adults in their ideas about cause and effect, according to new research.

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Discovery Education and the White House announced that later this month First Lady Michelle Obama will lead U.S. students in a cultural exchange with their peers in China as part of the Of the People: Live from the White House Virtual Field Trip series. On March 25, Discovery Education will broadcast an interview between Mrs. Obama and an American student studying in China.

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New Jersey voters in 11 of 13 school districts with bond referendums this week approved $116.1 million of construction. The largest project, out of a total of $180 million proposed, failed. Voters in the Greater Egg Harbor Regional High School District rejected $37 million in renovations to three schools.

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The construction of 1500 solar arrays at three of Willows Unified School District's campuses was completed with little disruption to the schools. Officials hope the solar project will save the district an average of $300,000 a year on utility costs over the 25-to-30-year life of the panels.

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Parents may soon be able to freely pick their child’s public school for the next school year, regardless of neighborhood or school feeder pattern, thanks to a new proposal to open enrollment for all of Duval’s 117,000 public school students.

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The National Association of Secondary School Principals named three winners of its annual Digital Principals Award. The award program, which launched in 2011, recognizes principals’ successes in using technology to improve instruction, communication and student engagement.

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Courtesy of an $800,000 Department of Defense grant, two Lemoore Naval Air Station elementary schools have been able to build ‘Healthy Fitness’ indoor workout facilities with high-tech gaming systems designed to motivate and get kids moving.

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Snow days are melting away as schools increasingly take advantage of online curriculum to keep students learning virtually during weather closures.

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In this NPR special series, Women in Tech, women trailblazers speak about the advancements they're making in the tech world and share how they're mentoring young women and girls in computer science, and trying to get more girls interested in tech early on.

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