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Ten JPS bus drivers picketed on N. West Avenue between Monroe and North streets at around 12:30 p.m. on Wednesday, June 5. Another picket is planned for a similar time on Thursday, June 6 on Wildwood Avenue in front of the JPS administration offices, said Lori Grantham, a bus driver and vice president of the Jackson Education Support Personnel union, which represents bus drivers.
The Tulsa school board on Monday approved a series of facility-repurposing proposals and boundary changes for 2013-14, including the creation of a McLain seventh-grade center and a centralized enrollment center.
The Lewis School (Princeton, N.J.), which is pioneering the appropriate use of technology for dyslexic and learning-different students, received a $40,000 grant for its technology initiative, from the Roma Bank Community Foundation.
The Akron Digital Academy, started by the Akron public school system in 2002 to capture some of the students leaving to study online, will no longer be associated with the public school system due to a change in the law that prohibits sponsors from sitting on the academy's board.
Four students in Maine had the chance to study shoreline organisms this past year thanks to a pilot program created by Vanderbilt University's Aspirnaut Program, which uses Skype to bring hands-on science experiments to rural classrooms in Arkansas, Maine, Montana, and Tennessee.
Petitions are circulating throughout the Muskegon Area Intermediate School District to get a 1-mill school technology tax on the September ballot. Organizers of the petition drive have until July 2 to collect 3,000 signatures from registered voters in the intermediate school district if they want a special election on Sept. 24.
Stronger-than-expected tax collections have left the state with an extra $300 million that could even grow before the fiscal period closes June 30. That is allowing the state to fully replenish its reserves and pay down money it still owes local school districts.