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California school adopting gender-neutral bathrooms

The boys’ bathrooms and girls’ bathrooms will become just bathrooms at the first San Francisco school to go gender-neutral. Miraloma Elementary started removing signs from restrooms at the start of the school year, in part to acknowledge six to eight students who don’t fit traditional gender norms.

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Hunger strikers not appeased as Chicago promises to reopen high school

In an effort to put an end to a hunger strike and protests that have upended two public hearings this week, Chicago Public Schools announced that Dyett High School will open in the fall of next year as an "open enrollment, arts-focused neighborhood high school."

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Kentucky needs to find ways of serving transient children

Kentucky’s public schools have the nation’s highest percentage of students who are “homeless”. As the number of homeless students has ballooned, funding has not. That has left school systems scrambling for donations, cobbling together private funds to help feed, clothe and educate students without permanent shelter.

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Hazel Park Schools hire new superintendent

The Michigan district's administrative team has several new hires, now on board in time for the start of the school year. Amy Kruppe has been named as superintendent for Hazel Park School District.

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McKell Withers announces retirement

Salt Lake City School District Superintendent McKell Withers has announced his plan to retire at the end of the 2015-16 school year after holding the position for 13 years. He currently oversees the instruction of some 25,000 students in Utah's capital city.

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Texas district taps 5-year leader as next superintendent

An administrator at West Rusk County Consolidated ISD is scheduled to take over the district's top position when its chief retires in 2016. Assistant Superintendent Lawrence Coleman was the lone finalist for the superintendent job.

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How Newark schools will look with a more democratic concept of local control

Local control needs a growing period, and it will be most effective if it comes from the bottom and not the top. This requires a safe space for educators, parents and community members to be able to come up with ideas, and experiment with new education solutions. There also needs to be a fundamental guarantee of fair allocation of resources by the state.

AASA launches Aspiring Superintendents Academy

The program, currently limited to 30 individuals who work in Minnesota, focuses on developing a professional practice grounded on evidence-based knowledge, skills and dispositions resulting in certification and transition for participants into their first position as superintendent.

Sesame Workshop and HBO ink five-year partnership

The next five seasons of Sesame Street will now be available on HBO and its multiplex channels, HBO GO, HBO On Demand and the new internet-only SVOD service HBO NOW. Sesame Workshop will also be able to produce almost twice as much new content as previous seasons and, for the first time, make the show available free of charge to PBS and its member stations after a nine-month window.

California and Pennsylvania districts implement network solutions

Chico USD, comprised of 21 schools that serve over 12,000 students, brought in a Ruckus and Brocade wireless/wired network solution with over 400 Ruckus ZoneFlex indoor and outdoor access points. Pennsylvania's Souderton ASD has deployed a network solution across its nine schools, serving 6,500 students to support 1-to-1 Chromebook deployments.