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New fund created to back creating of K12 technology

NewSchools Venture Fund has launched NewSchools Ignite, an education technology accelerator that will support entrepreneurs tackling gaps in K12 education technology. Its first initiative will be focused on science and engineering technologies and digital tools that enhance science learning.

Why your kids hate school

If kids ask you why they have to learn Algebra 2, how many of you can give a productive answer? Not most of us. If a student cannot see how something is applicable to their lives, they tune out. The Burbank school system is trying out a program this year dedicated to showing students how math actually applies to life.

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Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools selects new blended learning provider

North Carolina’s second-largest school district has selected Edgenuity as the district’s primary online and blended learning solution. Edgenuity will provide access to its full curriculum and offer blended learning, instructional services, initial credit and credit recovery to the district’s 78 secondary schools.

Wonder Workshop streamlines coding instruction through touch app

To support educators in teaching basic coding skills, Wonder Workshop developed a new version of its Blockly touch app. Through drag-and-drop programming and diverse puzzles, the app’s new content brings coding to life during STEM instruction.

Common Core for college readiness

The assumption that disadvantaged students will go to college underprepared doesn't have to be the norm. While it's too early to definitively state whether or not the Common Core is improving student achievement, early adopters are showing great promise.

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North Carolina budget gridlock hurts schools

The delay in getting a budget approved isn’t just a problem of political dysfunction. It has serious consequences for funding public education. Local school leaders have no firm idea of how many teachers or support staff they can hire or if teaching assistants will be covered until the level of state funding is set.

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Saginaw School Board hires new superintendent

Members from the Michigan district voted to hire Nathaniel McClain as the new superintendent. He’s a former principal at Arthur Hill high school and is currently the assistant superintendent.

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David Young named lone finalist for Abilene ISD superintendent

The Texas district has named the Pampa ISD superintendent as its only finalist. David Young previously served as Midway ISD's assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction.

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Ousted Selma USD superintendent to lead another California district

Mark Sutton, who was dismissed as Selma USD superintendent earlier this year, is now superintendent at Central USD. He replaces superintendent Mike Berg, who is retiring after spending about a decade in administration.

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R.I. education’s biggest battle is playing out at one school

Three districts are embroiled in a court battle over the opening of a new charter school in Woonsocket in what is shaping up to become a major flashpoint in the state’s ongoing battle over education reform.

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