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A new resource version launched by Learning Bird

Learning Bird released a new 3.0 version designed to improve user experience for teachers, students and parents. The new version features enhanced homepages, including the debut of a “Popular Lessons” section that showcases lessons users have rated positively.

Corliss Kaiser set to retire as New York district's superintendent

Fayetteville-Manlius School Superintendent Corliss Kaiser announced that she will retire at the end of the 2014-2015 school year. Kaiser has spent 46 years working in education, including 10 as the district's superintendent.

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Victor Shandor chosen as Virginia district's superintendent

Victor Shandor, with more than 20 years of experience in public education, will take over as the new superintendent of York County School Division on November 1. The division has been without a permanent superintendent since July 1 when Eric Williams stepped down to take the top spot at Loudon County Public Schools.

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Indiana district picks Sam Watkins for top position

Sam Watkins, who served as the principal at Peru Junior High School for 13 years, became the new superintendent of Peru Community Schools. He replaces former superintendent Chuck Brimbury, who announced in June he wanted to resign.

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Truenorthlogic joins Digital Learning Alliance

Truenorthlogic, a talent management company for K12 school districts and state departments, has joined the Digital Learning Alliance to promote personalized education through technology and education reform.

SchoolReach and COPA partner to improve parent communications

SchoolReach and COPA have partnered to provide early childhood program administrators with a method of efficienctly communicating with parents, including rapidly sent voice, text, email and social media messages to students’ family members about any issue.

Six percent of Connecticut districts get an F in new report cards

Out of the 944 Connecticut public schools graded by the Connecticut Coalition for Achievement Now, 63 schools across the state have received failing grades in a new report card project issued by the organization.

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Lawsuit filed against Florida's voucher program

The state's largest school-voucher program, Tax-Credit Scholarship Program, is unconstitutional because it redirects taxpayer money to religious schools and creates a separate system of state-funded schools, according to a lawsuit filed by the teachers union and others.

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Education department rebukes Oklahoma for dropping Common Core

The U.S. Department of Education stripped Oklahoma of the authority to decide how to spend $29 million in education funding because the state abandoned Common Core standards. According to the administration, the No Child Left Behind Act-related sanctions are being imposed because the state could no longer demonstrate that its school standards were preparing students for college and careers.

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Survey finds widespread salad bar use

In a report called “State of School Nutrition 2014,” the School Nutrition Association reported that 63 percent of school districts report offering salad or produce bars, while 69 percent offer pre-packaged salads. The survey also found that 52 percent of districts surveyed serve locally sourced fruits and vegetables.

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