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Future of Privacy Forum launches student privacy resource website

The Future of Privacy Forum unveiled a new resource website, FerpaSherpa.org, which will provide parents, school officials, policymakers and service providers access to laws, standards and guidelines to better understand student privacy issues.

New back-to-school templates offered at TemplateHaven.com

TemplateHaven.com has a new collection of back-to-school templates available. Several student fundamentals are included in the new collection of academic templates, such as 2014-2015 school calendars and weekly planners. For teachers and administrators, gradebooks, field trip permission forms, student of the month templates and more are also included.

Spellex releases new type font for those with dyslexia

Spellex Corporation announced the DysLex font for dyslexia as the newest addition to their line of speech recognition and spell checking software for the learning disabled. Every letter in the DysLex character set is graphically designed with attributes that eliminate or greatly reduce the difficulty in character interpretation.

Sprite Kids introduces Speaktacular Sight Words

Sprite Kids launched Speaktacular Sight Words, which is available exclusively for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch, as an app that allows kindergarten through third grade children to use their own voices to recognize and properly pronounce words from three unique word lists critical to reading development.

Florida's education department received $1.5 billion from state lottery

The state lottery made a record-breaking $5.4 billion in fiscal year 2014. $1.5 billion of those dollars were contributed to the state's education budget.

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Louisiana to proceed immediately with national Common Core tests

Education Superintendent John White said that Louisiana's public elementary and middle schools will immediately proceed with plans to use a new, national Common Core test for English and mathematics. His statement comes shortly after a Baton Rouge judge lifted the state administration's freeze of a key testing contract.

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Despite concerns, school board confirms Utah interim superintendent

The state school board voted to officially appoint Joel Coleman as interim state superintendent despite objections about his wife’s pending lawsuit against education officials and his lack of public school teaching experience. Coleman is currently superintendent of the Utah Schools for the Deaf and the Blind.

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Mobile County system rolls out state's first propane autogas bus fleet

The Alabama district has purchased 30 buses that will use propane autogas instead of diesel fuel. The Blue Bird Propane Vision buses, which use Rousch CleanTech autogas fuel systems, are projected to reduce the system's fuel and maintenance costs.

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New York district ends search for new school superintendent

A new superintendent has been selected to head the Monticello Central School District just ahead of current Superintendent Daniel Teplesky’s scheduled retirement. Tammy Mangus, the district's current assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction, will be the next superintendent.

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U.S. Department of Education projects public schools will be ‘majority-minority’ this fall

It’s not certain that minorities will become the majority this fall in the nation’s classrooms because government enrollment data — as opposed to enrollment projections — won’t be available for a few years. Altered projections can throw off landmark demographic moments.

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