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Discovery Communications to produce My Brother's Keeper program

Discovery Communications plans to invest more than $1 million to produce and air a TV special and host town hall meetings, led by Discovery Education, to support the My Brother’s Keeper initiative. The White House program seeks to improve the expected life outcomes of boys and men of color while simultaneously altering public perception of them through public-private partnerships.

GCA Education Services awarded Idaho district’s custodial services contract

GCA Education Services, a division of GCA Services Group, Inc., signed a five-year contract with Blackfoot School District #55 to provide custodial services for its 15 facilities, which encompass over 780,000 square feet of space.

Amazon launches third original kids series Annedroids

Annedroids, Amazon's newest original children's series, is now available for unlimited streaming on Prime Instant Video at no additional cost to Prime members. Aimed at children aged four through seven, Annedroids is a live-action adventure series that spotlights how STEAM can inspire children to do great things.

DecisionEd chosen by Texas district

DecisionEd has entered into an agreement with Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205 to implement a data warehouse solution for data management, analytics and reports.

If You Can Company's iPad game teaches emotional life skills

If You Can Company released a parent dashboard that is now available along with the iPad game, IF…game. Created for children ages 6 - 12, the app is a chapter-based adventure game that helps children learn social and emotional skills.

International Space Station and National Geographic Learning team up for science education

The Center for the Advancement of Science in Space and National Geographic Learning are developing a science education initiative designed to engage young learners in STEM education. The programming will deliver content related to space travel and space-based research in a model designed for elementary science classrooms.

Miami Dade County gives nod to a new school budget

Miami-Dade County School Board members gave preliminary approval to a $2.9 billion general fund budget and slightly lower tax rate. Included in the budget is funding for new initiatives, such as providing digital textbooks and mobile tablets for students.

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Georgia releases new school 'growth' data

New school data released this week is intended to give the public a new look at how Georgia schools are performing. Designed to show how much students at each school learn in a year, regardless of whether they passed state tests, it’s part of a shift away from grading schools almost entirely on pass/fail rates on tests.

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Pennsylvania court ruling clears way for charter schools to expand

A Commonwealth Court ruling could pave the way for charter schools outside Philadelphia to expand their operations and take on more students. Current state law allows charter schools in Philadelphia to operate at multiple locations, but it limits all other charter schools to single locations.

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N.H. superintendent chosen to lead Connecticut district

The Sterling Board of Education chose Brenda Needham as its new superintendent. Needham is currently the superintendent at the Rivendell Interstate School District in New Hampshire.

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