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Atlanta Public Schools selects Scenario Learning's SafeSchools system

Scenario Learning announced that Atlanta Public Schools has adopted the SafeSchools Online Staff Training System to help increase staff and student safety throughout the district's 105 buildings. Nearly 7,000 staff members will now have access to hundreds of online courses covering school safety topics.

Tutor.com acquires The Princeton Review

IAC announced that its Tutor.com business has signed an agreement to acquire The Princeton Review from Charlesbank Capital Partners. Services of the combined company are expected to be offered to consumers primarily under The Princeton Review brand with Tutor.com used for certain institutional clients.

Teaching evolution compromise reached in South Carolina

How evolution is taught in South Carolina was debated once again, despite the Department of Education's June announcement that it was moving forward with the state's 2005 biology standards. A panel voted this week on a change to the state's biology standards touted as a compromise that would encourage a discussion among students with the topic of evolution.

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Lexington 2 district names Tom Siler as superintendent

Tom Siler is the new superintendent of the South Carolina district's 16 schools. His selection as superintendent-elect was announced last week, setting the stage for him to assume oversight of classrooms in mid-2015.

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School board picks Tom DeKeyser as superintendent in Michigan

Whitmore Lake High School Principal Tom DeKeyser will be the district's next superintendent as of January 1, 2015. Superintendent Kim Hart is retiring from the district in December after a 33-year career in education and seven years in the role.

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Marty Crawford chosen as Texas district's lone finalist

Tyler ISD has named Marty Crawford as the lone finalist for its open superintendent position. He has served as the superintendent of schools for the West ISD for six years.

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Task force needed now to address Pa.'s education funding problems

The state’s unfunded liability in its two major public pension systems, those that cover government employees as well as public school teachers, is an economic nightmare. It’s been a ticking time bomb for more than a decade. Now it’s about to explode, wreaking havoc on school budgets across the Commonwealth and leaving school districts — and in turn property owners — holding the bill.

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Boston schools go too far with audio surveillance of school buses

Boston's school department has offered no evidence that incidents of bullying or other misbehavior have increased enough to warrant audio and video surveillance of students on school transportation. Yet the school system is equipping its 750 yellow school buses with microphones and cameras. It’s an initiative that unnecessarily infringes on private conversations.

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Missouri school gets $100,000 for sustainable center

Rockwood Summit High School will launch a new center to help students better understand renewable resources and further achieve in math and science. The Monsanto Education Center for Sustainable Solutions, which will be housed on the high school's campus, will allow students to plant crops and see how corn and soybeans become renewable sources for fuel.

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Plaintiffs sought for school funding lawsuit in Mississippi

A group of lawyers including former Gov. Ronnie Musgrove is traveling around Mississippi trying to get school districts to sign up for lawsuits against the state. The group is seeking payment of the $1.5 billion that the state had underfunded its K12 school formula since fiscal 2010.

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