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Education funding debate brings up issues of rural versus urban funding

Once the Alaska Legislature has increased the per-student state allocation, the next step is to look again at the quality of rural school education. We need to find ways to permanently improve the disparity between rural and urban schools.

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"Free" cloud services erode student privacy

The rush to get student data into the cloud has not been accompanied by careful attention to student privacy. Any legislative fix should set rules for how student data is transmitted, stored and secured.

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Keenan creates physical and sexual abuse prevention resource

Keenan has created an initiative designed to help California public schools provide a safe environment for children to learn and prosper. The new Keenan Physical and Sexual Abuse Prevention Resource Center will offer a range of tools and training courses, at no cost, that districts can utilize.

Teachers and parents planning arts-focused school

Vision Quest Community School, a new teacher-led Rochester elementary school in New York, is being planned and created by a coalition of parents and teachers. Their proposal is for an arts-rich curriculum emphasizing active learning in long school days and providing a transition to the School of the Arts.

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West Virginia county picks superintendent from within

Raleigh County chose one of its own, Assistant Superintendent David Price, to lead the 30-school district as superintendent. He will replace Superintendent Jim Brown.

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Oklahoma City signs Robert R. Neu as new superintendent

Administrator Robert R. Neu has been chosen to lead Oklahoma’s largest school district. He is currently superintendent of Federal Way Public Schools in Washington, a 22,000-student district that is about half the size of Oklahoma City’s district.

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Washington law means new graduation requirements for seniors

A new law is getting rid of a 2008 state-mandated graduation requirement for seniors to complete a yearlong culminating project. However, local school boards will ultimately be allowed to decide whether to keep the senior project for the class of 2015 and beyond.

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International Baccalaureate program grows to five more Illinois schools

Chicago is adding the International Baccalaureate model to five more elementary and middle schools this fall. The expansion covers about 1,500 students and will provide updated art, science and library facilities and training for teachers and staff.

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Penn. district revises recovery plan after finding $11 million

Harrisburg revised its district recovery plan after finding $11 million in its coffers. As a result, employees will receive a payment covering the 5 percent salary cut taken this year and full-day kindergarten will continue. The tax increases originally anticipated when the district believed it was facing a $4.5 million deficit will not occur.

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Virginia county creates plan to up graduation rate

After reviewing graduation rates, Campbell County administrators realized a good number of students who were held back in elementary or middle school took the opportunity to legally leave school after they came of age. Plans to increase the graduation rate include a new junior high summer school program and high school credit classes at the middle school level.

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