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Majority of Pa. school districts submit plans for increased funds

Ninety-two percent of school districts in the state have submitted plans outlining how they would spend their share of the proposed $400 million increase in basic education funding that Gov. Tom Wolf wants allocated to schools.

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Summer school cuts irk New York council members

Nearly 17,000 slots in summer programs for middle school students have been cut by the administration at the last minute, in some cases after parents had enrolled their children. The money saved — nearly $28 million — is being redirected to the city’s lowest-performing schools.

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Birmingham school leaders warn of financial, safety consequences

The Alabama city's school officials are urging Birmingham to reverse a plan to drop free police protection at middle and high school sporting events, stressing that the move would push the sports program further into the red.

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Baltimore schools lay off employees in central office shake-up

More than 150 city school employees received layoff notices, part of a promised cost-saving measure to close a budget gap in city schools CEO Gregory Thornton's first budget. The layoffs were the first in the district in at least a decade.

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Integration improvements simplify teachers' data input efforts

Designed to simplify the grading and data input, Blackboard Inc. launched an improved integration between Blackboard's teaching and learning solutions and Pearson's PowerSchool student information system to eliminate the need for teachers to double enter assignments and grades into the two systems.

Bill would block executive cuts to school transportation funds

The governor would be blocked from chopping regional school transportation funds under a bill being pushed by the Massachusetts Association of Regional Schools. The group has argued a 2010 state law says regional school transportation funds can only be reduced in connection with cuts to aid known as Chapter 70.

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FamilyTime launches parent's app for iOS

The parent’s version of the FamilyTime – Dashboard app was released for iOS to help parents keep in touch with their children and manage parental controls from their iOS devices even on the go.

Can prizes motivate kids to show up at school?

It seems like a no-brainer: Offer kids a reward for showing up at school, and their attendance will shoot up. But a recent study of third-graders in India suggests that incentive schemes can do more harm than good.

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N.Y. taps former Fla. schools superintendent as education commissioner

MaryEllen Elia, the former schools superintendent for Hillsborough County, has been tapped as New York State’s new education commissioner. She will replace John B. King Jr., who resigned as commissioner in 2014 for a job at the U.S. Department of Education.

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Berkeley poised to adopt tougher school enrollment policy

The California district's school board is considering tougher enrollment requirements to curb illegal enrollment from out-of-town residents in the district, following the initial success of new registration requirements.

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