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Focus on play in kindergarten may improve grades, study says

Training teachers to promote structured play among kindergarteners yields improved reading, vocabulary and math scores that persist into first grade, according to a new study on the "Tools for the Mind" technique.

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Paul Casciano to retire as William Floyd schools superintendent

Paul Casciano, who became superintendent of the New York school district eight years ago at one of the most tumultuous times in its 181-year history, will retire at the end of the school year. The longtime educator has more than 40 years in the district as a student, teacher, principal and its top official.

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James Colbert, Jr. named to lead Harris County' schools

The largest county in Texas's board of education has chosen James Colbert, Jr. as its new school superintendent. Since 2011, Colbert has been superintendent of West Orange-Cove Consolidated ISD in Orange, Texas.

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Watchdog probe finds Boston school misspending

Boston school officials funneled hundreds of thousands of dollars in taxpayer money to a nonprofit foundation, essentially creating a slush fund to pay for holiday parties, first-class plane tickets, and even moving expenses for a departing employee, according to an investigation by a city watchdog agency.

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Pearson upgrades working memory training program

Cogmed Working Memory Training, an evidence-based, computerized training program designed by neuroscientists to strengthen students’ working memory, has been updated by Pearson to make it more user-friendly, flexible and comprehensive for educators and clinicians.

Kevin Huffman out as Tenn.'s education commissioner

Tennessee Education Commissioner Kevin Huffman is stepping down from his position after three years, leaving a legacy that includes historic test gains as well as some of the fiercest clashes this state has ever seen over public schools.

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Oakland USD selects Comcast Business

Comcast Business' ethernet services have been selected by the California district to provide high-capacity internet connectivity and expanded bandwidth support for Oakland USD's personalized learning curriculum and applications.

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Some Washington schools replacing letter grades with numbers

In a change educators say will allow them to better measure student learning, the Selah School District is replacing traditional letter grades with a four-point number system at some of its schools.

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Hospitals race to sign up schools for athletic-training and medical-services

Ohio State University’s new athletic-training and medical-services agreement with Upper Arlington schools is upping the ante in the bidding war among central Ohio’s hospital systems, which are seeking greater access to high-school athletes and their families.

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Grant brings fresh food, challenges, to New York schools

Hudson Valley AgriBusiness Development Corporation released a final report on the successes, challenges and lessons of a highly competitive United States Department of Agriculture Farm to School Grant awarded to the Poughkeepsie City School District for a two and-a-half year period, from December 2012 through May.

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