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Gov. John Kasich signs bill to overhaul state takeovers of 'failing' districts

The Ohio governor signed a controversial bill that drastically changes how the state can step in to run "failing" school districts by creating a new CEO position, allowing mayors to appoint school board members and giving the CEO power to override parts of union contracts.

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The latest in device charging carts, lockers and equipment

No matter how a district supplies mobile devices to students, many challenges exist in implementing technology programs—including cost, security and equity. Districts need proper device-storage equipment to protect substantial investments in tablets and laptops, and also to make learning efficient.

Senate rejects effort to teach kids about climate change in school

A effort to increase kids’ scientific knowledge of climate change failed in the Senate, after one senator expressed concern that the measure would result in a lot of “wasted paper.” The measure would have created a competitive grant program for public school districts to develop or improve climate change education curricula.

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Questar Assessment Inc. chosen to provide state summative assessments

The Mississippi State Board of Education has chosen the company to be responsible for the program management of the state's grades 3–8 English language arts and mathematic summative assessments, as well as several end-of-course assessments.

New platform debuted by mobile application creator

Guidebook launched a new platform, Guidebook Builder, which gives any organization the ability to create and manage native iOS and Android apps for venues and events.

School officials unveil major construction proposal in Ohio district

Fostoria schools will seek voter approval of a $47 million project to construct a new junior/senior high school building and renovate another school. Taxpayers in the school district would contribute about $9.4 million.

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Fargo School Board to seek state legal opinion on tapping loan fund

The North Dakota district's school board voted to seek an attorney general's opinion on whether two school district projects qualify for a state low-interest loan fund for new school construction.

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How writing down specific goals can empower struggling students

Writing down their internal motivations and connecting daily efforts to positive goals can help young people solidify their identities as students and locate, ground and ultimately resolve anxiety and the associated stress.

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Michigan district stops use of contractor for sex education courses

East Lansing schools will suspend the use of an outside contractor who helped teach the district's sex education curriculum. The vote came three months after the district came under fire for its sex education curriculum at the high school, which has an abstinence-only component.

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Students build on trade skills in construction program

In San Francisco, dozens of students are getting real-life lessons in what it takes to build a tiny house, fix a Muni bus air compressor or create an alternative water treatment program as part of a summer program to gain exposure to a range of construction careers.

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