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New Kansas City program launched to fight chronic school absenteeism

Kansas City announced a new program aimed at getting students to go to school. Volunteers will work through the Big Brothers, Big Sisters program to mentor children from kindergarten through third grade in 10 elementary schools in those three area districts.

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Recession-era school spending levels in Wisconsin match other states

Despite significant cuts to school funding, the amount of money spent on each Wisconsin public school student largely matched spending levels across the country between 2008 and 2012, according to a study released by Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance. The drop by 6 percent in per-pupil spending came at a time when 19 other states were seeing similar decreases.

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Most asthmatic kids lack health management plans at school

In Chicago, most kids with asthma or food allergies don’t have a health management form on file at school. On the rare occasions when a child has died at school from an acute allergy attack or asthma attack, the children usually did not have a health management plan, or a so-called 504 Plan, a new study shows.

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Court to hear arguments Philadelphia district violated Pa. constitution

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court is set to hear oral arguments in a charter school case that centers on the powers that the School Reform Commission has to manage charter school growth in Philadelphia's financially distressed district.

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Program emerges to clean up neighborhoods around Los Angeles schools

Los Angeles announced a pilot program that seeks to clean up neighborhoods around several middle schools. In addition to environmental polluters, the effort will also ramp up checks on parolees living close to campuses, seek out businesses that sell tobacco to kids, train a volunteer force of parents to watch over students walking to school, and seek to return truants to classrooms.

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The end of homework? Why some schools are banning homework

Fed up with the tension over homework, some schools are opting out altogether. No-homework policies are popping up in several schools in the U.S., where the shift to the Common Core curriculum is prompting educators to rethink how students spend their time.

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Syntonic delivers mobile content to K12 students

Syntonic launched a nationwide connected education services for K-12 students. The new Syntonic On-Ramp Education Services integrates district and school managed educational content, nationwide AT&T 4G connectivity, and mobile devices to provide students with equal access to online educational resources and learning tools.

CoSN joins with the Council of the Great City Schools

The Council of the Great City Schools and CoSN (Consortium for School Networking) have signed an agreement to give CoSN members access to a collection of information technology key performance indicators in the ActPoint KPI Performance Management System.

States collaborate to keep track of students

For years, Washington state has collected data on students from prekindergarten through college along with workforce statistics. Until now, Washington and other states frequently hit roadblocks when they tried to track their students who moved out of state. Washington – along with Idaho, Oregon and Hawaii – recently participated in a pilot project to share data on student outcomes.

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Language practice goes global with WeSpeke

WeSpeke, Inc. launched its Language Practice Goes Global! initiative to connect learners with native speakers in its global community to practice languages, share cultures and explore interests. Language partners can chat using text, audio, or video and create global “friends” list. The WeSpeke global community currently includes users representing 160 countries and 103 languages.

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