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In Florida, bond focuses on school construction and public trust

The fate of an $800 million school bond referendum could depend on what voters think is in greater disrepair: Broward County schools or their trust in those who would spend the money. The Broward County School District is asking voters to approve a general obligation bond to a multitude of issues in the district's oldest schools.

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Washington district to ask voters for nearly $90 million

The Kennewick School Board will ask for $89.5 million to help pay for five schools and various other projects as part of a proposed bond measure this winter. It would pay for two new elementary schools, a rebuilt elementary school and two new middle schools. The bond also would pay for other building improvements and land for future schools.

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New Orleans public high school enrollment increases by 10 percent

The city's public high school enrollment rose to almost 12,500 for the 2014-2015 academic year, an increase of about 10 percent from a year earlier, according to newly released records. Ninth grade in particular saw gains, which could indicate even more growth in the future. None of the two dozen schools lost more than about 25 students.

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Districts of Distinction: Ensuring early reading literacy

Lake Orion Community Schools in Michigan broke new ground two years ago with its Kindergarten Reading Early Intervention Program. The unique initiative pairs full-time reading interventionists with teachers in Lake Orion’s 24 kindergarten classrooms to boost the early literacy of the district’s youngest students.

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Districts of Distinction: District and college team up to tackle remedial math

In an uncommon move, Denise Sullivan, the assistant superintendent for curriculum at the Hampton Bays Schools. and the chair of the mathematics department at nearby Suffolk County Community College created a high school course that mirrors the remedial class that students deficient in math have to take when they start college.

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Districts of Distinction: Schools build for an energy-efficient future

A state sales tax passed in 2009 gave the Des Moines Independent Community School District $27 million a year to launch its buildings into the 21st century. That dependable revenue stream has supported a flood of innovative school renovations focused on energy efficiency and environmental stewardship.

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Districts of Distinction: A stop to voc-ed teacher turnover

A professional development initiative created by a voc-ed program comprising three California districts is being replicated statewide because it keeps teachers in the job—and lets students learn from some of the best agents of local industry and business.

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Districts of Distinction: Credit recovery boosts graduation rate

When S. Dallas Dance became superintendent of Baltimore County Public Schools in 2012, the district’s graduation rate stood at nearly 84 percent, four points above the national average. But that encouraging number masked the disparity between schools with graduation rates above 95 percent and as low as 70 percent.

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Districts of Distinction: A revolution in K12 service learning

Beekeeping and raising chickens are among the projects that Maplewood Richmond Heights School District students relish. The district, which covers less than three square miles outside of St. Louis’ inner city, has brought service learning—and student achievement—to new heights.

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Districts of Distinction honors K12 innovation

Nearly 50 school districts that are leading the way with innovative and effective new ideas have been named Districts of Distinction, District Administration magazine’s new tri-annual award program. The honorees, which were selected from hundreds of nominations submitted from around the country, are districts of various sizes and demographics that represent 28 states.

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