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Using innovation to optimize resources

Iowa’s Clinton Community School District has incorporated two cutting-edge programs into its learning environment in hopes of giving students a better chance at graduating and succeeding in college or career.

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What are you doing to prevent bullying?

If you are planning to show anti-bullying videos or to feature guest presenters that convey the message, “Don’t bully, you could cause someone to commit suicide,” you should think twice. This message is not only ineffective, but is potentially highly dangerous.

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The business of: Equipment leasing and rental

As the economy continues its slow crawl out of the recession, school districts that had put off capital purchases are now replacing outdated equipment and buying new technology. However, administrators are still considering large-scale acquisitions with caution.

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Bulking up with booster clubs

Sports teams in a growing number of school districts can only return to their fields, gymnasiums, rinks and pools each September with the support of parent-run booster clubs. As budgets tighten, these clubs, which have provided high school athletes with everything from uniforms to scoreboards to travel money for competitions or games, are expanding into elementary and middle schools.

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Recession is the mother of invention in education

Five years after the Great Recession officially ended, many superintendents continue to grapple with educating today’s students and preparing for tomorrow’s—with yesterday’s funding levels.

Protecting kids in the cloud

A new Virginia measure seeks to protect student privacy and restrict companies' ability to use students' data. The proposl puts Virginia among the dozens of states, along with the federal government, stepping into a complex fight over new technologies, big business, public education, security and privacy rights.

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Pennsylvania expanding Excellence School Mentoring Grant program

Gov. Tom Corbett announced that the state's department of education is expanding its 2014-2015 Governor's Expanding Excellence School Mentoring Grant program. This initiative is designed to create a culture of innovation and achievement in Pennsylvania's public schools to increase student achievement.

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Illinois city cracking down on school truants

East Chicago students and parents who don’t take attendance seriously will face big changes. A new cooperative effort between police, school and city officials, the city court judge, Calumet College and Ivy Tech Community College will identify truant students and return them to the classroom.

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School leaders react to Indiana's statewide bullying assessment

Local school leaders are reacting to the first statewide assessment of bullying at public schools. The report stated that there were more than 9,000 cases of bullying during last school year in Indiana. Verbal incidents accounted for 44 percent, 21 percent were physical and the rest were electronic threats and social shunning.

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Should students be allowed to cross the street to catch the school bus?

A new state law prohibits students from crossing the street to catch a school bus. Some Louisiana public school systems say they have already addressed safety issues on busy highways. They say the new law, aimed mainly at urban schools, would cost more money and keep students on the bus longer in rural areas where bus stops are located on interior, residential streets.

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