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Education thought leaders forecast 2015 trends

Superintendents and other education experts look ahead on technology, the Common Core, college and career readiness, testing and range of other topics. Readers can add their predictions for 2015 in the comments section.

San Diego School Board votes for traditional schedule

San Diego USD trustees approved moving its schools and more than 132,000 students to a traditional schedule over the next two years.

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Texas to close more than 10 charter school operators

Texas will shut down 14 charter school operators that failed to meet heightened financial and academic performance rules this year. The law requires the Texas Education Agency to revoke a school's charter if it fails to meet state academic or financial accountability ratings for three years.

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Nation’s first Arabic dual-language school to open in Houston

Instruction at the Arabic Language Immersion Magnet School will be split evenly between English and Arabic. After Spanish, Arabic is the second-most common non-English language spoken at home for families in the district.

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What is bullying?

When we talk about bullying, what do we mean? Unfortunately, the answer is far from clear. Educators are taught one definition, while most state statutes have yet another definition. Worse, surveys are based on a variety of definitions.

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Coaching tomorrow’s education leaders

At the core of powerful coaching relationships is the most important quality of effective performance and interactions: High emotional intelligence quotient, or EQ. To increase one’s EQ, coaching needs to focus on four domains: self-awareness, social awareness, self-management and relationship management.

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Testing times growing nationwide

The testing boycott has begun: In November, thousands of Colorado high school students refused to take the state’s new science and social studies exams in a widespread protest against the amount of classroom time devoted to standardized testing, according to published reports.

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Rural schools hit hard by budget cuts

Funding cuts since the recession have drained the accounts of rural districts, which cannot rely on a resurgence in property tax revenues as heavily as urban school systems can. Some 9.7 million students are enrolled in rural districts, representing more than 20 percent of all U.S. public school students. And rural enrollment continues to rise.

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What you need to know about ‘deeper learning’

“Deeper learning” is an education buzzword taking hold in education circles, and could be another term for “21st century learning” and “personalized learning” in a list of trendy ideas to improve U.S. schools. But given new research claiming the method raises achievement and graduation rates, should administrators pay attention?

New York's distribution of school aid to be examined

U.S. Department of Education officials have granted a year-old request from the Middletown and Schenectady districts to investigate whether New York's school aid system shortchanges districts with large minority populations.

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