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Missing the point on ‘school accountability’

The legislators would be better off coming up with plans to address the conditions that lead to low-scoring schools instead of continuing to put the onus solely on the educators who are trying to overcome them.

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School supervision and efficiency in Kansas

Half of the Kansas state budget goes to education, which can justify more supervision. Yet it's hard to escape the sense that legislative conservatives, smarting from court rulings on school funding, simply don't trust those involved in public education and are going to considerable lengths to remind them who's really in charge.

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New nursing program offered to Rio Grande Valley high school students

Pharr-San Juan-Alamo ISD, South Texas ISD and South Texas College are partnering with Doctors Hospital at Renaissance to begin a dual-enrollment nursing program. The program will be one of the first programs in the nation to offer an associate’s degree in nursing to high school graduates.

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Teacher pay drives school spending in Vermont

As we enter the annual school budget cycle, Vermont's school boards are facing the perfect storm: declining support from Montpelier, lower enrollments, and taxpayer anger at rising property taxes. The automatic annual teacher salary increases we are seeing — driven by indexed salary grids — can't be justified on educational, economic or moral terms.

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Education reform worth stopping

With an overemphasis on testing students and the state and federal "command and control" mentality, we are on a road that will lead to a hard crash — we are paving the road just as we drive on it. We have no say about the road conditions, how fast we must move or what our destination is. When we do crash, what will happen to our children?

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More than half of U.S. public school students live in poverty

A new report found that, at 51 percent, the number of children who qualified for federal programs for free or reduced-price lunches is the highest in at least 50 years, according to the Southern Education Foundation.

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SMART Technologies unveils new interactive flat panel displays

SMART Technologies Inc. introduced a new value line of interactive flat panels designed specifically for the education market. There are two new models in the SMART Board 4000 series with the 4065 and 4055 interactive flat panels a new 6055 model in the 6000 series.

Denver Public Schools to expand AVID college readiness system

AVID and Denver Public Schools are starting the AVID Denver Neighborhood Project, a 3-year grant funded by the I.A. O'Shaughnessy Foundation to expand and strengthen the AVID College Readiness System in a cluster of schools in two underrepresented neighborhoods served by the district.

Superintendent of Athens City Schools retiring

After more than 40 years in education, Robert Greene, the long-time superintendent of Tennessee's Athens City Schools, will retire at the end of the school year. In 2010, he left his job as the deputy commissioner of education for Tennessee, to take the Athens position.

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New superintendent named for Pennsylvania school district

Lancaster County's second largest school district has named Christopher Adams as superintendent. He has worked as an administrator in the Hempfield school district for eight years, most recently as assistant superintendent for K12 education.

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