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Government gives $3.1 million for Newtown school recovery

The U.S. Department of Education announced nearly $3.2 million for Newtown's schools for this school year and 2015-2016. Since the December 14, 2012, shootings, the Connecticut district has received a total of $6.4 million, one of the largest grants from the Department of Education's School Emergency Response to Violence program.

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CK-12 and Clever team to deliver integration and access to OER STEM Curriculum

CK-12 is partnering with Clever to make it easier for districts to deploy CK-12, and for users to access their customizable CK-12 math and science content.

Merging districts in five urban Texas counties not a good idea, study says

A new Texas Education Agency study indicates that consolidation of school districts in the five largest counties in Texas would only increase operating costs and not improve student performance. If consolidated, the Dallas County district would be the fourth largest school system in the country with an enrollment of more than 803,000 students.

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Connecticut school ranking system on temporary hold

Connecticut replaced two state mastery exams that were previously used in calculating state rankings with the computer-based Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium. The change was so abrupt that the state does not expect to release annual performance assessment results until 2015, making it difficult to predict how students are doing under the new conditions.

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Jefferson Parish School Board approves two new charters

Two charters are being added to Jefferson's public school portfolio. Laureate Academy and Jefferson RISE Charter School are products of a $500,000 partnership between Louisiana and system officials and national charter incubator Building Excellent Schools.

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Imagining a better accountability system for teachers and students

Ever since the passage of No Child Left Behind 12 years ago, teachers have been judged, far too simplistically, based on standardized tests given to their students. This system is a lot of the reason that teacher turnover is so high, causing even many of the best teachers to leave. All of which might be worth it if this form of accountability truly meant that public school students were getting a better education.

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Universal pre-K takes off in New York City

City and school officials have been busy finding vendors, hiring and training teachers, inspecting buildings, guiding parents and signing up more than 50,000 children for free, full-day, citywide, city-run prekindergarten. Besides the paperwork delays, which the administration says are commonplace and a result of putting caution ahead of speed, there have been other relatively minor administrative glitches.

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Inaugural class of construction pre-apprentice program starts in Michigan

A new joint venture between Midland County Schools and The Greater Michigan Construction Academy began this school year to provide district students an early start on apprenticeships into skilled trades. As the students move through the skilled trades content, they will receive a certification of each module through the National Center for Construction Education and Research.

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Florida district planning construction projects after tax approved

Volusia County voters approved extending a half-cent sales tax that will pay for a new Pierson Elementary, replacing and renovating facilities and other capital expenses. The tax is expected to generate $32 million annually for 15 years.

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ORIOS LED lamps launched by OSRAM SYLVANIA

OSRAM SYLVANIA of OSRAM Americas is launching ORIOS LED lamps, including A-line, MR16, BR, R and PAR lamps. The lamps are rated at up to 25,000 hours. ORIOS PAR, BR30 and R20 LED lamps are dimmable down to 10 percent and are indoor/outdoor rated.

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