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Librarians are a luxury Chicago Public Schools can't afford

With educators facing tough financial choices, having a full-time librarian is becoming something of a luxury in Chicago's more than 600 public schools. Instead, certified librarians are being reassigned across the district to English classrooms, world languages or to particular grade levels in elementary schools.

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School lockers become a crime-fighting tool in New Jersey

The Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office is giving students the ability to communicate with authorities by scanning a bar code sticker that has been placed in all 18,000 student lockers in the county’s middle and high schools. Students can anonymously alert authorities if they suspect someone is dealing drugs or committing criminal acts or if they have any school safety concerns.

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Cengage Learning’s Questia.com offers research paper writing tools

A new suite of writing tools from Questia supports students in organizing and writing research papers. From Cengage Learning’s Questia.com, the new Questia Writing Center features support tools such as a topic and source generator, a thesis statement builder, and an outline creator and project organizer, among others.

VIP Learning unveils a customizable study platform

Kahrds is a new learning platform from VIP Learning that allows students, teachers and instructors to customize their own study sets. In addition to providing content, the users determine the subject and the level of each one of the study sets. The study platform then turns the entered information into games, flash cards and tests.

Year-round schooling would help minority students

Implementing year-round schooling will not only lead to minority students who are more engaged with their academics, but ones who come to rely on the consistency of their educational schedule and are more apt to stick with it.

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Few principals in New York gave teachers low marks in evaluations

Few principals across New York state gave their teachers low scores in the 2012-2013 school year as they implemented a new evaluation system that calls for in-depth classroom observations. The difference between the top ratings on the observation-based evaluations​ and the low ratings on state and local tests is likely to spark a debate over what parts of an evaluation are the most accurate.

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Court to decide if Washington will allow charter schools

The Washington Supreme Court will determine whether charter schools will be allowed in the state with a hearing scheduled for October. The new charter school law allows for about 40 charter schools to open during the next five years. This fall, the private school First Place will be the first charter school. A coalition of plaintiffs has sued the state, hoping to disallow schools such as First Place.

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A new resource version launched by Learning Bird

Learning Bird released a new 3.0 version designed to improve user experience for teachers, students and parents. The new version features enhanced homepages, including the debut of a “Popular Lessons” section that showcases lessons users have rated positively.

Corliss Kaiser set to retire as New York district's superintendent

Fayetteville-Manlius School Superintendent Corliss Kaiser announced that she will retire at the end of the 2014-2015 school year. Kaiser has spent 46 years working in education, including 10 as the district's superintendent.

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Victor Shandor chosen as Virginia district's superintendent

Victor Shandor, with more than 20 years of experience in public education, will take over as the new superintendent of York County School Division on November 1. The division has been without a permanent superintendent since July 1 when Eric Williams stepped down to take the top spot at Loudon County Public Schools.

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