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New handheld science learning device debuted by PASCO Scientific

The SPARK Element is water-resistant, lightweight and portable handheld science learning device designed specifically for science classrooms. It comes with SPARKvue, PASCO’s science learning application for sensor-based data collection, sharing, visualization and analysis.

Aegis Identity Software launches education community platform

The EduZone educational community platform enables districts to protect and utilize student data while they adopt, standardize and share learning applications with students, parents and educators.

Block grant funding for Kansas schools gets tentative House approval

The Kansas House narrowly advanced a controversial bill repealing the state’s current school finance formula in favor of flexible block grants. The proposal will give school districts more flexibility on how to spend state dollars but will also reduce overall school funding for the current year.

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Charter school bill stays on track in Alabama Legislature

The Education Policy Committee in the House of Representatives approved a proposed charter school bill that would give the committee the authority to approve applications for start-up charter schools that are denied by local school boards.

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Mississippi to open first early college high school

The Mississippi Department of Education, in partnership with East Mississippi Community College, will open the state’s first early college high school this fall for students who show potential for academic success but need a different type of school setting.

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Tennessee county to sue state over school funding

Hamilton County's board of education voted to sue Tennessee over the Basic Education Program, the formula through which the state funds public schools. School officials say the state shortchanges the school district roughly $13 million annually.

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Florida school uniform proposal advances

A House panel gave its approval to a plan that would encourage school districts to adopt a standard attire policy for K8 students. The bill includes a small cash incentive for school districts that comply.

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Superintendent harnesses technology in Presidio ISD

Presidio ISD, a remote, Title I, poverty-stricken Texas border district with a 98 percent Hispanic population, didn’t let limited financial resources block its goal of cultivating college-going ambitions among its nearly 1,400 students.

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Enterprise learning advances achievement

When four South Carolina districts joined forces in 2013 to compete for a federal Race to the Top grant, their shared educational vision was clear: Teach students to be creative innovators and independent learners. The challenge was finding a model to encompass all the sweeping changes they wanted to implement.

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Forging strong school relationships

Although a strong partnership between the school board and superintendent is widely seen as crucial to district success, administrators and the non-educators filling board seats do not always receive training in how a disparate group of individuals becomes an effective team.