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New superintendent named for Maine district

Schools in Freeport, Pownal and Durham will have a new superintendent in September. Regional School Unit 5 voted to hire Edward McDonough, who is currently the superintendent in Portsmouth, New Hampshire.

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N.J. schools split $5.2 million in new school aid under proposed budget

New Jersey's roughly 600 school districts would share just $5.2 million in new school aid dollars next year under Gov. Chris Christie's proposed state budget, with the vast majority getting no increase at all, according to new state aid figures.

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Bibb County school district appoints new superintendent

Curtis L. Jones has been named as Georgia district's new school superintendent. Jones comes to Bibb County by way of Griffin-Spalding County, where he has served as superintendent since 2009.

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Vouchers increase public, private school gap

With voucher enrollment growing dramatically, it’s worth considering how long the public school system can remain in place. At the same time lawmakers are preparing to shift dollars from public schools serving students from poverty to wealthier school districts, they also are preparing to steer millions more to private schools.

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School bond rollover bill debated in Nevada Assembly

A controversial bill that would extend a bond rollover program to address pressing school construction needs in Clark County ran into tough questioning in an Assembly committee. The bill would allow the rollover for 10 years without requiring voter approval and also exempt school construction projects from the state prevailing wage law.

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Virtual charter network making profit at the expense of Calif. schoolchildren, study finds

California schoolchildren studying at home through a growing network of for-profit online charter schools often lack functional computers and other materials they need to learn -- even as millions in state tax dollars flow to the schools' operator, according to a report.

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178 New York schools receive failing grade, report says

The average graduation rate at the state’s more than 170 failing schools was 46.6 percent, according to a new statewide report. The average number of students proficient in math was 6.2 percent and the number proficient in English was even lower at 5.9 percent.

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Maryland governor's charter school proposal draws opposition

Gov. Larry Hogan's bill to expand charter schools in Maryland took center stage in Annapolis. The measure will make it easier to open and operate a charter school, but it's also generating opposition from public school teachers. The bill provides charter operators more autonomy to hire and fire teachers.

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New school bond accountability bills introduced

Two new California bills would hold local school districts more accountable and protect taxpayer dollars. One would prohibit school districts from using voter-approved school construction bond funds to purchase non-facility related items with a short usable life.

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California county embarks on high school building plan

San Juan USD begins construction of $117 million in “signature” projects at nine high school campuses next month. The projects will be financed with about a third of the $350 million in Measure N bond funds voters approved in 2012.

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