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Colorado school district sued for promoting Christian groups' efforts

The Douglas County School District in Colorado is being sued for the promotion of Christian organizations and their proselytizing efforts by district employees, according to an American Humanist Association lawsuit.

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Fairfax Co. school board approves later school start times

Under the plan introduced by Superintendent Karen Garza, high schools in Fairfax Countywill start nearly an hour later, at 8 or 8:10 a.m., while middle school students would move 15 minutes earlier than they currently begin.

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Bill to curb construction noise near New York City schools gains support

A bill to protect children from harmful noise during construction next to school buildings is gaining momentum in the City Council. The proposed Intro 420 bill would require that construction noise next to city schools not reach above 45 decibels and would task the Department of Environmental Protection with providing regular enforcement.

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Native American schools are struggling

Federally owned schools for Native Americans on reservations are marked by remoteness, extreme poverty and a lack of construction dollars. More than 60 school buildings are listed in poor condition. An estimated $1.3 billion is needed to replace or refurbish these schools.

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Group urges Denver board to change school performance framework

A group of organizations and charter schools is asking Denver Public Schools to re-write the School Performance Framework that evaluates district schools by the end of November. The group argues that the framework is confusing and too focused on growth.

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Changes proposed for largest Maryland school system's facility guidelines

The Montgomery County school system’s guidelines for planning future school construction projects may undergo several changes, including ones that would affect preferred enrollment and school site sizes.

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New iPad classroom app available from Netop

Netop's Vision ME iPad classroom workflow app, now available in the App Store, allows teachers to present lessons directly on classroom iPads, showcase student work, blank student screens, block Internet access with the click of a button, and administer web-based tests and quizzes.

Three California districts choose Schoology

Schoology's learning management system recently selected by three school districts in California: San Juan USD in Sacramento, Modesto City Schools, and Norwalk-La Mirada USD in Los Angeles.

Pearson collaborates with Saddleback Educational Publishing

Pearson's iLit tablet-based reading intervention program will now feature fiction and nonfiction titles from Saddleback Educational Publishing.

University pushes back against Michigan's measurement of charter performance

Grand Valley State University's leadership, while supportive of monitoring performance, is challenging Michigan's academic performance methodology as an inaccurate measure of overall performance by aggregating students without recognizing student diversity and at-risk student populations.

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