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Can traditional schools learn to play well with charters?

Let’s press the mute button on politically driven denunciations and work together on the shared mission of all public schools, traditional and charter: to provide great educational services for children.

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Higher education students should be utilized in schools

In North Carolina's Carrboro High School, students began the Language for Youth program, in which students volunteer to teach language classes at a middle school. One way to help keep the program active would be to engage university students as well as student-teachers in other subjects not offered at the middle school level.

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A city, a school and a lot of moms

The debate over how best to improve urban school systems in major American cities is robust and complicated. But one Boston community found a way to transform public education almost by accident. For the Charlestown neighborhood, a group of new moms just looking for a night out ended up blossoming into a determined movement for schools.

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New Edgenuity report for blended learning teachers

Edgenuity has released a new Lesson Mastery report for online and blended learning instructors. The Lesson Mastery report offers at-a-glance access to data and metrics that allow teachers to monitor, track and personalize the learning experience for each student.

InFocus adds two series of bright projectors to its classroom models

InFocus Corporation has added two series of bright projectors to its existing lineup of classroom models. The interactivity-enabled IN2120a series and IN120STa short throw series models can use the optional LiteBoard adapter to enable the LiteBoard Wand to operate as a wireless interactive pen and mouse.

Massachusetts adopts Torsh TALENT for early education and childcare

Massachusetts is partnering with Torsh Inc. to use its TALENT solution as part of the state's Department of Early Education and Childcare Peer Assistance and Coaching pilot. The online video-based collaboration and analytics platform will support coaching and professional development for early child care and out-of-school-time education providers.

N.J. school construction agency announces $500 million for 1,600 projects

The New Jersey Schools Development Authority announced the start of $500 million in funding for some 1,600 projects that have been approved by the state Department of Education at a total cost of more than $1.2 billion. However, the state aid is contingent on voters' approval of the construction projects in 333 districts.

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N.Y. district to reduce positions with decreasing enrollment numbers

Guilderland Central's district, again faced with reduced aid and a state-set levy limit, continues to make cuts in its proposed $92.1 million budget. Next year’s spending plan would eliminate roughly 35 jobs. A number of the reductions are driven by an expected drop in enrollment next year, continuing a downward trend.

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San Antonio to open second early college high school

The San Antonio ISD plans to open its second early college high school this year after signing a memorandum of understanding with the Alamo Colleges to open the new school in August on the St. Philip’s College campus. The students will be housed at the college while taking both high school and college courses.

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New mascots for four Texas schools after policy change

Houston ISD unveiled four new school mascots after the school board changed district policy on school symbols to become more culturally sensitive. The cost for new uniforms and changing over symbols in gyms, hallways, marquees and signs could top $250,000.

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