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Springfield district to seek $71.5 million for construction

After a failed attempt last year, the Massachusetts district will again ask voters in November to approve a $71.5 million bond measure to ­replace a middle school and make other technology and classroom improvements.

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New Mass. fingerprinting law adds another layer to costly, confusing process

A well-intentioned law to expand national fingerprinting background checks for school employees has been crucial for students' safety. However, the implementation leads to multiple, repetitive background checks and unnecessary, costly layers of government bureaucracy. These challenges will be further complicated by the passage of another new law to extend fingerprint checks to disability service providers.

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Getting to school safely a higher priority than academics for Detroit parents

When it comes to education, it appears that just getting your child to school safely, is among the highest priorities for Detroit public school parents. The district has created so-called “safe routes” for students, with better lighting and security, in addition to removing blight around area schools.

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La. school voucher program gets C grade on national report card

Louisiana's high-profile school voucher program made a C on a national report card. The report by the Center for Education Reform faulted Louisiana for imposing "excessively burdensome" financial requirements and state tests on schools, and for restricting eligibility to low-income students from low-performing school systems.

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Parents to boycott schools over reform plan

A group of Newark parents announced that their children will boycott Newark public schools at the start of the new school year. “NPS Boycott 4 Freedom” is a response to “One Newark,” a school reform plan set to take effect next month that will restructure or shut down a third of schools in the city’s state-run public school district.

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Voters in Idaho's largest district turn down $104 million school bond

West Ada School District’s attempt to ease overcrowding with new schools failed to get the two-thirds majority needed for passage with low voter turnout. The district had planned for three new schools and a high school upgrade to take care of the influx of students in the area.

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App Partner facilitates launch of educational iPad app

App Partner has completed the iOS programming for the new NGAkids Art Zone app for iPad. The app was produced in collaboration with Protozone, Inc. and the National Gallery of Art in Washington. The art-inspired app is for children between the ages of nine and eleven with interactive activities, a sketchbook for freehand drawing and a personal exhibition space.

Adaptive learning solutions released by McGraw-Hill Education

McGraw-Hill Education has developed a suite of adaptive learning products that includes SmartBook, an adaptive reading program powered by LearnSmart adaptive technology for both the K12 market and for higher education.

New schools pick up Discovery Education's digital textbooks

Discovery Education's Social Studies Techbook series, a digital solution that replaces traditional textbooks and features standards-based digital content and resources, will be used by several new districts this school year, including Alabama’s Baldwin County Public Schools, Arizona’s Sunnyside Unified School District and Colorado’s Garfield School District No. Re-2, among others.

Achieve3000 releases NWEA MAP informed learning path

Developed in partnership with Northwest Evaluation Association (NWEA), Achieve3000 released Informed Learning Paths, built using results from NWEA's Measures of Academic Progress assessment. These new computer adaptive assessments will enable teachers to provide each student with a customized set of lessons.