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More schools open their doors to the whole community

While instruction has ended for the summer, local school classrooms remain open as part of a wider trend around the country of "community schools," where public and private groups bring services closer to students and residents year round and, in some cases, help boost student performance.

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STEM charter school approved in California county

A petition to create a STEM-focused charter school for high school students has been approved by the Merced County Board of Education to open in 13 months. The move is opposed by a number of the county's 20 local school districts.

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Compass Learning and Renaissance Learning partnership announced

Compass Learning and Renaissance Learning are integrating Renaissance Learning’s STAR reading and math data with the newly released suite of solutions from Compass Learning this fall. The partnership will provide educators tools to assess each student’s proficiency and automatically assign personalized learning paths.

James Patterson and myON look to increase student engagement

James Patterson is offering special access to his new book, Treasure Hunters, to all students using myON. The first in a new series of books, Treasure Hunters tells the adventures of the Kidd family as they embark on a quest for treasure.

Atlanta Public Schools selects Scenario Learning's SafeSchools system

Scenario Learning announced that Atlanta Public Schools has adopted the SafeSchools Online Staff Training System to help increase staff and student safety throughout the district's 105 buildings. Nearly 7,000 staff members will now have access to hundreds of online courses covering school safety topics.

Tutor.com acquires The Princeton Review

IAC announced that its Tutor.com business has signed an agreement to acquire The Princeton Review from Charlesbank Capital Partners. Services of the combined company are expected to be offered to consumers primarily under The Princeton Review brand with Tutor.com used for certain institutional clients.

Teaching evolution compromise reached in South Carolina

How evolution is taught in South Carolina was debated once again, despite the Department of Education's June announcement that it was moving forward with the state's 2005 biology standards. A panel voted this week on a change to the state's biology standards touted as a compromise that would encourage a discussion among students with the topic of evolution.

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Lexington 2 district names Tom Siler as superintendent

Tom Siler is the new superintendent of the South Carolina district's 16 schools. His selection as superintendent-elect was announced last week, setting the stage for him to assume oversight of classrooms in mid-2015.

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School board picks Tom DeKeyser as superintendent in Michigan

Whitmore Lake High School Principal Tom DeKeyser will be the district's next superintendent as of January 1, 2015. Superintendent Kim Hart is retiring from the district in December after a 33-year career in education and seven years in the role.

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Marty Crawford chosen as Texas district's lone finalist

Tyler ISD has named Marty Crawford as the lone finalist for its open superintendent position. He has served as the superintendent of schools for the West ISD for six years.

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