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Curriculum Foundry pilot announced by Learning.com

Learning.com's new Curriculum Foundry is ready for the beta pilot stage and the application process has been opened. Curriculum Foundry provides a searchable content repository that includes vetted open education resources and tools to build and share curriculum.

Pa. school district encounters shortage of substitute teachers

Carlisle Area School District might reinstate a cash incentive program to boost its pool of available substitute teachers. The district is experiencing a shortage of substitutes on such a regular basis that there is a higher number of uncovered classrooms this school year compared to prior years.

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North Carolina puts Charter Day School on probationary status

The State Board of Education voted to place Charter Day School, a nonprofit that runs four Wilmington-area charter schools, on “financial probationary status” for failing to provide requested personnel information.

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Minnesota district's proposes $180 million facilities plan

All three of South Washington County Schools' high schools would be expanded, a new middle school would be built, and the district would move to buy Valley Crossing Community School as part of a $179.8 million hybrid facilities plan.

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Texas cities' high schools don't measure up

The majority of public high schools in Dallas aren’t measuring up, according to the latest Texas School Guide from Children At Risk. Over 80 percent of the city's schools are rating a D or F at the high school level. In Fort Worth, 70 percent of high schools scored the two lowest grades.

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A wakeup call for school leaders

If school leaders and teachers take steps to reestablish themselves as the preeminent authority on what it takes to turn around schools and to develop quality graduates, in years to come they will not look back at 2014 election as a defeat, but rather as a wake-up call. School leaders need to be bold in their willingness to make unpopular decisions for the success of the children and school communities.

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New York needs a stronger school plan

It is already clear that Mayor Bill de Blasio's plan — which involves giving failing schools support services — might not be sufficient to remake the city’s lowest-achieving schools. The plan could easily delay action on schools that are in desperate straits and should be reorganized or closed in fairly short order.

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Pennsylvania releases 2013-2014 school performance profiles

The state's School Performance Profiles for the 2013-2014 school year show that 72 percent of public school buildings earned a score of 70 or higher, the same percentage as in 2012-2013. The percentage of schools earning a score below 60 fell by about 1 percent.

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Seattle board rejects acquiring downtown building for school

Amid concerns about how to find enough funding for the project, Seattle school leaders voted to turn down the chance to acquire a former Federal Reserve building and turn it into an elementary school. Although the land and building would have been free, the district would have been required to spend up to $53 million for remodeling.

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Calling all ‘Districts of Distinction’

If your school district is engaged in an innovative project that is improving student outcomes, streamlining operations or meeting the needs of your community, it could be a District of Distinction. Just launched by District Administration magazine, Districts of Distinction is a national recognition program to honor school districts that are leading the way with new ideas that work.