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Knox schools offer more incentives to attract substitutes

This week, school officials announced the system will be giving differential pay to substitutes who are licensed teachers and to teachers who have retired from the school system — which means a substitute could earn up to $164 per day with additional differential pay.

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Contra Costa County's new superintendent of schools sworn into office

The former Contra Costa County Office of Education Deputy Superintendent Karen Sakata was sworn in as the county’s new superintendent of schools. She is the California county’s first female superintendent schools, as well as the position’s first Asian American.

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Groton Superintendent James Abrams resigns

The New York district's school board accepted the resignation of Superintendent James Abrams and named J.D. Pabis as the interim schools chief.

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Harrison County superintendent to retire after 36 years

Superintendent Henry Arledge, the longest serving current superintendent in Mississippi, will not run for re-election in the fall. He plans to retire, ending a 48-year career with the district, 36 of those years as its leader.

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State considering intervention for Little Rock school district

The Arkansas Board of Education will hold a meeting later this month to consider whether the state should intervene in the Little Rock School District. The district has six schools considered under academic distress.

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Lake schools could face $1.2 million in fines for class size violations

The Florida school district could face more than $1.2 million in fines for once again exceeding constitutional class-size requirements — the highest penalty in the state other than Miami-Dade. Lake appealed the finding that 361 of its classes are over the legal capacity this school year, citing unexpected growth as a persistent challenge.

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Officials work to stop sexting, cyberbullying before cell phone ban lifted

City school officials will move to stamp out sexting and cyberbullying before they become a problem under the city’s new policy allowing students to bring cell phones to school. As part of the effort, principals will work with teachers and parents to create customized policies for students’ cell phones in their schools.

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Anonymous app hopes safety changes can reverse app store ban

The anonymous social networking app After School, which has been banned from Apple’s App Store, has added a new alert system for threats, added an online reporting form and asked suicide prevention and cyberbullying experts to join their safety board following multiple gun threats and cyberbullying incidents in 2014.

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Denver families using school choice pick highest quality schools

While Denver Public Schools has seen high rates of participation in the district’s school choice system, there are still gaps among who participates and where students request to go, according to a new report. Across all segments of the city, families are demanding higher-rated schools, but such schools are unevenly distributed.

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New York school districts scramble to create efficiency plans

This past fall, New York homeowners living in school districts that complied with the state property tax cap were mailed income tax rebate checks. That will continue in 2015, but with one caveat: school districts must create "government efficiency" plans in the next few months for state approval, in addition to complying with the tax cap.

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