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Troubled school districts need more than prizes

Most likely, Eli and Edythe Broad Foundation is just seeing what any close watcher of urban districts can see. It's clear to education experts that only a few traditional urban school districts favored with both strong leadership and resources can continue to improve pretty much on their own.

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Find a way to teach CPR in schools

The American Heart Association is lobbying the Florida Legislature this session to pass a bill that teaches CPR. Florida's schools are meant to teach students essential life skills. Learning how to save someone's life qualifies as critical education.

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NAO Robot available for Intelligent Laptop Cart

A+ Mobile Solutions' Aldebaran NAO Robot and its development software are available as an optional add-on to its Mobile STEM Lab - Intelligent Laptop Cart. Students can learn to program the robot to perform simple to complex behaviors using the Choregraphe software.

Burlington school board selects Yaw Obeng

Yaw Obeng, the previous superintendent in Burlington, Ontario, was chosen from a pool of 60 candidates to be the new school superintendent of Vermont's Burlington School District.

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New York school district hires Christopher Wood

The Odessa-Montour Central School District Board of Education named Christopher Wood as the district’s next superintendent. He is currently the principal of the Odessa-Montour Junior-Senior High School, a position he started in 2012.

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Arizona Senate panel approves school voucher program expansions

Students unable to enroll in the public or charter school of their choice and all children on Indian reservations would qualify for the state's private school voucher program under a pair of bills approved by an Arizona Senate committee.

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Georgia governor seeks reforms to improve failing schools

Legislation has been introduced to create an Opportunity School District that will allow the state to temporarily step in to assist chronically failing schools. The district would take in no more than 20 schools per year and schools would stay in the district for five to 10 years.

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High school graduation rate hits all-time high

The national graduation rate hit a record high of 81 percent in the 2012-13 school year, according to the Department of Education. Federal initiatives such as Race to the Top, Investing in Innovation and School Improvement Grants were credited for gains in closing achievement and opportunity gaps among students.

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West Michigan school leaders react to proposed budget

The per-student funding allocation in Gov. Rick Snyder's proposed budget concerns school leaders. Per-student foundation grants would rise by $75, but districts say certain funding cuts make the net of that much smaller and the budget doesn't factor in inflationary costs.

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Parents sue Georgia public school for holding prayer in class

Two members of Freedom From Religion Foundation are suing a south Georgia school because they say it is conducting daily prayers in class and embarrassed their children after the parents complained.

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