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Florida school district partners to build new school for homeless kids

Metropolitan Ministries and the Hillsborough County Schools District are partnering to build a new school for the children that call Miracle Place their temporary home.

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Multiple districts write Mo. county prosecutor regarding grand jury decision

Seven school districts are asking St. Louis County Prosecutor Bob McCulloch to carefully consider safety concerns for students when he releases the findings of the Michael Brown grand jury. They are asking that any grand jury decision be announced either after 5 p.m. on weekdays or on a weekend.

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School should also be about learning through play

In many cities in the United States, poor children live in housing areas where drug deals, street crime, and gang violence make it too dangerous for caring parents to allow their kids to go outside to play. It makes more sense to add opportunities for children to play during the school day, not obliterate them by getting rid of sports.

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Since Newtown school attack, majority of N.J. districts have tightened security

Since the deadly school shooting in Newtown, Conn., more than 85 percent of school districts in New Jersey have taken new security measures, including adding cameras, hiring security and making building changes, according to a survey of local school officials.

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Texas Instruments and NCTM launch new resources

Under a new collaboration between Texas Instruments and The National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, the two will develop practical ideas and classroom activities to help teachers with new classroom lessons for middle grades through high school.

KIPP charter school group plans major expansion in Los Angeles area

One of the nation's largest charter school organizations has announced an ambitious expansion plan to more than double its enrollment in the Los Angeles area over the next six years. KIPP LA now operates 11 schools that serve about 4,000 students; by 2020, the organization wants to grow to 9,000 students in 20 schools.

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Skyward's Positive Attendance improves student tracking

Positive Attendance is a new feature from Skyward that automates attendance and enables schools to locate, track and moderate students within the building during the school day. Two Wisconsin-based schools have implemented Positive Attendance, which gives students the power to mark themselves present, not absent.

ISTE and the Worlddidac Association partner to advance learning with technology

The International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) and the Worlddidac Association have joined forces to offer access for educators to contemporary professional learning opportunities and resources. They will also collaborate to create environments where students have access to technology to support learning.

LAUSD scrambles to ensure technology glitches don’t affect seniors

The district's staff is scrambling to review each and every high school transcript, before anyone is denied college admission because of the district’s flawed record-keeping system. A small team of tech experts are also working to determine whether reports of flawed transcripts in the district’s defective new computer system, MiSiS, are due to systematic bugs or data errors.

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Truenorthlogic builds K12 talent management solution

Professional learning services provider Generation Ready sold its Avatar TMS to Truenorthlogic. The Avatar training management system assists human resources departments in K12 schools by automating course registration, management, and certification tracking for educators.