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Bob Gold heads to Arizona DOE as associate superintendent

Illinois' District 140 School Board accepted the resignation of Superintendent Bob Gold and appointed middle school principal Bob Bardwell to the position. Gold, who has served Congerville-Eureka-Goodfield schools for 20 years, will begin in July as associate superintendent of highly effective schools for the Arizona Department of Education.

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Ashley Judd to be new ISTE opening keynote

The International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) announced that actor and global humanitarian, Ashley Judd, will give the opening keynote at ISTE 2014. Actor America Ferrera, previously scheduled to speak, is unable to attend due to a scheduling conflict. Part idea incubator and part collaborative workspace, the ISTE annual conference, to be held June 28 – July 1 in Atlanta.

Ohio school safety proposal includes funds, penalties

Ohio schools would get $17 million in state aid for security upgrades while superintendents failing to submit emergency management plans would face penalties under a new school safety proposal.

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Illinois passes bill requiring storm shelter in new school construction

Legislation requiring any new school construction to include storm shelters has been sent to the governor for approval. The Illinois Senate approved HB 2513, which mandates that any new school construction or remodeling that includes classroom space must include a storm shelter.

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Cleveland school construction plan to be revealed

The Ohio school district will soon announce its recommendations for building, demolishing, closing, combining and renovating school buildings. The state of Ohio pays two thirds of the bill for building or renovating schools in Cleveland, so each local tax dollar spent brings back $2 from the state.

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$60 million Texas stadium deemed unsafe for football

One of the most expensive high school football stadiums in America will be closed this fall because the concrete is cracking, and a report commissioned by the Texas school district says it may not have been designed to code.

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Teachers' report says Chicago broke promises on benefits of school closings

Despite promises by Chicago Public Schools to reinvest in classrooms the money saved by closing a historic number of schools one year ago, the Chicago Teachers Union says that the district spent most of those millions elsewhere.

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Colorado school funding signed into law

Two bills aimed at restoring school budgets have been signed into law. One of the K12 bills includes $110 million for public school districts to begin restoring recession cuts. That bill also sets aside money for certain programs, including $20 million for early literacy programs and up to $40 million from marijuana taxes for school construction.

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Tennessee late in delivering TCAP scores to schools

As the state trims the number of items being tested, officials are waiting on the more thorough statistical analysis of TCAP scores before releasing the quick scores. The delay complicates student report cards, as state law requires schools to use TCAP results for 15 to 25 percent of students' final grades in third through eighth grades.

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Normandy sues Missouri, 20 other districts over school transfer law

Normandy School District has filed a petition challenging the federal and state constitutionality of the law that has forced the unaccredited Normandy district to pay transportation and tuition expenses for about 1,000 children who left for higher-performing schools this year. The school transfer law has left the district nearly insolvent.

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