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N.Y. Regents approve testing students on vocational skills

New York students will have more ways to earn a high school diploma under a change approved by state education leaders. The plan approved by the Board of Regents would let students replace one of the social studies exams with a comparable exam in a trade.

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New MimioBoard touch board enhances classroom collaboration

Mimio has expanded its MimioClassroom suite of products to a full range of interactive teaching technology options for collaborative activities and lessons. The Touch 360° interactive technology of the newest MimioBoard touch board accommodates up to six single-point touch users or three dual-touch and gestures users.

Retirement on the horizon for Pa. school leader

Council Rock Superintendent of Schools Mark Klein is retiring at the end of the current school year. Klein has been with the Pennsylvania district for almost four decades, starting as a classroom teacher, moving to principal and then to superintendent.

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N.Y. school cancels football season amid bullying allegations

School leaders at Monroe-Woodbury High School have canceled the remainder of the season for the junior varsity team. The decision comes after some players at the Orange County school came forward with complaints about verbal abuse between teammates.

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Mark Rosekrans gets contract as Michigan district's new superintendent

Mark Rosekrans, who has been serving as interim superintendent, has been named as the permanent superintendent for Charlotte's schools. Rosekrans is a 25-year employee with the district and has served as associate superintendent for operations for the past 15 years.

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InFocus expands low-cost 1080p HD projector lineup

InFocus Corporation's new projectors, comprised of the IN118HDa, short-throw IN118HDSTa and networkable IN2128HDa, each feature high brightness, Eco Blanking for extended lamp life, HDMI connectivity, are 3D ready and are portable at less than 8 lbs.

Writing program added to Curriculum Associates's Ready offerings

Curriculum Associates has expanded its Ready programs with the launch of Ready Writing for grades 2–5. The program provides educators with rigorous instructional materials as well as professional development resources to help students meet the writing expectations of the new Common Core Standards. The program also works with any ELA curriculum.

Edchat Interactive launched for online professional development

Steven Anderson, Tom Whitby and Mitch Weisburgh have launched Edchat Interactive, an online professional development web solution with live interactions. Participants in the inaugural October 22 interactive session will examine how connectedness empowers educators to be better professionals, to share tips and techniques to save time, to overcome obstacles, and to develop new skills.

Local Florida program helps inmates earn diplomas online

A Pensacola-based online education program is partnering with the Florida Department of Corrections to help state inmates earn high school diplomas. In the coming weeks, Smart Horizons Career Online Education and the FDOC Online Campus will begin online education programs at seven correctional facilities throughout the state.

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Tennessee district superintendent announces retirement

Elizabethton Superintendent of Schools Ed Alexander plans to retire in January 2015 after eight years as superintendent and 39 years with the city school system.

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