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Communication tool debuted by GuideK12

GuideK12 launched SchoolSearch, an online communication tool that districts can provide to parents for more informed decisions on school locations and boundaries and program selection.

Pasco may formally oppose over-testing

Pasco County is poised to become the latest school district to take a formal stance against the direction of Florida's testing and accountability system. Board members are concerned about the number of tests and how quickly the state is switching to tests associated with the Common Core State Standards.

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Number of homeless students at record high in W.Va. schools

A record number of homeless students are attending West Virginia’s public schools, according to the National Center for Homeless Education. Of the over 8,300 students labeled as homeless last school year, about 70 percent of those students are living with grandparents or several family members. Nearly 25 percent are living in shelters.

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Professional development takes off on Twitter

Twitter has become the new education conference—and it’s in session all day, every day of the year. Principals, teachers, tech experts and other educators have created dozens of robust, professional learning networks—also called Twitter chats—to share solutions to common challenges.

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Snow days turn digital at more schools

Sledding hills across the country may be quieter this winter as snowstorms no longer mean a break from schoolwork. An increasing number of districts are using e-learning to keep class in session during bad weather.

New superintendent named for Central Valley School District

The New York district appointed Richard Hughes as superintendent to replace the current interim superintendent of the recently merged district. Hughes has served as superintendent at Otselic Valley Central School District for the past four years.

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Superintendent Heath Morrison to resign in North Carolina

In a sudden and unexpected departure, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools Superintendent Heath Morrison said he’s resigning for family reasons. Deputy Superintendent Ann Clark, who was one of the other finalists for superintendent when Morrison was hired in 2012, will take over the interim role.

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In New Jersey, local school board hires Geoffrey Zoeller

The Rochelle Park Board of Education hired Geoffrey Zoeller, former superintendent of the Westwood Regional School District, as its superintendent for four and a half years.

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Indiana's school voucher program needs analysis

With no evaluation, all that’s clear is that more families are taking advantage of the state’s voucher program. But policymakers don’t know why. And that’s truly important, especially as lawmakers consider whether to make changes in the voucher program and on how much to spend on education overall.

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Louisiana voucher school scores remain low in 2014

Less than half of the Louisiana voucher students who took the LEAP and iLEAP exams passed this year: 44 percent, according to data released by the Louisiana Department of  Education. In comparison, 69 percent of public school students passed those exams statewide.

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