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New Learning.com product helps districts manage digital content

Learning.com has launched Curriculum Foundry, a solution that helps districts use digital content to meet their instructional goals, facilitate personalized learning and address budget challenges. Curriculum Foundry provides a searchable content repository that includes vetted open education resources and a district’s existing digital content.

SIIA's releases report showing increasing need for technology

The Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA) released its 2014 Vision K-20 Survey Report. The report suggests that only 40 percent of K12 education institutions feel prepared for upcoming online assessments while respondents expect an increase in the use of BYOD technology.

Copia customizes digital learning platform for Utah districts

Copia Interactive is partnering with Utah’s State Office of Education to digitally deliver a statewide Open Educational Resources program focused on state-created science content.

Parent group wants state to impose school transfer plan in New York

District Parent Coordinating Council is calling on state education officials to appoint a special master to develop and implement a transfer plan to find seats in good schools for all Buffalo Public Schools students who want to be transferred out of failing schools.

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Test scores flatten for middle grades, rise in high school in Tennessee

The state's latest round of results on end-of-year tests show a strong bounce in most high school subjects, but a slight drop in junior-level English and a flattening at the middle-school level after years of growth in those grades.

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Louisiana district to consider first turn-around charter school

Jefferson Parish public school officials are poised to approve a contract for their first turn-around charter school. The School Board will consider giving the national Celerity Educational Group of Los Angeles a charter to run the chronically low-performing Woodmere Elementary in Harvey.

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Troubled Normandy restarts as new school district

All staff contracts became void when the north St. Louis County district in Missouri lapsed on June 30 at midnight. Of the 102 teachers who have been offered jobs in the new district, the majority are returning teachers — those with the best attendance records, the best performance evaluations, and those who were most effective in the classroom, state education officials have said.

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Dallas-Fort Worth school construction among the most expensive in Texas

The state comptroller’s office released its first public school construction survey, which measured costs for Texas schools that opened between 2007 and 2013. Data shows that Dallas-Fort Worth is the Texas metro area with the most expensive schools, second only to San Antonio.

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Wisconsin district proposes $24 million referendum to upgrade, expand facilities

The Madison School District has put forward a $27 million plan to upgrade or expand more than a dozen school buildings with financing from a proposed bond issue and the district’s capital maintenance operating budget over two years.

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Syracuse board creates bilingual kindergarten school

The New York district is creating a new school that will serve only kindergartners and may last only a year as the district phases out the current elementary school and phases in Delaware Primary. It will be the district's first "one-way bilingual immersion" program. Kindergartners whose first language is Spanish will receive 60 percent of their instruction in Spanish.

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