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What’s happening to Newark’s public schools and why

Newark Superintendent Cami Anderson and her team have developed and are prepared to implement a bold plan in 2014 to combat poor performance, underutilized, crumbling schools, administrative and support staff costs and a growing excess pool of teachers and principals, to name a few of the many issues the metro area is facing.

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New Orleans' two school systems approve landmark agreement

The Orleans Parish School Board and Recovery School District approved a major cooperative agreement that focuses on coordinating and improving services for students with disabilities, severe behavior problems, persistent truancy or criminal histories.

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IESD measures writing programs up against Common Core standards

IESD Inc. released a new white paper that documents results of its research examining how six leading elementary writing programs measure up to the requirements of the Common Core standards and research-based best practices.

Netchemia acquires online recruiting provider SchoolSpring

Netchemia, LLC, a K12 talent managment company, has acquired online recruiting and application management provider SchoolSpring, Inc. The acquisition provides Netchemia with expanded and enhanced software, services and support capabilities.

New York City mayor and charters need to reconsider stances

As for the tone of the debate, charter advocates need to put aside the hyperbole about being under siege. Mayor de Blasio needs to renounce divisive rhetoric that portrays the charters as alien institutions instead of the public schools that they actually are.

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One size doesn't fit all in holding back third-graders in Oklahoma

A new change to state law due to go into full effect this year would automatically hold back third grade students who aren't reading at grade level. But if that principle is applied in a one-size-fits-all basis for the state, the results could be devastating.

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Louisiana school employee pension debt plan advances

A state Senate panel advanced legislation aimed at helping parish school boards struggling with school employee pension costs. The Retirement Committee voted to alter the payment schedule set for eradication of the Louisiana School Employees Retirement System’s long-term debt.

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Mark Scott is top choice for Houston, Ga. superintendent

Houston County's board has named Mark Scott, former Northside High School principal and currently the assistant superintendent for human resources, as their choice to be their next superintendent. The board votes again on April 8 once his contract has been finalized to make the appointment official.

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Wis. rural school leaders believe task force proposals falling short of needs

Even before a legislative task force issues its report on the needs of rural school districts, Wisconsin superintendents are saying the recommendations won't go far enough to address problems with funding and retaining talented teachers.

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Colorado Supreme Court to hear school voucher debate

Colorado's highest court will decide the constitutionality of a Douglas County district's pilot program that would use taxpayer dollars to offer private school vouchers to hundreds of students. The decision would help bring closure to a three-year legal battle.

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