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SEC hits charter operator on school deal

United Neighborhood Organization has agreed to have an outside monitor review its contracts for a year to settle a U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission complaint that the charter school group operator defrauded investors in a $37.5 million bond offering by misleading them about conflicts of interest in giving contracts.

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Judge in Texas school finance case should be removed, state argues

State attorneys filed a motion seeking to remove the presiding judge in the long-running Texas school finance case because of alleged improper communications – primarily e-mails – between the judge and lawyers for the plaintiff school districts.

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Do autistic kids fare better in integrated or specialized schools?

Federal law states that students are entitled to an appropriate public education in the least restrictive environment. Some parents feel their local public schools aren't meeting their children's needs and see specialized schools for autistic children as a godsend. For others, they raise a new set of questions about segregation.

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New Indiana charter school will offer hope for at-risk youth

The Indianapolis Charter School Board approved the opening of Francis Marion Academy, a school expected to be within Indianapolis Public Schools, to focus on students released from detention and those suspended or expelled from their home school.

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Walter Dansby resigns as Fort Worth superintendent

School Superintendent Walter Dansby offered his resignation as the Texas district's leader. He first joined the school district as a teacher and coach in 1974. Dansby continued to rise through administrative roles overseeing instruction, athletics, student affairs and maintenance.

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Foundation boosts grants for school arts programs

The Oregon Community Foundation has announced a new statewide arts education initiative. Studio to School is a multi-year grant program to support collaborative projects between schools and community arts organizations to design and deliver sustainable arts education opportunities that have the potential for replication.

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New Habits of Mind instructional animation series launched

The Institute for Habits of Mind and WonderGrove Studios launched a new series of instructional animations based on 16 Habits of Mind. Each instructional animation includes 20 related extension lessons that can be used to reinforce the Habits of Mind. All materials are available in both English and Spanish.

InFocus Mondopad family grows with 80-inch boardroom tablet

InFocus Corporation has added an 80-inch Mondopad to its family of large-format touchscreen conference room tablets. InFocus has also released a new version of the Mondopad software with many enhanced features.

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Pasadena Unified School District’s efforts to fight truancy paying off

Average daily attendance in the Pasadena Unified School District during fall semester of 2013 was higher than during the same period in 2012, according to the truancy data. The higher attendance equals more dollars for the district.

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Missouri bill to let concealed weapons into schools raises eyebrows

Lawmakers in Jefferson City said the legislation would protect students from intruders and reduce the risk of a deadly mass shooting such as the one in 2012 at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn.

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