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Louisiana to proceed immediately with national Common Core tests

Education Superintendent John White said that Louisiana's public elementary and middle schools will immediately proceed with plans to use a new, national Common Core test for English and mathematics. His statement comes shortly after a Baton Rouge judge lifted the state administration's freeze of a key testing contract.

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Despite concerns, school board confirms Utah interim superintendent

The state school board voted to officially appoint Joel Coleman as interim state superintendent despite objections about his wife’s pending lawsuit against education officials and his lack of public school teaching experience. Coleman is currently superintendent of the Utah Schools for the Deaf and the Blind.

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Mobile County system rolls out state's first propane autogas bus fleet

The Alabama district has purchased 30 buses that will use propane autogas instead of diesel fuel. The Blue Bird Propane Vision buses, which use Rousch CleanTech autogas fuel systems, are projected to reduce the system's fuel and maintenance costs.

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New York district ends search for new school superintendent

A new superintendent has been selected to head the Monticello Central School District just ahead of current Superintendent Daniel Teplesky’s scheduled retirement. Tammy Mangus, the district's current assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction, will be the next superintendent.

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U.S. Department of Education projects public schools will be ‘majority-minority’ this fall

It’s not certain that minorities will become the majority this fall in the nation’s classrooms because government enrollment data — as opposed to enrollment projections — won’t be available for a few years. Altered projections can throw off landmark demographic moments.

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Angela Pringle selected as Richmond County schools superintendent

The Georgia county's board of education selected Angela Pringle as their next superintendent, officially ending their search just days before current Superintendent Frank Roberson leaves his office. Pringle is currently superintendent for the DeKalb County school system.

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Washington, D.C., mayor accepts updated school boundaries

Mayor Vincent Gray accepted final recommendations to update assignment policies and school boundaries that have not been reviewed in more than 40 years. The new boundaries and assignment polices will go into effect for the 2015-1016. Children who are currently enrolled in school will not be required to change schools.

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Connecticut announces funding for 30 school districts

Connecticut announced that $132 million dollars will go to 30 school districts in the Alliance District Program to help close achievement gaps. The program is a partnership between struggling school districts and the state.

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Maryland school system unveils new elementary pilot program

Anne Arundel County public schools will launch a pilot program this new school year giving some elementary school students instruction in specific themes, including global studies, arts and the humanities, and the use of science and technology in society.

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Arizona must boost school funding immediately

Arizona must immediately increase its funding for public schools by about $317 million, a judge has ruled. The money is the first payment on a bill that will total $1.6 billion over five years. The judgment was issued in a lawsuit that alleged the state shorted the public-school system for four years during the recession when it did not fully cover the annual cost of inflation.

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