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Special education needs to be a budget priority

Since 2003, the number of Massachusetts special needs students has increased by over 6 percent. That is a challenge facing all schools and educators and we must continue to invest in cost-effective, innovative programs that prepare students to become productive members of society, hold jobs, contribute to the economy, and live as independently as possible.

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New Chicago charter school on hold due to FBI probe

A new charter school in Illinois won’t open as planned next month in a building owned by a politically connected pastor’s church because of a federal investigation involving charter operator Concept Schools.

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Lenovo and the National Academy Foundation launch Lenovo Scholar Network

Lenovo signed an agreement with the National Academy Foundation (NAF) to bring a mobile app development curriculum and delivery program to NAF academies. The Lenovo Scholar Network program provides STEM curriculum and technology exposure for high school students.

Early look at school grades shows up and downs as Florida pivots to a new system

Tampa Bay area schools saw a variety of results in their state grades delivered to districts, with many showing improvement and several dropping a level. Superintendents across Florida have called for a three-year transition period to the new accountability system, with no penalties assessed during that period.

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Group analyzes Minnesota city's school suspensions

A Saint Paul School District group, Solutions in Action, was formed to look at why black students are suspended more than others. The answers as to "why" ranged from lack of respect for black students, racial tension in the classroom between students and lack of teachers of color.

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Philadelphia school district trimming hundreds of jobs through layoffs

More than 300 pink slips are going out in the Philadelphia School District. The layoffs are reportedly not related to the cigarette tax standoff in the capital but rather are the result of principals preparing budgets at their respective schools.

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Massachusetts' district brings in BeSafe Technologies

BeSafe Technologies has been awarded a contract with the Attleboro School Department to secure its eleven school sites. The agreement provides for the installation and training necessary to provide a computerized floor plan and emergency response information system that can be kept updated on demand, as often as needed, as school layouts and information change.

The untapped potential of teacher networks

While there are certainly simpler ways to network teachers, investing in the infrastructure to build network organizations has the potential to move the profession, and with it, the quality of teaching and learning everywhere.

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New superintendent named in Missouri's Seneca district

The School Board announced that Jim Cummins, Crowder College’s vice president of finance, has been selected as the Seneca School District’s new superintendent.

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