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Nevada Senate approves bill for private school vouchers

The state Senate narrowly passed a bill paying approximately $5,000 to any family who pulls their child out of public school to attend private or home school. Students in poverty or special education would get 100 percent of the average state education funding, while all other students would receive 90 percent.

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Washington County Public Schools hires PlanMember Services

The Maryland school system has enlisted PlanMember Services Corporation and its Columbia-based financial center, Paladin Advisor Group, to provide a comprehensive array of supplemental 403(b) products and services to help Washington County Public Schools' employees plan for retirement.

Don't count PARCC while fixes unfold

New Jersey legislators should follow through in blocking the state's education commissioner from punishing students because of high opt-out rates. They should take statewide action to prevent PARCC scores from being used in any way for student placement or teacher evaluations for at least three years. The tests simply aren't ready to carry such high stakes.

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Legislators consider state money for outdoor school programs

Oregon lawmakers are considering bills to provide statewide funding for Outdoor School programs. Outdoor School is usually a budget item for local school boards. Advocates are pushing for statewide support through the use of unclaimed bottle deposit money or regional garbage fees.

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Pennsylvania districts tighten social media contacts among teachers, students

A rash of local teachers charged with having sexual relationships with students raises the question of whether there is an increase in the number of sexual predators among teachers or simply heightened awareness and increased reporting. Several districts are requiring that staff members use social media tools created and monitored by the district to communicate with students.

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School districts struggle with hard realities

Each year at budget time, the aspirations that Maine school districts have for the education they provide run up against the cold, hard reality of steadily rising costs, additional mandates and, increasingly, diminished state aid. The delay as school districts and towns struggle to limit tax increases while still offering an adequate education is slowly killing both school districts and taxpayers.

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Change needed in school testing rule in Washington state

About 2,000 high school seniors will fail to graduate this year despite many having enough credits because they didn’t pass an end-of-course test for biology in 10th grade or meet the state academic standard through an alternative approach that evaluates classroom work samples. New legislation needs to find a compromise to reduce testing but retain standards for learning.

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A basketball-themed Go Math! Academy created for New England

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (HMH) and the Boston Celtics launched SCORE with Go Math! Academy and the Boston Celtics, an online math resource for third through fifth graders in New England schools based on a basketball-themed version of HMH’s Go Math! Academy.

Florida district adopts ClassLink as its single sign-on solution

Orange County Public Schools, the 10th largest district in the United States and the fourth largest in Florida, recently adopted ClassLink districtwide. ClassLink will provide the district’s 180,000 students and 21,000 staff with single sign-on accessible from any device.

San Francisco school leaders might limit school enrollment to residents

The California city's public school leaders may restrict enrollment at a prestigious arts school to city residents only. The proposal comes after years of concern on the Board of Education that San Francisco students lack access to Ruth Asawa San Francisco School of the Arts with about 14 percent of students currently enrolled living outside the city.

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