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$191 million more requested for school construction in Maryland county

A proposal from County Executive Isiah Leggett would increase spending for school construction by $191.2 million to speed up the construction of 14 additions, 20 renovations, and one new school and one alternative school in Montgomery County.

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Alabama school district chooses GuideK12

Mobile County Public Schools, the largest school district in Alabama with more than 58,000 students, selected GuideK12's geovisual analytics to assess the district's data for boundary analysis, program placement, resource placement, emergency planning and proactive decision-making.

Vernier expands its data-logging capabilities for Chromebooks

Developed specifically for the Chrome operating system, Vernier Software & Technology's free Graphical Analysis app teachers and students to collect and share scientific data using Chromebooks.

MetaMetrics and EvoText enter partnership

Under a new partnership agreement, MetaMetrics’ Lexile Analyzer technology will be incorporated into EvoText, LLC's Ogment, a cloud-based K12 lesson creation tool for teachers.

Make Wyoming's school chief an expert, not a politician

The state constitution only requires a person running for state superintendent be at least age 25, a U.S. citizen and a qualified elector. Perhaps when the state was in its infancy, those qualifications were enough. But we need to require more qualifications by appointing, rather than electing, a superintendent of public instruction.

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Half of Kentucky's kindergartners not ready for school

Half of the state's kindergartners started this school year lacking basic skills they need to be ready to succeed in school, according to the results of a statewide readiness test. The findings statewide and in local school districts showed that not much has changed since last year's results.

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New Indiana bill calls for death penalty in school shootings

Legislation that would allow prosecutors to seek the death penalty for murders committed on school grounds could make its way to the Senate floor during the 2015 Indiana General Assembly.

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Proposed overhaul of Illinois school funding amended

A proposed Illinois bill to overhaul the state’s nearly 20-year-old school funding formula will now include a new provision accounting for regional cost differences, such as higher teacher salaries in districts where the cost of living is higher.

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School Specialty launches curriculum-based security initiative

SSI GUARDIAN is a new curriculum-based security and preparedness program from School Specialty, Inc. that is focused on strengthening campus and school safety by providing administrators with the professional development tools to address safety and risk mitigation.

Tennessee bills aimed at Achievement School District

A state representative will file bills placing some limits on the way the Tennessee Achievement School District takes over a school. Another bill proposed last week would require the district to hire back 30 percent of teachers with high performance marks upon a charter school takeover.

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