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Kansas schools not exploiting school finance formula

The rising percentage of Kansas children who receive free or reduced-price lunches at school is a genuine trend linked to poverty, not a ploy to boost school funding, the Kansas Association of School Boards said. The report is a response to questions concerning why the percentage is climbing and whether the increase might be linked to schools gaming the system to exploit changes in the state’s school finance formula.

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San Francisco board delays decision on altering school assignment system

An effort to tweak San Francisco's school assignment system in favor of neighborhood schools has been delayed. If the board opts to change the system in the spring, it would leave more time to adjust the formula and inform parents ahead of the 2016-2017 fall-winter school assignment process than if it changed it now for 2015-2016.

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To keep poor students in school, provide social services

Children living in poverty are by far the most likely to be chronically absent from school. The key to helping solve this problem is to put dedicated social-service specialists in every low-performing, high-poverty school. It is low-cost way of avoiding bigger problems down the road.

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Let them sleep: Pediatricians' group recommends delaying start times

The American Academy of Pediatrics released a statement recommending that middle and high schools delay the start of class to 8:30 a.m. or later to align school schedules to adolescents' biological sleep rhythms. Studies show that adolescents who don’t get enough sleep often suffer physical and mental health problems, an increased risk of automobile accidents and a decline in academic performance. 

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Texas Education Agency approves SPARK Coordinated School Health program

SPARK was selected by the Texas Education Agency as one of three state-approved Coordinated School Health programs for K8 students. The SPARK program gives districts tools to provide physical education and physical activity, as well as health education and nutrition education.

LearnZillion releases Common Core-aligned lesson plans

More than 750 free, standards-aligned lesson plans in math and English language arts have been added to LearnZillion's offerings. The new lesson plans, designed for use on any web-connected device, were created by LearnZillion's Dream Team of teachers recruited from 42 states.

Seventh largest district adopts Follett’s Destiny Library Manager

Houston Independent School District has adopted Follett’s Destiny Library Manager for its new centralized, integrated library management solution. Destiny Library Manager will be implemented later this year throughout the 212,000-student district, which is comprised of 86 certified libraries and 282 campuses.

Capstone acquires Engage Literacy program

Capstone has acquired the assets of Engage Literacy, a comprehensive K3 literacy program, from Australian-based Hinkler Education. Engage Literacy focuses on written and oral language, including leveled readers with fiction and non-fiction texts paired by theme and level.

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Mississippi treasurer pushes for financial literacy education

According to a 2013 report by the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA), "Mississippi stood out as the least financially capable state, placing in the bottom five in four out of five measures."

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Vermont board of education opposes NCLB

The board is calling on Congress and the Obama administration to amend the act "to reduce testing mandates."

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