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School district's teachers agree to work without pay

One of Pennsylvania's poorest school districts says it cannot afford to pay its staff amid an entrenched state budget stalemate. Chester Upland School District said it cannot meet a scheduled payroll on September 9. Teachers and support staff voted to continue working if they are not paid, and the fall semester was scheduled to start next week.

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Fit, healthy kids do better in school, especially math

The familiar saying that exercise is good for the body and mind may be especially true for children. Kids who are physically fit actually have differences in their brain structures that might allow them to do better in math, according to a new study.

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Children don’t have right to switch schools, appeals court rules

Public-school parents don’t have a constitutional right to decide where to send their children to school, the Eighth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled. It rejected claims by a group of Arkansas parents that they had a right to transfer their kids out of a struggling school district to neighboring districts where they thought the children could be better educated.

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State identifies 119 schools making significant progress in closing achievement gaps

In reading, 43 percent of the Minnesota’s schools met all of their 2015 targets, and an additional 22 percent met all but one target. According the new Minnesota Department of Education report, 41 percent of schools met 2015 targets in math, and an additional 21 percent of schools met all but one target.

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State Supreme Court asked to drop school finance lawsuit

“Money isn’t pixie dust” when it comes to improving public schools, lawyers for the state of Texas told the state Supreme Court, arguing an appeal in what has been described as the most far-reaching school finance case in state history. They urged the high court to either dismiss or remand the lawsuit brought by nearly two-thirds of the state's school districts.

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New French iBook textbooks released for digital learning

The 2015 Breaking the French Barrier series of iBooks textbooks is now available for download on Apple’s iBooks Store. Audio recordings of native speakers, accompany each sample sentence. The 2015 series also introduces a new feature, Voyons Voir, virtual blackboard lessons that highlight key grammatical points.

Partnership transforms school makerspaces and STEAM labs

Run in zSpace, the Leopoly 3D creation app provides entry-level training courses, sample lessons and guides to learn how to customize and prepare digital objects for 3D printing.

Why school superintendents should act more like CEOs

A school district superintendent will never get paid like a private sector CEO, but that does not mean they should not act like one. Make no apology for hiring a leadership team. Tell the story of your vision. Celebrate success.

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Program debuted to pinpoint address fraud

SRC Solutions, Inc. launched Address Purification Gateway with Student Move Management to combat address fraud and "zone jumping". The program helps districts figure out how many students are attending its schools illegally.

Texas school finance needs repair again

Despite the fact that lawmakers have restored much of the funding that was cut in 2011, the state is not keeping up with the needs of a growing student population, including an increasing number of students who are more expensive to educate because they are low-income and, in many cases, learning English.

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