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Cell phone use now allowed in New York City schools

New York City public school students were allowed to have their phones in school for the first time after the city officially ended the cell phone ban. Each school has developed its own rules for the phones, including allowing students to use them only during lunch and in designated areas.

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98 schools apply for Wisconson state voucher program

Nearly 100 private and religious schools have applied to be a part of Wisconsin's voucher program next fall. That is up from 68 schools that applied for this year. Enrollment is limited to 1,000 students, and if more than that apply, only the 25 schools with the most applicants will be allowed in the program.

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Bill to reduce regulations on school lunches in the works

Sen. John Hoeven (R-N.D.) announced plans to introduce legislation that would relax the U.S. Department of Agriculture rules for schools when it comes to serving whole grain products and reducing sodium levels.

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New Mexico high school students protest against new test

High schools throughout out New Mexico saw a massive walkout from students to welcome in the first day of testing under the state’s new PARCC standardized test.

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Many Florida districts experienced issues with new test

The debut of Florida's new computerized testing system stumbled in its first hours Monday, as more than half of the state's school districts reported trouble accessing material online.

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David J. Brand picked by New Philadelphia School District

The Ohio district chose David J. Brand to serve as its superintendent. Brand, who serves as superintendent of South Central Local Schools in Greenwich in Huron County, was selected by the board of education from seven finalists for the position.

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Arizona district hires from within for top position

Higley USD named Mike Thomason, currently the district's assistant superintendent of operations, as its next superintendent. Current Superintendent Denise Birdwell will retire at the end of the school year.

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New Jersey principal takes superintendent position

Atlantic City High School principal John DeStefano will become the new superintendent of the Buena Regional School District. He replaces Walt Whitaker, who left in December.

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Richland 1 board votes to hire Craig Witherspoon as superintendent

The South Carolina district's trustees voted to hire Craig Witherspoon, even as controversy swirled about him and another of the three top finalists and some parents sought to delay the vote. Witherspoon most recently served as superintendent of Alabama's Birmingham City Schools.

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MindPlay introduces program about dyslexia

Understanding Dyslexia, a new professional development program about dyslexia, has been launched by MindPlay as an online program that helps teachers identify and better understand students who have dyslexia.