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Decline of back-to-school spending reflects new consumer habits

As consumers increasingly stock up on back-to-school essentials throughout the year, and simultaneously shift their view as to what constitutes a school item in the first place, a new study has found that parents of K12 children plan to spend $434 on back-to-school items this year — a 20 percent decline.

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School districts in Ohio cutting librarians

In the past 10 years, the number of librarians, or full-time equivalents, in Ohio public schools has dropped by 43 percent, from 1,628 in the 2004-05 school year to 923 in the 2013-14 year, according to the Ohio Department of Education.

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Story2 launches enhanced online college essay toolkit

The enhanced version of Story2's EssayBuilder product line will expand students’ ability to plan and complete admission, scholarship and honors program essays. The new College Essay Planner enables students to research colleges, and find the prompts and deadlines for the additional essays those colleges require.

Central Berkshire schools tap assistant as next superintendent

Laurie Casna, who has served as assistant superintendent for the past year for the Massachusetts district, will replace retiring Superintendent Robert Putnam. The Central Berkshire Regional School District will consolidate the assistant superintendent position she is vacating with its business administrator position.

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Arizona facing shortage of superintendents

In the upcoming school year, 47 of the state’s 225 public school districts will have new superintendents. For many of them it will be their first time on the job. This year’s superintendent turnover rate is the highest in five years.

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Massachusetts tech school selects superintendent

The Shawsheen Valley Regional Vocational -Technical School Committee voted for Timothy Broadrick to replace retiring Superintendent Charlie Lyons. Broadrick will move from his current role as director of technical programs to the superintendent’s office.

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Audit: N.C. schools misspent Medicaid dollars

The Public Schools of Robeson County unknowingly misspent about $3 million in Medicaid reimbursements intended for students with disabilities. The report suggests that other districts in the state failed to spend the money properly because of misinformation provided by the state’s Department of Public Instruction regarding how it should be used.

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Poverty affects education — and our systems perpetuate it

Funding education via property taxes aligned to varying algorithms of local, state and federal streams results in fundamental inequities. Such systems reward those who require the least rewarding and instruct those living in the poorest areas that the only way out is to relocate.

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New database spotlights successful STEM programs

Seven programs are the first to be accepted into the new Colorado STEMworks database, which was launched to identify and promote effective STEM education program in the state. The programs also will become part of Change the Equation’s national database.

Wisconsin districts broadens agreement with Discovery Education

D.C. Everest Area School District expanded its partnership with Discovery Education. Students districtwide will have access to Discovery Education’s series of math, science and social studies digital textbooks.