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Long-term solution needed for small schools in Indiana

One of the state's smallest school corporations, Union School Corp., needs to think big if it's to act in the best interest of its students and taxpayers with only two to three years of funds left. The dilemma facing Union is, or will soon be, faced by other school corporations in Indiana. Union might be the first domino to fall but the course it charts will be watched closely.

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Better critical thinking through philosophy

There is a deeper crisis in American education that cannot be solved by better curriculum or more demanding tests. More and more high school graduates lack fundamental critical thinking skills: Without explicit instruction they are unable to identify a problem, formulate a question and offer a solution.

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New York tax exemption may cost too much

It is rewarding to give a tax break to those who deserve it. It is not such an easy decision when giving that break means a higher tax rate for people who are already struggling to pay their bills. By allowing school districts to grant property tax exemptions to veterans, New York is essentially pitting taxpayers against each other and sticking school boards with making the call.

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Classworks Adds Variety of Enhancements

Classworks recently added enhancements to its online instructional platform for kindergarten through ninth grade. New developments include integrated reading activities, a student score dashboard, math resources (also available in the Google Chrome Store), and LTI integration and Google Single Sign-on options.

Viridis Learning expands online workforce education collection

Viridis Learning signed a partnership agreement with Pearson to expand its collection of online course offerings by providing users access to Pearson Workforce Education online courses. The added curriculum includes advanced manufacturing, green/sustainability, health careers and other courses.

New ACT Aspire student progress component revealed

ACT Aspire, LLC launched Periodic Assessments, the second major component of the ACT Aspire Assessment System. The system provides short-duration, revealing assessments that produce snapshots of achievement at intervals throughout the year.

School efficiency chair recommends consolidation incentives in Kansas

A controversial new school efficiency panel has drafted a list of policy recommendations, including incentives for Kansas school districts to consolidate, and potential restrictions on teacher bargaining rights and state aid for bond issues.

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Florida district's school guards will not be armed

The Manatee School District’s new elementary school security guards will be unarmed due to legal concerns. The district will wait for a legal interpretation decision to be made by Florida's attorney general on schools and weapons. The decision is another twist in the district’s controversial decision to hire a private firm, Sarasota Security Patrol Inc., to post armed guards at its elementaries.

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New Pennsylvania bills aims to arm school teachers, employees

Pennsylvania law forbids guns in schools, but there is a carve-out for firearms used for lawful purposes. A new bill would clarify ambiguous language and offer the option of extra protection for rural districts that rely on state police.

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Wisconsin school report cards show modest improvement from last year

Schools and districts in the state made modest gains in performance this past school year, according to report cards released by the Department of Public Instruction. Overall, four out of five schools and nearly all districts met or exceeded expectations. There were 116 schools that received the highest rating, up from 86 the previous year.

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