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School reformers should study what works in other countries

One of the challenges with education reform is that it is inherently political, with people seeming to demand immediate and overwhelming results. Politicians and educators would do well to examine what other nations are doing.

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Two Mass. schools placed on probation by education board

The Massachusetts Board of Elementary and Secondary Education approved probation for a Boston charter school and for the state’s first virtual public school, citing low achievement and other issues. Failure to show academic improvement in a year could lead to closure.

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For more teens, arrests by police replace school discipline

Some jurisdictions are so overwhelmed that they are experimenting with routing schoolchildren into specially designed courts that would keep first-time offenders from being saddled with an arrest record. Others have passed new laws or policies to dial back police involvement in school discipline.

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The short shelf life of urban school superintendents

Superintendents tend to get hired, and fired, pretty quickly regardless of whether they consider themselves reformers. What's been called the "revolving door" of urban superintendents has created a lot of policy angst over whether they can be effective in that short a time period.

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In New York City, 15 of 42 superintendents replaced

Nearly 36 percent of New York City's 42 city school superintendents have been replaced as Chancellor Carmen Fariña enacts a plan to fix the city’s troubled classrooms. Her goal is to create a highly experienced group of superintendents capable of whipping the nation’s largest school system into shape.

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Louisiana schools show modest improvement in 2014

Louisiana Superintendent of Education John White delivered the news of steady progress and modest improvements by the state's public school students with words of caution — it's good news, but it may not last for long.

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Research partnership launched to develop speech recognition

Sesame Workshop and ToyTalk signed a two-year collaborative agreement to develop speech recognition for early learning and advance literacy learning among preschool-aged children.

Launch of free language learning app for over 30 languages

The Vocabulary Trainer mobile app has been launched by LanguageCourse.net. With over 30 languages offered, users gain access to over ten thousand words and phrases and can choose among courses that cover slang, travel phrases, business terms, vocabulary for special exams such as the TOEFL or frequently used words.

N.Y. Regents approve testing students on vocational skills

New York students will have more ways to earn a high school diploma under a change approved by state education leaders. The plan approved by the Board of Regents would let students replace one of the social studies exams with a comparable exam in a trade.

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New MimioBoard touch board enhances classroom collaboration

Mimio has expanded its MimioClassroom suite of products to a full range of interactive teaching technology options for collaborative activities and lessons. The Touch 360° interactive technology of the newest MimioBoard touch board accommodates up to six single-point touch users or three dual-touch and gestures users.