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Lawsuits attempt to end federal school oversight in Mississippi

Forty-four Mississippi schools districts — the largest number in the Southeast — remain embroiled in lawsuits seeking to end decades of federal oversight. Legal battles over school desegregation have persisted since the U.S. Supreme Court’s Brown v. Board of Education decision in 1954.

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New York high school graduation rates up statewide

High school graduation rates are up slightly statewide, and so are the numbers of seniors earning high enough marks on state English and math exams to be deemed ready for college, the state Education Department reported.

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Government investigates race in Florida school discipline

Six months after the Obama administration issued new recommendations on classroom discipline – seeking to end what it sees as racial disparities – the federal government is investigating the Hillsborough County school district for its practices in dealing with violations of school rules.

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Indiana school district picks Beth Niedermeyer

Beth Niedermeyer, assistant superintendent at Hamilton Southeastern Schools, will head up Noblesville School District as superintendent. She is replacing Libbie Conner, who retires September 1, 2014.

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Gregory Myers named to lead Massachusetts district

Gregory Myers has been named as Millbury's next superintendent. The Quaboag Regional Middle-High School principal replaces Superintendent Susan T. Hitchcock, who will retire in mid-August.

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Program helps foster youths become high school grads

In California, 58 percent of foster youths graduated from high school their senior year in 2009-2010. A program in Los Angeles County has been aiming to reverse that trend. Under the initiative, a group of social workers tracks the academic progress of foster children and makes sure they stay on the path to graduation.

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School food use as compost increasing in New York

New York’s school composting efforts are part of an expanding citywide program in which residents are being asked to separate their scraps for pickups by city sanitation trucks. The city is also teaming up with districts in cities nationwide to make bulk purchases of compostable plates.

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Not so "Common Core": the reforming of educational reform

Continuous improvement is the hallmark of healthy organizations and systems. The common core standards are directed at improvement of student, teacher and school performance. By devoting the same attention and rigor to improving the standards themselves, they can evolve to deliver the maximum benefit.

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For healthier school meals, try waivers, then options

Administrators have shown they can work out the kinks of their new, healthier meal programs and increase student participation. Giving temporary waivers for the school meal nutrition requirements will enable schools who haven't done well adjusting to the new changes more time to creatively implement the programs.

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CK-12 Foundation introduces journalism FlexBook

The CK-12 Foundation has added the high school-level journalism FlexBook by Nina Scott to its free library of open-source textbooks.