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New Indiana charter school will offer hope for at-risk youth

The Indianapolis Charter School Board approved the opening of Francis Marion Academy, a school expected to be within Indianapolis Public Schools, to focus on students released from detention and those suspended or expelled from their home school.

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Walter Dansby resigns as Fort Worth superintendent

School Superintendent Walter Dansby offered his resignation as the Texas district's leader. He first joined the school district as a teacher and coach in 1974. Dansby continued to rise through administrative roles overseeing instruction, athletics, student affairs and maintenance.

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Foundation boosts grants for school arts programs

The Oregon Community Foundation has announced a new statewide arts education initiative. Studio to School is a multi-year grant program to support collaborative projects between schools and community arts organizations to design and deliver sustainable arts education opportunities that have the potential for replication.

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New Habits of Mind instructional animation series launched

The Institute for Habits of Mind and WonderGrove Studios launched a new series of instructional animations based on 16 Habits of Mind. Each instructional animation includes 20 related extension lessons that can be used to reinforce the Habits of Mind. All materials are available in both English and Spanish.

InFocus Mondopad family grows with 80-inch boardroom tablet

InFocus Corporation has added an 80-inch Mondopad to its family of large-format touchscreen conference room tablets. InFocus has also released a new version of the Mondopad software with many enhanced features.

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Pasadena Unified School District’s efforts to fight truancy paying off

Average daily attendance in the Pasadena Unified School District during fall semester of 2013 was higher than during the same period in 2012, according to the truancy data. The higher attendance equals more dollars for the district.

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Missouri bill to let concealed weapons into schools raises eyebrows

Lawmakers in Jefferson City said the legislation would protect students from intruders and reduce the risk of a deadly mass shooting such as the one in 2012 at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn.

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New Orleans closes its last traditional schools

In New Orleans, school is out for the summer. But in the city's largest school district, the last traditional public schools have closed their doors permanently, making this the first all-charter district in the country. This transition started after Hurricane Katrina ravaged the city in 2005.

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Say Yes steps up yet again, this time preserving summer school

The effort is being made so that those children will have the benefits of the extended learning time that raises the chances for academic success. The program involves Say Yes partnering with a number of stakeholders, including the school district.

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Being principal for day good lesson in public education

Regardless of where you fall upon the spectrum, it is striking to see the lengths to which schools go these days to mold education to the needs of students, rather than bending students to the needs of education. If you ask me, that’s a good thing.

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