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Washington law means new graduation requirements for seniors

A new law is getting rid of a 2008 state-mandated graduation requirement for seniors to complete a yearlong culminating project. However, local school boards will ultimately be allowed to decide whether to keep the senior project for the class of 2015 and beyond.

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International Baccalaureate program grows to five more Illinois schools

Chicago is adding the International Baccalaureate model to five more elementary and middle schools this fall. The expansion covers about 1,500 students and will provide updated art, science and library facilities and training for teachers and staff.

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Penn. district revises recovery plan after finding $11 million

Harrisburg revised its district recovery plan after finding $11 million in its coffers. As a result, employees will receive a payment covering the 5 percent salary cut taken this year and full-day kindergarten will continue. The tax increases originally anticipated when the district believed it was facing a $4.5 million deficit will not occur.

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Virginia county creates plan to up graduation rate

After reviewing graduation rates, Campbell County administrators realized a good number of students who were held back in elementary or middle school took the opportunity to legally leave school after they came of age. Plans to increase the graduation rate include a new junior high summer school program and high school credit classes at the middle school level.

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New York to pick up most local school tax increases

Although districts across New York will be asking voters to approve budgets with tax hikes, the state will send rebate checks to most property owners. The rebates will be paid only in districts that keep tax increases below a state-set tax cap of nearly 2 percent. Approximately 94 percent will stay under the cap.

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Connecticut capital appoints Schiavino-Narvaez as superintendent

Beth Schiavino-Narvaez, a top administrator in Maryland's Montgomery County school system, has been named as Hartford's next superintendent. She is expected to succeed Superintendent Christina Kishimoto on July 1.

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Microsoft opens ad-free Bing for Schools search engine to all U.S. schools

Microsoft is officially releasing an advertisement-free version of its Bing search engine to all eligible K12 schools in the U.S. In addition, the no-charge Bing in the Classroom will automatically and strictly filter to help block adult content and disable the use of student searches for targeted advertising.

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$129 million school finance bill signed in Kansas

A state school finance bill has been signed that will send millions of dollars to schools and end mandatory due process hearings before experienced teachers can be fired. It allocates $129 million to close gaps in the capital outlay fund and the local option budget fund.

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PBS LearningMedia offers free environmental content for Earth Day

For Earth Day, PBS LearningMedia is featuring a collection of free resources for classrooms focused on the environment: l <3 Earth. The digital collection includes topics such as recycling, climate change and animal habitats.

Elite Screens launches Starling screen

Elite Screens launched its Starling retractable electric projection screen as a more refined option for CE Retail sales. It will be available in a range of sizes including 100", 120" and 135" in 16:9 HDTV format.