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Missouri law allowing transfers out of failing schools reversed

Hundreds of mostly poor minority students who used a controversial Missouri law to transfer out of failing schools will be sent back to their home districts next school year, following a battle in the legislature and several decisions by the department of education.

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STI expands offerings with several company acquisitions

In addition to raising a new round of funding, STI has acquired a series of companies. The recent acquisitions include Chalkable, a grade book and educational content platform; Learning Earnings, an online behavior and performance incentive program; and Spiral Universe, a next generation SIS for the private school market.

No tax hike for S.C. county's $1 billion school construction work

Greenville County Schools will be able to make its payments on its $1 billion BEST construction program, finish a new middle school construction and maintain its nearly 100 schools for the coming year without a tax increase. The school board approved issuing up to $99.5 million in general obligation bonds to take care of its facilities needs.

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Cleveland approves $200 million school construction plan

The Cleveland school board will back a $200 million extension of the city's 13-year school construction plan that would overhaul 20 existing schools or replace them with new buildings, as well as repair and update 23 others.

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Torsh and New Teacher Center launch Ask a Mentor

Torsh Inc. and New Teacher Center have launched a beta version of its Ask a Mentor service, powered by Torsh. The new mentoring service for teachers offers on-demand access to expert mentors. The full launch of Ask A Mentor will occur in late August.

myON expands personalized reading platform with literacy toolkit

myON is expanding its digital literacy platform to include a set of literacy tools to personalize the reading experience for students, while growing instructional capabilities for teachers. The first set of tools to be released support close reading.

Naiku, Inc. updates its classroom assessment software

Naiku released new support enhancements for standards-based grading, increased the number of reports available to teachers and administrative staff, and expanded item and test creation options.

PBS KIDS video app launches on Android and Chromecast

PBS KIDS' video app is now available on Android and compatible with Chromecast. The PBS KIDS Video App gives families free, streaming access to thousands of videos, including clips and full episodes from PBS KIDS series.

PresenceLearning offers new online counseling service

To expand school districts’ access to licensed mental health professionals, including counselors and social workers, and to aid with the high caseloads that limit individual attention to children in need, PresenceLearning is now providing live, online counseling services.

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