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There's no school test for respect—but there should be

Unlike reading, writing and math, there are no programs designed to track whether teachers and parents have adequately taught manners, compassion and decorum to our children. Where are the accolades for the kids who are doing the right thing? Where are our lawmakers demanding that teachers have time to teach social skills?

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Lawmakers, stop meddling in school subjects

Under Connecticut's system, local boards develop curriculums to meet state standards, and should be able to do so based on the best available research. Lawmakers' time would be better spent focused on more pressing needs, not developing a laundry list of subjects that need to be covered in schools.

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New York City's pre-K applicants up 36 percent this year

Applications for pre-K programs in the city's schools rose by 36 percent this year following Mayor de Blasio’s promise to provide free classes to every 4-year-old in the city. The Education Department received applications for over 41,600 students for this fall, up from about 30,500 last year.

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Iowa bill approved to define coaches as school employees

The Iowa Legislature approved a last-minute law to redefine coaches as school employees after the Iowa Supreme Court cleared a high school coach who had consensual sex with a 16-year-old student.

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Goodwill charter would bring dropouts of all ages back to school

Goodwill Industries has applied to open a Shelby County charter school in Tennessee to help people who have dropped out of school to earn a high school diploma. The Excel Center would use a model focused on dropout recovery for students of all ages.

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Washington becomes first state to return to No Child Left Behind

The No Child Left Behind Act federal education law will be in full effect in Washington again for the coming school year after the state lost its federal program waiver. The state Legislature failed to agree on complying with federal guidelines, which tie students' standardized test scores to teacher evaluations.

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Minnesota high school leagues drafting transgender policies

The South Dakota High School Activities Association is considering a proposal that would allow transgender students to participate in extracurricular activities according to their self-identified gender rather than the gender listed on their records.

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Destiny 12.0 with Universal Search is Follett's newest release

Follett released Destiny 12.0 with Universal Search, a new search interface that allows students to seamlessly search and access all print and digital content within the Destiny Library Manager platform.

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District Administration is doing an article for an upcoming issue on the new look of textbooks in K12 education. If you are a leader in a district that is making the leap to e-textbooks or some other technology — or if you are not a part of a school district but have a innovation we should know about — please fill out the form below to contact us.

Washington construction bond measure fails for second time

A $38 million construction bond measure for the Tenino School District has failed again. The measure would have modernized two schools and upgraded athletic facilities and technology.

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