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Significant vacancies in education applicants in South Dakota, survey finds

More than 80 percent of the state's public school districts reported having significant vacancies for open teaching positions at the end of May, a survey from the School Administrators of South Dakota revealed. The survey found that 258 positions, or 30 percent, of 803 teaching positions available this spring remained unfilled as of May 28.

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eReflect offers new typing software

Ultimate Typing EDU is specifically designed for teaching keyboarding at schools and is equipped with classroom-essential technologies such as live progress monitoring of students’ typing activity and unlimited user accounts.

Colorado's second-largest district passes $1 billion budget

The board of Jefferson County Schools passed a budget of $1.019 billion for Colorado's second-largest school district, up 3.2 percent from the previous year. The 2014-2015 budget earmarks nearly $650 million in spending from the general fund, nearly $20 million from the capital reserve fund and more than $60 million from the charter school fund.

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Ohio school board selects graduate as new superintendent

Black River Schools is replacing outgoing superintendent Janice Wyckoff with Chris Clark. He previously worked for Madison Plains Schools in London, Ohio, for 25 years.

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Alabama county brings in Warren Craig Pouncey as new superintendent

Warren Craig Pouncey, the chief of staff for the Alabama State Department of Education, was named as Jefferson County's new superintendent. Pouncey was previously superintendent of Crenshaw County Schools, assistant state superintendent and deputy state superintendent of education.

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Maryland county superintendent search ends with Daniel Curry

Daniel Curry has been appointed as the new superintendent of Calvert County Public Schools. Curry was formerly the superintendent of Lake Forest School District in Felton, Del., since 2003. The county’s former superintendent, Jack Smith, resigned from the school system last summer.

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Hooda Math releases free online math manipulatives

Hooda Math has released five math manipulatives designed to be completely device agnostic, including Base Ten Blocks, Number Line Integer Addition, Hundreds Chart, Algebra Tiles and Algebra Balance Equations. These free manipulatives are built using HTML5 code, enabling students to access them on a smartphone, tablet or desktop computer.

Parents best at picking kids' schools — expand Florida vouchers

Florida families have had a chance to start voicing their opinion: Just recently the largest number ever — 100,000 — applied for K12 school choice scholarships. It's likely tens of thousands of Florida children will have to return this fall to schools they want to leave without the scholarships. Lawmakers need to expand Florida's voucher system and allow more parents to choose the school that best fits their child.

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Report shows balanced autonomy needed to support principals

The George W. Bush Institute’s Alliance to Reform Education Leadership and New Leaders, Inc. released a framework outlining the conditions necessary for principals to transform schools. The Conditions for Effective Leadership Project findings show that effective districts provide principals with more authority to make staffing decisions and delegate more leadership tasks to other leaders, among other conditions.

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Five new Tennessee charter schools recommended for approval

Five out of eight applications for new charter schools in Nashville earned a recommendation for approval by Metro Nashville Public Schools, including a proposal from KIPP Nashville, the nation's largest charter network, to take over a struggling elementary school.

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