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Pennsylvania board chooses Monica McHale-Small for superintendent

The Saucon Valley School Board has hired a district superintendent under a new three-year contract. Monica McHale-Small will be leaving her position as assistant superintendent of the Bensalem Township School District in lower Bucks County and start work in Saucon Valley on August 11.

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Nearly half of New Orleans voters say schools improving

Forty-five percent of New Orleans voters surveyed in May said public schools in the city are getting better while only 18 percent believe they are getting worse, according to figures released by a Tulane University think tank. The survey comes as the Recovery School District prepares for a new school year in which all of those schools, now totaling 59, will be run by independent charter organizations.

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Impact of school climate grant’s end unclear for Virginia schools

The federal Safe Schools Healthy Students grant aimed at improving student safety and school climate is ending, and the effect the program’s absence will have on Charlottesville and Albemarle schools is unknown. In addition to providing support staff who focused on social and emotional issues, the project also trained teachers to improve student-to-teacher and student-to-student relationships.

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Jersey district probing possible data breach involving students' personal info

The Jersey City school district is investigating how the METS Charter School mailed public school students by obtaining personal information about non-charter students, including names, addresses, phone numbers, dates of birth and possibly even social security numbers. METS may have accessed the information via district computers that weren't safeguarded to keep outsiders from obtaining student data.

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Bert L'Homme picked as Durham Public Schools' next leader

Bert L'Homme has been chosen as the North Carolina district's next superintendent. He currently serves as superintendent of Catholic Schools at the Archdiocese of Washington. He will replace Eric Becoats, who resigned from the Durham superintendent position last December.

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Marco Pochintesta named as New York district's superintendent

A new superintendent of schools will take the reins of the Pearl River school district next year, replacing John Morgano, who is retiring. The school board hired Wappingers CSD Superintendent Marco Pochintesta.

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North Carolina blocks school boards from suing over money

State lawmakers imposed a two-year moratorium on the Union, Gaston and Nash county school boards’ ability to sue county commissioners over funding disputes. The legislation comes as Union County commissioners and the school board try to avoid returning to the courtroom to settle their budget dispute.

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Cigarette smoking among high school students at lowest level in 22 years

Cigarette smoking rates among high school students in 2013 have dropped to the lowest levels in over two decades, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. On the other hand, among high school students who had driven a car or other vehicle during the past 30 days, the percentage who texted or emailed while driving ranged from 32 percent to 61 percent across 37 states.

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FBI raids 19 Concept Schools locations in three states

FBI raids last week targeting Concept Schools included the charter school operator’s Des Plaines headquarters and a school in Rogers Park. The raids, occurring at a total of 19 Concept campuses in Illinois, Indiana and Ohio, were part of an alleged ongoing white-collar crime investigation.

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