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Indiana makes progress on preschool, but education problems still daunting

For all the effort and money poured into school reform, Indiana is simply not making enough progress. Only about 10 percent of children from low-income families eventually graduate from a four-year university. We’re at severe risk of developing a nearly permanent underclass in our state, one with few opportunities for upward mobility.

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Iowa man is new Accomack superintendent

Kregg A. Cuellar, the chief schools officer of Des Moines Public Schools, has been named the next superintendent of Virginia's Accomack County Public Schools. He replaces Bruce Benson, who left the county this spring after 33 months in the job to become superintendent in Stafford County.

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Why Vermont's top jobs in education turn over so quickly

At the end of June, nearly a third of Vermont's 60-something superintendents are leaving their posts. That is cause for concern if you ask Vermont's secretary of education, Rebecca Holcombe. "If this was a business, and you had 30 percent turnover every year, you'd think it was a crisis," she says.

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West Allegheny appoints Jerri Lynn Lippert as school superintendent

The Pennsylvania district has appointed Jerri Lynn Lippert, chief academic officer of Pittsburgh Public Schools, as superintendent starting July 1. A replacement for retiring superintendent John DiSanti, she will become the first woman to head West Allegheny.

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$225 million improvement plan approved by South Carolina district

Lexington 2 School Board members settled on a $225 million plan for new schools and renovations. The package – the first improvements sought for classrooms since 2002 – will go to voters for approval November 4. It includes $93.2 million for new facilities and $91 million for renovations.

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Congress' attempt to weaken school nutrition programs

The House Appropriations Subcommittee on Agriculture just rolled back major steps toward a healthier school lunch. This is a travesty that puts the health of our children and their children at stake. We all need to push back on this and make the health of our children our primary goal, not the health of big business or even the bottom line of school food service operations.

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Florida magnet schools morphing into museums

Six elementary schools in Broward County received a federal grant to start the district's first museum-themed magnet program. Each school had to develop its own STEM magnet program while incorporating project-based learning and the concepts of a museum.

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A new model of school reform in California

By acknowledging and respecting that relationships are crucial to creating positive learning environments—and that this relationship-building must not be limited to the classroom—Oakland USD has embarked upon what could be one of the most effective school reform models to date.

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Common Core-related bills stalled in Louisiana Senate

A group of bills are caught up in the Senate Education Committee waiting for review, including putting some limitations on what student data could be shared outside of Louisiana; a proposal that would allow school districts to select their own textbooks and curricula; and a piece of legislation that would allow parents to review the instructional materials being given to their children.

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High school nerds make more money, says social science

Researchers at the University of Miami published a study showing that students who earn better grades in high school also make more money as adults. The paper, which appears in the Eastern Economic Journal, finds that boys who up their GPAs by an extra point can expect to earn 11.85 percent more pay down the road. For girls, an additional grade point is worth a 13.77 percent bonus.

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