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Maine school superintendent to step down in June

Kenneth Smith, superintendent of Millinocket Schools in Maine, will resign his position when his contract ends on June 30. “I believe I have done all I can to maintain a fine public school system and to move the system ahead,” Smith said in a letter to new school board Chairman Michael Jewers dated Dec. 4, in which he promised to work for an orderly transition to a new superintendent.

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Fresno Unified superintendent gets contract extension

Fresno USD Superintendent Michael Hanson will get an extra year tacked onto his four-year contract after getting a positive review by the school board. Hanson, whose contract was set to expire in 2017, will get another year on the job as a perk for getting high marks from six out of the seven school board members on his annual review.

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Somber remembrances mark anniversary of Sandy Hook shooting

Bells tolled 26 times to honor the children and educators killed one year ago in a shooting rampage at Sandy Hook Elementary School as local churches held memorial services and the country marked the anniversary with events including a White House moment of silence.

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Column: My mom was a Sandy Hook hero

She gave her life to keep ‘her’ children safe. But arming teachers isn’t the answer.

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California schools fear losing funds for lowincome students

Many districts are urging the state to guarantee them all funding due this year, based on last year's count of lowincome students. Under the new rules, districts are receiving extra money for students who are low-income, learning English or in foster care.

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Amherst (Mass.) superintendent favors near-elimination of suspensions

Superintendent Maria Geryk told the Amherst-Pelham regional school committee Tuesday that she hopes to nearly eliminate students’ suspension as a punishment in favor of more effective methods of classroom control.

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Maine education committee hopes to introduce school funding reform bill

Despite a short time line and a potentially big price tag, several lawmakers on the Legislature’s Education and Cultural Affairs Committee said they plan to introduce an education reform measure in the upcoming session that will incorporate recommendations from a $450,000 outside analysis of how the state funds local schools.

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Schools rely on staff to report criminal history

Public schools across the state perform one-time criminal history checks for teachers and other school employees as required by Pennsylvania law, but crimes committed by school staff during their employment may easily go undetected. Why?

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Three Arizona schools expected to close

Three Arizona charter schools that received failing grades from the state likely will close by the end of the school year after receiving notice that the state charter board would revoke their charters.

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Scott Walker signs two bills boosting tech education in Wisconsin

Supporting technical education and encouraging young people to consider careers in manufacturing are an important part of improving Wisconsin's economy, Gov. Scott Walker said Tuesday during a bill-signing appearance in Eau Claire.

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