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Bill to speed firing of some California public school teachers advances

A bill to hasten the dismissal of some public school teachers appears to be speeding into law. The faster process would apply to California teachers suspected of serious offenses, such as attempted murder, sexual misconduct or drug offenses. It does not require that an instructor be convicted of a crime to be fired, only that a district has determined that the employee is unfit for the classroom.

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New York Life Foundation grants $400,000 to public library's school initiative

Brooklyn Public Library has received a two year, $400,000 grant from the New York Life Foundation to expand its Brooklyn Connections program. The program is a school outreach initiative that offers middle school students rare access to original archival materials that document the borough’s development history through a special collection of more than one million items from a variety of media.

Capstone’s PebbleGo now iPad compatible

Capstone announced its preK-3 research solution PebbleGo is now optimized for the iPad, Android, Kindle Fire HD and other mobile devices. PebbleGo 2.0 features a new interface design to support mobile web browsers, as well as a number of enhancements across all four of the database modules: Animals, Biographies, Earth and Space, and Social Studies.

N.J. regional district's interim superintendent takes permanent position

South Hunterdon Regional School District’s interim superintendent of schools has been chosen for the permanent position after a five-month-long search process. Louis Muenker has been serving as the interim superintendent since July 2013.

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Jeffrey Schoonover chosen as joint superintendent for Massachusetts districts

Jeffrey Schoonover has been named to dual positions as the new Somerset Public Schools superintendent this school year and the superintendent of both Somerset and the Somerset Berkley Regional School District the year afterward. Schoonover is currently the assistant superintendent in Portsmouth, R.I.

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Wayne school board names new superintendent

Mark Toback has been selected to head up the New Jersey district following the resignation of Raymond Gonzalez, which is effective August 1. Prior to his current four years as Hoboken's superintendent, Toback was chief school administrator at Sussex County Technical School for five years.

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N.J. decides against allowing virtual school day in lieu of snow day

The New Jersey Department of Education declined to allow a virtual school day to count in lieu of a snow day on February 13 for Pascack Valley Regional High School District. Of the 2,000 students in the district, 96 percent showed up for their online classes on that day. The state ruled that the day won't count as schools were still physically shut down.

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Georgia county passes $264 million budget with fewer layoffs than expected

Muscogee County's school board passed a $264,717,610 budget for fiscal year 2015, 2.2 percent less than the previous year's original budget. Instead of the 69 layoffs anticipated in the preliminary 2015 budget, the number of school-based employees being laid off was lowered to 42. The board also approved hiring three principals and the lateral transfer of five more principals.

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Religion rules at school approved by North Carolina lawmakers

The Senate gave final legislative approval to the measure explaining how schools should comply with federal law and guidance on constitutionally protected prayer. The measure says students may share religious views and distribute religious literature, with reasonable restrictions.

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Denver parents, community propose changes for school improvement

In Colorado, Southwest Denver parents and community members demanded that a task force be created to address the lack of resources and poor performance in the area’s schools. A report issued by A+ Denver stated that only one in 10 graduating high school seniors is college ready. Out of the 42 schools in southwest Denver, only seven received a grade of B or higher on the state’s system.

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