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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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With school shootings routine, parents turn to bulletproof products

The regularity of school shootings in America has set off a multi-directional reaction. Where politics seem to have failed, businesses have stepped in, taking advantage of legislative inertia with bulletproof backpacks, white boards, binder inserts and other products.

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Connecticut city to regain control of school after rift with charter group

The Hartford school system intends to regain control of Milner Elementary School after a messy, two-year partnership with a charter management group it hired with state money to raise achievement levels. A new transition plan will limit the Jumoke Academy organization's role in the 2014-2015 year, following concerns that include a muddled curriculum, misgivings over hiring practices and low reading scores.

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The fate of our nation rests on school lunches

As with many institutions and universal ideas in this nation in recent years, it seems that even something as right and as basic as feeding children food that is good for them has become politicized. The idea of school lunch as an egalitarian mechanism to nourish our nation’s potential has long been discarded and devalued. We are faced with an enormous crisis of health, education and inequality.

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