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When equalization of Illinois funding results in inequity

Three fundamental flaws in the General State Aid formula have contributed to historic levels of funding inequality: The complexity of the formula, the continual flow of state funding to districts regardless of how much is spent locally per pupil, and the failure to account for extraordinary costs associated with students with special needs.

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Illinois district names Tom Leonard to top district position

Tom Leonard, the superintendent of a suburban Chicago district, has been named the lone finalist to lead the Eanes district beginning the next school year. Current Eanes Superintendent Nola Wellman plans to retire in August.

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eNet Colorado partners with Colorado BOCES Association and myON

eNetColorado, the Colorado BOCES Association and Capstone's myON are co-sponsoring a digital reading trial during the spring and summer months. The trial launches on April 14 and ends on July 31. Educators, students and families will have unlimited access to over 4,000 enhanced digital books from Capstone.

Scholastic Education and Mindset Works to distribute growth software

Scholastic Education and Mindset Works are joining forces to translate lessons from growth mindset research into everyday educational practices to boost student motivation. Scholastic will distribute Mindset Works' Brainology software program for students and the Mindset Works EducatorKit for teachers.

Board promotes superintendent from within for Ohio district

Lisbon's board stayed in-house to choose a new superintendent, naming Principal Joe Siefke to the position under a new 3-year contract. He succeeds longtime Superintendent Don Thompson, who is retiring June 30.

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Capstone unveils newest database module PebbleGo Next

Capstone's newest line of database modules, PebbleGo Next, builds off of the company's PebbleGo databases for grades preK-3. PebbleGo Next will feature content for grades three through six. Debuting in the fall, its first State and American Indian Studies module will explore history, geography, government and people.

New analytics tool from Gale debuts for libraries

Cengage Learning's Gale has launched Analytics On Demand, a data analysis tool for libraries. With software from Alteryx, the program enables library administrators to integrate external data sources with internal data output from their integrated library systems and other platforms.

Penn. district proposes new career-focused high school

Allentown is planning to open a new career-focused high school emphasizing a smaller learning environment, project-based learning, internships and 21st-century skills. The district would lease a building, use teachers from its existing faculty and cover the new school's expenses through grants and the district's general fund.

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Calif. city's district to expand access to after-school programs

The San Francisco USD's board approved a resolution committing to increase access to after-school programs for its 26,005 K5 students. Beginning in the 2014-2015 school year, the district will seek to expand the capacity at schools where more space is needed for after-school programs already in place.

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