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Court decision ends ‘autism shuffle’ in Philly schools

Philadelphia students with autism will no longer be transferred from one school to another without parental input, a June settlement states. The district must now send a letter in January informing parents that their child will be transferred in September.

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Can see-through backpacks prevent school violence?

Recent school stabbings and cases of students caught with weapons have driven some districts to ban traditional cloth backpacks in favor of easily searchable clear or mesh bags.

PassTheNotes and NEC Corporation of America sign content agreement

PassTheNotes signed a reseller agreement with NEC Corporation of America to bring together their technological capabilities, channel partners' sales presence and collaborative tools to provide a complete cloud-based content management solution.

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Wealthy backers invest in Utah preschoolers

High-quality preschools in a Utah district began receiving funds from a first-of-its-kind, $4.6 million social impact bond from investment banking firm Goldman Sachs last fall. The goal is to improve instruction in order to prevent students from needing special education or remedial services.

Mayor-school board collaboration strengthens school governance

Collaboration between mayors and school boards—not mayoral takeovers—can lead to better school governance and student achievement, according to a report by the Center for Public Education at the National School Boards Association. The report also found that mayors can provide great benefits to public schools, enabling better integration and coordination of services for children and families.

Illinois district expands its partnership with Discovery Education

Des Plaines CSD 62 has expanded its partnership with Discovery Education to include an extensive professional development program. District 62 will work with Discovery Education’s Digital Leader Corps multi-year program to develop teacher leaders to actively participate in the district’s digital transition.

Sony Electronics adds new mini-dome camera model

Sony Electronics is adding a new model to its X Series line of IP mini-dome cameras. The SNC-XM631 is powered by the IPELA Engine EX signal processing system, allowing it to deliver full HD picture quality in challenging lighting conditions using Sony´s wide dynamic range technology (View-DR) and image stabilization technology.

ClassLink LaunchPad signs with 10th largest Florida district

ClassLink inked a multiyear agreement for its ClassLink LaunchPad with Brevard County Schools. The full-scale adoption will be the framework that ties together Brevard’s Learning Management System programs for over 8,500 staff and 72,000 students. The adoption will be funded through the district’s local Race to the Top allocation.

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Maximizing PLC time to flip your class

We believe that, at most schools, there is time built into the schedule that can be used to help teachers flip their classes. Many schools have professional learning communities (PLC) and time is set aside for groups of teachers to collaborate, to work on district initiatives and be agents of change in the schools.

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Calling all ‘Districts of Distinction’

If your school district is engaged in an innovative project that is improving student outcomes, streamlining operations or meeting the needs of your community, it could be a District of Distinction. Just launched by District Administration magazine, Districts of Distinction is a national recognition program to honor school districts that are leading the way with new ideas that work.