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South Carolina city board approves $404 million for 2014-2015

The Charleston County school board approved a total general operating budget of $404 million for the 2014-2015 school year, up from $382 million last year. The district had been faced with a $6 million funding gap between its initial spending plan of $407.5 million and projected revenues of $401.5 million.

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Report: 31 percent of RI schools need improvement plans

Nearly one in three Rhode Island schools are in need of improvement, while 30 schools have been recognized as “commended” for their exceptional performance, according to a report released by the Rhode Island Department of Education.

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California judge rules state's teacher tenure laws unconstitutional

A California judge ruled as unconstitutional the state's teacher tenure, dismissal and layoff laws, saying they keep bad teachers in the classroom and force out promising good ones. The court ordered a stay of the decision, pending an appeal by the state and the teachers union.

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State takeovers of districts shake up professional development

Over the past few decades, many state departments of education have taken over low-performing schools or districts as a school turnaround strategy. Although the strategy varies in terms of the level of state control and local influence, its success has been mixed or cannot yet be fully measured. Nonetheless, it has sparked new thinking and innovation in states and districts.

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Medford district buys 1,800 Chromebooks for new English curriculum

In Oregon, Medford's board adopted a new English language arts curriculum that included the purchase of 1,800 Dell Google Chromebooks for about $1.09 million. The hardware will be used to power the 2015 Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Collections blended learning program. Students will be able to access the curriculum on the new Chromebooks in class and from other devices outside of class.

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Rodney Watson hired to lead Texas' Spring ISD

Rodney E. Watson has been named the lone finalist for the superintendent position for the Spring ISD. He will oversee operations and staff at 53 campuses. Watson currently serves as the Chief Human Resources Officer for the Houston ISD, which has over 210,000 students and 30,000 employees.

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Eric Bond promoted to superintendent for Virginia system

The Augusta County School Board named a replacement for departing Superintendent Chuck Bishop. Assistant Superintendent for Personnel Eric Bond will take over the position as of July 1. Bishop announced his resignation to accept the superintendent’s position in Clarke County.

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California school board appoints new superintendent

Longtime San Francisco school district administrator Janet Schulze will be the new superintendent of the Pittsburg Unified School District. She will leave her position as assistant superintendent of high schools in San Francisco later this month to replace Linda Rondeau, Pittsburg Unified's retiring superintendent, on July 1.

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Kansas teachers union plans lawsuit over policies in school funding bill

The state’s largest teachers union will file a lawsuit in Shawnee County District Court this month against a controversial education bill. Lawmakers increased the amount of funding for public schools to comply with a Kansas Supreme Court decision in March that cited funding inequities among districts, particularly among poorer and wealthier districts. But lawmakers coupled the increase in funding with policy reforms.

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Bristol board names Rex Gearheart as superintendent

Rex Gearheart has been picked to become the Bristol school system’s new superintendent in Virginia. Formerly the system’s assistant superintendent, Gearheart replaces Mark Y. Lineburg, who has been selected as the new superintendent of the Winchester Public School District.

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