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Geary County school superintendent Walker retiring

The superintendent of the northeast Kansas school district that serves children from the U.S. Army’s Fort Riley plans to retire. Geary County superintendent Ron Walker told administrators and staff on Wednesday he will retire at the end of the current academic year. Walker has led United School District 475 for 10 years.

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Katonah-Lewisboro School Superintendent Paul Kreutzer resigns

After the Katonah-Lewisboro School District decided to close its elementary school of the same name, Superintendent Paul Kreutzer resigned, effective immediately. Michael Jumper, the assistant superintendent for business, has been named acting school superintendent.

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Easton Area School District needs to freeze salaries and not raise taxes

Once the Easton Area School District in Pennsylvania freezes every district employee's salary and freezes all spending, then—and only then—should the school board even discuss raising taxes.

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Time to question school accreditors

Massachusetts schools are under ever-increasing mandates and scrutiny, imposed upon them by both state and federal governments. In recent years, the day-to-day work of teachers and administrators has become thickly infused with strict guidelines that, in theory, are supposed to bring a uniform quality to public education. Educators spend enormous amounts of time demonstrating that they are meeting these standards.

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San Jose district wins Gates Foundation grant

Departing from traditional hostility between school districts and charter operators, the Franklin-McKinley School District in San Jose, Calif., will partner with charter schools to share campuses and training with the goal of vastly improve education for poor and English-learning children. The partnership was named 1 of 5 in the United States awarded a $100,000 start-up grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

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Brooklyn school cutting gifted program to boost diversity

A popular gifted program will get the axe after Ditmas Park school officials chose diversity over exclusivity. Citing a lack of diversity, PS 139 Principal Mary McDonald informed parents in a letter that the Students of Academic Rigor and two other in-house programs would no longer accept applications for incoming kindergartners.

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Hard line taken against students in high school cheating scandal

Although no charges have been filed against the students and a tutor involved in the Corona del Mar High School cheating scandal, a search warrant indicates police were looking at possible felony counts.

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California regulator seeks to shut down ‘learn to code’ bootcamps

A handful of California coding bootcamps are fighting for survival after receiving a stern warning from regulators. Unless they comply, these organizations face imminent closure and a hefty $50,000 fine. A BPPE spokesperson said these organizations have two weeks to start coming into compliance.

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Common Core: An uncommon education overhaul

Many politicians say they want to make a difference, but in my view there are only two places where one can truly make a difference, in the home or in the classroom. When a home fails a child there is only one place left, the classroom. Right now some people feel that the classroom is endangered.

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Vermont education tax rate rising, despite less students

Lawmakers are expected to increase the base education tax rate by 7 cents, from 94 cents to $1.01 for every $100 of assessed property value. While the total number of pupils in Vermont continues to decline, statewide education spending is projected to increase by 3.8 percent, or about $46.5 million, in the 2015 fiscal year.

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