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A takeover of a failing Philadelphia school produces successful results

Last year when American Paradigm Schools took over Philadelphia's infamous, failing John Paul Jones Middle School, the police predicted chaos. But instead, results show that in a single year, the number of serious incidents fell by 90 percent.

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St. John Parish School Board appoints new superintendent

The St. John the Baptist Parish School Board voted unanimously at a special meeting to appoint Kevin George as the new superintendent. George will be in charge of the more than 6,000-student school district.

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Plymouth (Mass.) schools appoint three new administrators

Plymouth (Mass.) school officials have appointed Kristin Wilson as principal at Hedge Elementary School; Scott Williams as principal at West Elementary School; and Stacey Rogers as the district’s special education director.

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New director of secondary education, student services for East Aurora (Ill.)

Winding down its hiring spree, the East Aurora (Ill.) School Board voted Monday to appoint two new administrators to oversee student services and secondary education.

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Sacramento County (Calif.) Board of Education will appoint new trustee

The Sacramento County Board of Education is looking for a new member. The board will accept applications for its Area 5 trustee position until Aug. 15, and will appoint a new trustee at its Aug. 20 meeting.

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The Alabama Accountability Act is failing schools

After several false starts, the list of failing schools is now public and includes 78 schools, 72 of which ranked in the bottom six percent of all schools in three of the last six years. The other six came from schools that qualified to apply for federal School Improvement Grants.

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Mass. school heads must address worker's bullying charges

Manchester Essex school officials owe it to their school community and to residents of both towns to respond appropriately when one staffer raises what amounts to bullying allegations on the part of her own departmental supervisor.

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New bus company to service Carlsbad (N.M.) schools

Ballard Bus Inc., which declared bankruptcy in December, recently underwent a name and management change after being bought out by Chris Hamill of Roswell. The sale was finalized July 3, and the company is now operating under the name Valley Transportation, Hamill said.

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Fewer than 30 students lose seats at Orleans Parish conventional schools

OneApp, run by the Recovery School District, just completed its second year. It lets families list their preferred schools on a single application, and a computer matches children to open seats. Most but not all of the city's schools participate.

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Raleigh to get new career and technical education high school

Wake County Public Schools will partner with Wake Tech Community College to create 10 programs within the school that will give graduates a high school diploma and career training, enabling them to enter the workforce after graduation.

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