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White House expanding Turnaround Arts program

The Obama administration is expanding its Turnaround Arts program, an initiative designed to bring arts programs to failing schools in an effort to boost student achievement. The program, which has been in pilot mode for the past two years in eight schools, will extend to 35 schools.

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USDA delays whole grains rule for school pastas

The USDA said schools can put off for two years a requirement that all pastas in schools be whole-grain rich, or more than half whole grain, if they can demonstrate that they have had "significant challenges" in preparing whole-grain pasta. Many schools have complained that they do not hold together well when cooked.

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Brown v. Board, busing and Boston

Common sense says there’s a middle ground between keeping the races apart by law and pushing the races together by court order. Sixty years after Linda Brown finally got to walk to school, we’re still trying to accomplish the crucial task of preparing kids to succeed in a multiracial society.

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Web seminar: New Tools for Personalizing Literacy

Hear from an innovative superintendent and an industry expert about an interactive and intuitive platform that can enable personalized literacy learning both in school and at home.

High school GPA predicts future earnings

New research from the University of Miami discovers high school grade point average (GPA) is a strong predictor of whether one graduates from college and how much money a person makes in adulthood. The investigators analyzed men and women separately as data shows that men earn more in the workplace even though women have significantly higher GPAs.

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Extron Electronics debuts new Cable Cubby Series/2 versions

Extron Electronics has released new versions of all four of its Extron Cable Cubby Series/2 enclosures for AV connectivity and AC power. The Cable Cubby Series/2 includes the compact Cable Cubby 500, the mid-size Cable Cubby 700, the slim, low profile Cable Cubby 1200, and the double-sided, Cable Cubby 1400.

Kids InfoBits database launches redesign

The Kids InfoBits database has been redesigned with a modern interface, improved navigation, updated content and additional tools. Developed by Gale, Kids InfoBits is designed for students in kindergarten through grade five and addresses the way kids learn and conduct research.

New superintendent named for Moore County's 23 schools

Robert "Dr. Bob" Grimesey of Orange County, Va., was named to replace current Superintendent Aaron Spence for North Carolina's Moore County School District.

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Ike Haynes named as Mississippi district's superintendent

The Canton Public School Board voted to hire Jefferson Davis County School District Superintendent Ike Haynes to replace retiring Superintendent Dwight J. Luckett. After eight years at the helm, Luckett will retire June 30.

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Learning Upgrade unveils new math course

Learning Upgrade is releasing Math Upgrade 7, a course of multimedia, Common Core-aligned math lessons. The course includes an initial set of 50 lessons, with additional lessons added during the summer. Each full course takes students 20-25 hours, both in the classroom and at home, to complete and earn a certificate.