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New contract keeps KC Superintendent Steve Green for 5 more years

Contract comes as a reward to Green after the unaccredited Kansas City Public Schools greatly improved its showing on this year’s state report card. It also is a sign of greater stability in leadership — an important factor as the district faces the possibility of a financially crippling wave of student transfers.

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Caddo Parish Public Schools picks Theodis Goree as superintendent

Goree currently serves as an area superintendent for Mansfield ISD in Texas. He will receive a $200,000 annual salary and a three year contract. He begins work Dec. 1.

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Central Indiana charter school to close Friday

A central Indiana charter school will close at the end of the week after being unable to raise $250,000 by its Friday deadline. Leaders of the International School of Columbus told students and parents Monday night that it faced unexpected costs at the school's planned new building, a decline in state funding because of an enrollment drop, and poor fundraising results.

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Picky eaters: Making school meals that kids will eat

A couple of blocks from Paint Branch High School, in Maryland’s Montgomery County, there's a strip mall with a 7-Eleven, a Pizza Hut and a Chinese restaurant. And every day around 11 a.m., the students from Paint Branch start rolling in.

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Texas student sends robot to school in his place

C.J. Herron can’t go to school because he was born premature, which left him with a compromised immune system. He stays home and gets instruction in person from a home-bound teacher provided by Brenham ISD. But this week, Herron is going to his 3rd-grade class for the first time with a little help from a robot.

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Beware of the U.S. charter school doom loop

Charter schools have generated noisy debates and relatively modest results. The latest report from the Center for Research on Education Outcomes found statistically significant benefits for some students, reversing findings from a similar study in 2009. But the gains are nothing to write home about.

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Missouri district braces for teacher layoffs, school closure

The budgetary impact of complying with Missouri’s school transfer law is beginning to play out in the unaccredited Normandy and Riverview Gardens districts, where superintendents are outlining cuts to reduce staff and programs. In Normandy, 103 of the district’s 650 employees will lose their jobs by the end of December.

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Utah’s languages of opportunity

When it comes to foreign language study, Utah is emerging as a national trendsetter. The state’s five-year-old dual-language immersion program will likely give Utah students a leg up in the future job market and foreign affairs.

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Bus tracking tool gives parents peace of mind

With the swipe of a bus pass, Denver Public Schools students are answering the often-asked parent question, “Did my child get on the bus today?”

Hockey association looking into injury suffered by high school player

For all the attention given to concussions in football, hockey has its own issues with serious injuries; a Canadian study released this year reported that the incidence of brain and spinal cord injuries among hockey players has increased over the last 15 years. USA Hockey last month tightened the rules on some penalties, including boarding, hoping to cut down on unsafe play.

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