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Schools need more calamity days this year, Ohio governor says

With more frigid temperatures forecast for this week likely to cause additional school closings, Gov. John Kasich wants a one-time increase from the current five “calamity days” schools can use before they have to start adding school days at the end of the year.

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Poverty and the education opportunity gap: Will State of the Union step up?

Education researchers have been hoping policymakers and others will understand that poverty is the biggest impediment to children's academic success. According to analyses in an October 2013 report from the Southern Education Foundation, 48 percent of the nation's 50 million public school students were in low-income families.

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2014 Technology Site Visits to Showcase Digital Innovations in Public Schools in AZ, MN, CO

The National School Boards Association’s (NSBA) 2014 Education Technology Site Visits will give education professionals the opportunity to experience firsthand innovations in education technology and the best ways to use technology in classrooms.

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Illinois officials consider ending free ACT exams

The ACT has been given free of charge to Illinois' 11th graders for more than a decade. But that could change with a proposal to make the college-entrance exam voluntary, with perhaps only low-income students getting to take it for free.

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Children’s Defense Fund and AASA Announce Partnership

Ten school districts across the country from California to South Carolina have been selected to participate in a public-private initiative to explore effective discipline alternatives to suspension and expulsion.

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Connecticut rules against city in special education case

The state has ruled that the Bridgeport school district systematically failed to identify students eligible for special education and must now take corrective action. Most of the examples cited in the complaint were from the 2012-13 school year, when there was an effort to reduce special education costs.

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Boston parents acclimate to school choice system

For the past three weeks, thousands of parents of incoming kindergarten and sixth-grade students have been registering for school under a new system that aims to place students in schools closer to their homes starting this fall. It's the biggest change to the registration process in decades.

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Former N.C. governor Beverly Perdue leads digital education initiative

Perdue founded the Digital Learning Institute, or DigiLEARN--which includes former Wyoming Gov. Jim Geringer as vice chairman--to expand technology use in the learning process throughout the nation.

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Ousted Pa. education secretary lands job as temporary superintendent

Despite his ouster as the secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Education in late August, William Harner was named interim superintendent of the Quakertown Community School District. He will fill the post from Jan. 24 through June 30.

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Fla. governor proposes $542M increase to education spending

The proposed increase falls far short of the $1.2 billion increase Gov. Rick Scott recommended last year, despite the best budget outlook in recent memory. Still, Scott said his latest recommendation would be enough to push education spending to a record high.

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