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Portland Public Schools plans to hire 180

Under a new proposed plan, Portland Public Schools is looking to add 150 teachers and about 30 other staff members next year. Superintendent Carole Smith said an improving economy and property tax revenue will allow the district to increase spending by about $20 million.

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Missouri’s schools underfunded by $656 million

Missouri’s K12 schools are underfunded by $656 million in the 2013-2014 school year, according to a study from the Missouri Budget Project. The study, which uses the state’s “foundation formula” adopted by lawmakers in 2005, says funding for this year is 17 percent below its required level.

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What’s happening to Newark’s public schools and why

Newark Superintendent Cami Anderson and her team have developed and are prepared to implement a bold plan in 2014 to combat poor performance, underutilized, crumbling schools, administrative and support staff costs and a growing excess pool of teachers and principals, to name a few of the many issues the metro area is facing.

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New Orleans' two school systems approve landmark agreement

The Orleans Parish School Board and Recovery School District approved a major cooperative agreement that focuses on coordinating and improving services for students with disabilities, severe behavior problems, persistent truancy or criminal histories.

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IESD measures writing programs up against Common Core standards

IESD Inc. released a new white paper that documents results of its research examining how six leading elementary writing programs measure up to the requirements of the Common Core standards and research-based best practices.

Netchemia acquires online recruiting provider SchoolSpring

Netchemia, LLC, a K12 talent managment company, has acquired online recruiting and application management provider SchoolSpring, Inc. The acquisition provides Netchemia with expanded and enhanced software, services and support capabilities.

New York City mayor and charters need to reconsider stances

As for the tone of the debate, charter advocates need to put aside the hyperbole about being under siege. Mayor de Blasio needs to renounce divisive rhetoric that portrays the charters as alien institutions instead of the public schools that they actually are.

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One size doesn't fit all in holding back third-graders in Oklahoma

A new change to state law due to go into full effect this year would automatically hold back third grade students who aren't reading at grade level. But if that principle is applied in a one-size-fits-all basis for the state, the results could be devastating.

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Louisiana school employee pension debt plan advances

A state Senate panel advanced legislation aimed at helping parish school boards struggling with school employee pension costs. The Retirement Committee voted to alter the payment schedule set for eradication of the Louisiana School Employees Retirement System’s long-term debt.

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Mark Scott is top choice for Houston, Ga. superintendent

Houston County's board has named Mark Scott, former Northside High School principal and currently the assistant superintendent for human resources, as their choice to be their next superintendent. The board votes again on April 8 once his contract has been finalized to make the appointment official.

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