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myON and IRA honors Janice Gowdy as Literacy Legend

At the International Reading Association’s (IRA) annual conference, elementary school teacher Janice Gowdy was honored as the 2014 “Literacy Legend”. The national contest, sponsored by myON and IRA, was created to honor educators that are promoting literacy in their classrooms, schools and beyond.

Illinois bills aim to base school discipline on conduct instead of skin color

One bill would limit out-of-school suspensions to no more than three days for student behavior that doesn't endanger teachers or other students. The other bill would require school officials to be more transparent in reporting suspensions and more consistent in the way they mete out discipline.

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Large Texas district passes historic bond package

Arlington voters overwhelmingly approved the school district’s $663 million bond package. The plans cover updates for virtually all of the district's 77 schools in addition to a $46 million career and technical center, a $25 million athletic complex, a $32 million fine arts center, a $2.5 million agricultural science facility and $60 million in multipurpose activity centers.

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Georgia approves use of wood in school construction

Georgia's governor recently signed legislation that allows for greater use of wood materials in public school facilities. Senate Bill 301 removed language from the Georgia Department of Education (DOE) Guideline for Educational Facility Construction that prohibited the use of light wood framing and ordinary wood construction.

The Uncommon Thread and Scholastic Intervention Solutions join forces

The Uncommon Thread and Scholastic Intervention Solutions have joined forces under a new name. The Uncommon Thread - Powered by Scholastic Intervention Solution will integrate eLearning's administrative tools with remote support developed at SIS and behavior therapy and consultation services provided by The Uncommon Thread.

Fuel Education partners with Missouri district

Fuel Education is partnering with Missouri’s Grandview R-II School District to provide an online summer school solution for 7th through 12th grade students. Beginning early next month, students can opt to personalize their learning by enrolling in a course to get ahead, to take on an added challenge or to recover credit.

MIND Research Institute challenges K12 students to play with math

MIND Research Institute is sponsoring its first-ever Game-a-thon for K12 students. Following the theme “Math is Everywhere,” the Game-a-thon challenges students to design, build and share a game that features creative and unusual solutions to mathematical problems.

On education, let's ask those who care the most

Perhaps we should pursue this interesting idea further by asking parents and teachers why American kids don’t seem to do as well as others around the world. Maybe if we talked about high standards rather than “rigor,” we could have a conversation.

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Fighting childhood obesity

In recent months and years, we’ve started seeing early signs of progress in reversing childhood obesity, a health crisis that many believed was intractable. Despite these signs of progress, overall rates among school-aged youth remain high and there are significant racial and economic disparities in obesity prevalence among children.

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Washington school districts unlikely to secure No Child waiver

Since Washington lost its No Child Left Behind waiver last month, some school districts are discussing a district-level waiver as an option.

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