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South Florida district snuffs out all outdoor smoking

Broward County gave initial approval to a policy that would prevent tobacco products on any school property, even outdoors or while parked inside a car. The current policy allows district employees and parents to smoke in designated areas.

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Ohio city asked to reduce out-of-school suspensions

Racial Justice Now is calling upon the Dayton district to reduce out-of-school suspensions, citing that the district's suspensions rate is four times higher than the state average. In addition, the community activist group said there is a racial disparity, with black students being suspended more often than other students for the same behavior.

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Antwan Wilson to be new Oakland, Calif., superintendent

The Oakland USD has nominated Antwan Wilson as its new superintendent. Wilson, currently an assistant superintendent with the Denver Public Schools, will take over the 46,000-student district from the acting superintendent, Dr. Gary Yee.

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Group seeks charter school for Indiana juvenile center

A new charter—linked to the Marion County Juvenile Detention Center—is being proposed to give troubled youths a better chance to succeed academically. The Alternatives in Education nonprofit is also proposing the Public Safety Academy charter for students interested in police, firefighting and homeland security careers.

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Dress codes: Where should schools set limits?

Some schools have banned leggings outright. Others have set limits. It might seem a reasonable enough request at a time when school dress codes are common and often supported by teachers and administrators. But how far is too far? And do schools sometimes go too far in pushing back?

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Enhanced Notes feature added to Odysseyware's online curriculum

Odysseyware has added more refinements to its online curriculum platform's new user interface. With the redesigned Notes feature, both students and teachers can now write multiple notes directly in the margins of every assignment.

SMART unveils next generation interactive flat panel for education

SMART Technologies released the SMART Board 6065 interactive flat panel for education. The first in a new line of SMART Board interactive flat panels, it offers ultra-HD 4K resolution to teachers and administrators.

Bill to limit charter growth clears Louisiana committee

The state’s top school board would be prohibited from approving charter schools in districts rated A, B or C under a bill that won narrow approval in the House Education Committee. The proposal would apply in cases where the school was rejected by the local school board.

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Missouri district to fast track new school construction

With voter approval of Proposition G, Lindbergh Schools officials in St. Louis are looking to fast track the construction of a new elementary school. A total of $23.9 million of the $34 million bond issue will fund the construction, designed to address the district's aggressive enrollment growth.

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Illinois bill would limit suspensions, end fines for students

In the midst of national efforts to promote disciplinary policies that keep children in the classroom, legislation that would limit the length of suspensions for all but the most serious infractions and put an end to disciplinary fines is under consideration in Illinois.

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