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Common Core passes field test — with a few snags

Field testing for the Common Core assessments wrapped up in June, with districts in 36 states reporting mostly successful first runs despite some challenges around technology, test questions and scheduling.

Moore County names Grimesey as next superintendent

Robert Grimesey was selected by the North Carolina county' Board of Education as the new superintendent. Grimesey comes from the Orange County public school system in northern Virginia. He will succeed Aaron Spence, who left Moore County to lead the school system of Virginia Beach, Va.

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New superintendent hired for Connecticut town

Timothy F. Connellan was appointed as the new superintendent for Southington School District's 11 schools. He has been Oxford’s superintendent since 2012 and before that was the superintendent of Bethany schools.

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Camden, N.J., to layoff 241 across 26 schools

Camden education officials announced 241 layoffs across the district’s 26 schools, including 206 teachers. The New Jersey district began the most recent budget process with a $75 million deficit, including a $42 million operating budget shortfall.

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Immigrant right to education reaffirmed

The Justice Department should be commended for reaffirming the rights of all children to access public education. The goal of U.S. school districts should not be to intimidate potential students, but to welcome and educate them.

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Some Maine schools lag in quantifying student success

The class of 2018 at high schools throughout Maine will be the first to graduate under a proficiency-based system mandated by a 2012 law. But the implementation of the system is proving to be a daunting task, requiring technical and financial resources school districts are finding difficult to obtain.

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Massachusetts city votes for $446 million budget

The Springfield School Committee approved a $446 million school budget, avoiding teacher layoffs in fiscal year 2015 due to a hiring freeze and a 20 percent cut, mostly through attrition, in central office positions.

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Louisiana approves public school spending plan revisions

The state’s school board approved revisions in its $3.6 billion spending plan for public schools. The changes, including revisions to avoid automatic school aid hikes in future years, won support from several influential school groups, including the Louisiana Association of School Superintendents.

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Closings and boundary changes considered for Ill. district overcrowding

Elgin Area School District U-46 will again be considering boundary changes, and perhaps even closings, as student enrollment declines in some elementary schools, while others are increasingly overcrowded. A report found that 10 elementary schools are underutilized while two are over capacity, with more than 95 percent utilization.

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Kansas to consider new limits on school food fundraisers

Next year, schools could hold a limited number of food fundraisers during the school day. The proposal before the Kansas Board of Education would allow each organization within a school to hold one fundraiser per semester that features foods or beverages that do not meet the federal nutrition guidelines.

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