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Ohio districts caught up in data-scrubbing scandal see ratings falter

The Ohio Department of Education has lowered the ratings of six school districts which previously misrepresented student performance. The action is a follow-up to the State Auditor’s finding that schools around the state “scrubbed” test results from lower performing students before submitting their data to the state.

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Colo. outreach program tries to boost immunization rates and reporting

In addition to requiring schools to disclose vaccination and exemption rates upon request, a recent bill requires the state Department of Public Health and Environment to create an immunization information website, help schools analyze student immunization data and establish rules on the frequency of submitted exemption forms.

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Sixth largest Florida district asks for $800 million bond referendum

The Broward County School Baord voted to ask voters to approve a 30-year, $800 million bond referendum this fall. The bond funding would only cover a third of the district's $2 billion in capital needs. The district is still determining which projects would get funded.

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Study finds widespread fraud, mismanagement and waste in charters

A report by Integrity in Education and the Center for Popular Democracy—two groups that oppose school privatization—presents evidence of inadequate, proactive oversight of the charter school industry. The alleged amount of fraud and abuse the report uncovered totaled $136 million in the 15 states they studied.

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High school agriculture programs flourish as farms dwindle

Along with high school programs, membership in Future Farmers of America is up to about 580,000—nearly double its ranks of the mid-1980s. That spike dispels the notion the national organization is merely a haven for farm kids, given that the number of U.S. farms are on a long-term downward trend.

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Neuhaus Education Center launches multi-platform reading program

Neuhaus Education Center, a nonprofit organization promoting reading success and literacy locally and nationally, has launched Neuhaus Academy. The program provides free self-paced, online programs with videos and phonetic instruction.

Overhaul of Pennsylvania's special ed funding formula proposed

Identical bills in Pennsylvania's House and Senate are making an attempt to overhaul what educators and lawmakers agree is an outdated and inequitable funding formula for special education. The proposed legislation uses a three-tiered approach to account for students who need varying levels of extra support.

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Early access offered to Capstone's PebbleGo beta version

Capstone is offering early access to a beta version of its pre-K3 research solution PebbleGo. PebbleGo 2.0 features a new interface optimized for the iPad, Android, Kindle Fire HD and other mobile devices, as well as enhancements to PebbleGo's Animals, Biographies, Earth and Space and Social Studies database modules.

LearnZillion's 2014 Dream Team to create resources

LearnZillion's 2014 Dream Team of 200 math and English language arts teachers will convene in New Orleans for TeachFest. The group's summer-long collaboration will culminate in the creation of formative assessment tools and resources that will support teachers implementing the Common Core.

Google Classroom offers assignment center for students and teachers

Google is launching Classroom, a new offering in its Google Apps for Education to provide students and teachers with a central place to create, store, organize and provide feedback for classroom assignments. The service is in beta and available only in some schools.

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