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Maine superintendent changes districts after less than a year

Keith Laser, who has been superintendent of Calais' schools for less than a year, is headed to Lincoln to lead Regional School Unit 67 for the next three years. Laser is currently under a two-year contract with Calais as well.

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Young teachers stick around, bringing tech savvy

In 2007, about 200,000 teachers started in the education workforce, one of the largest groups of beginners to join public schools in a single year. New research shows many of them remain teachers, despite one of the most tumultuous periods in U.S. education.

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Louisiana's pilot programs to prep aspiring teachers

Seven pilot programs will receive $120,000 Believe and Prepare grants from the Department of Education to create full-year residencies or apprenticeships for aspiring teachers. The programs may partner with teacher preparation programs to redesign theory-based academic coursework into school-based, practice-oriented coursework.

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Maryland city's school budget has board seeing red

A slowdown in revenue has Baltimore officials looking for budget adjustments that won't require the system to raid its rainy-day fund or cut central office positions and programs. The $31 million deficit in next year's budget is due to a decrease in grant funding, fluctuating financial commitments and a halt to rapid growth in enrollment.

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Nevada county board approves $2.2 billion budget

Clark County's board approved a $2.2 billion budget for the 2014-2015 school year that includes money for more teachers, assistant principals, deans, buses, school support staff and full-day kindergarten classrooms. The district expects a $61 million increase in revenue and plans to eliminate $7 million in contracts.

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Dwindling numbers trigger mandatory consolidation for Arkansas district

The state Board of Education voted to consolidate the Stephens district with three neighboring districts because of dwindling enrollment. Enrollment in the district fell below the minimum number of students required for two consecutive years, triggering mandatory consolidation or annexation with one or more districts under state law.

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Principals to assume more authority under Louisiana district overhaul

A state Senate panel approved a bill that would overhaul the East Baton Rouge Parish school system. The proposal would give principals new authority in a bid to improve student performance and allow for more parental input through newly created community school councils.

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Wisconsin school libraries to receive $30.2 million

Public districts throughout the state will share $30.2 million in library aid, which will be paid this month from the Common School Fund. Wisconsin has state funding specifically designated for the purchase of materials for school libraries. Aid is based on the number of children between the ages of 4 and 20 living in each district.

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