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Pennsylvania state auditor points to lack of charter oversight

Oversight of charter schools in Pennsylvania is "a mess," state Auditor General Eugene DePasquale has concluded. To help clean it up, DePasquale is calling for creating an independent charter oversight board, restoring charter reimbursements for school districts, and requiring the state to pick up the tab for cyber charter schools.

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Texas-sized school bonds sweep state

Arlington school officials, with passage of the district’s $663 million bond package, aren’t the only ones coming off a win. Across Texas, voters approved 84 percent of the $6.2 billion in bond packages on ballots in local elections this past week, according to initial results.

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High school students gain exposure to university-level STEM

The University of California, Irvine's STEM University Preparation Program (STEM UPP) is a set of online modules designed to help newly admitted undergraduate students and high school students entering their senior year prepare for the academic rigor of university-level STEM studies.

itslearning chosen by two large city districts

Minneapolis Public Schools and Houston Independent School District have selected itslearning's cloud-based learning platform to optimize, support and expand personalized learning and instructional experiences for the combined student populations of more than 240,000 students.

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Sleep-deprived teens are at greater risk for health-behavioral problems

Adolescents who get six hours of sleep or less may face health and behavior issues, particularly those who get five hours of sleep per night on a regular basis, confirms a recent study published in Preventive Medicine.

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Robots revolutionize STEM in schools

The new breed of robots rolling, dancing and flying into classrooms is giving educators at all grade levels an engaging new tool to fire students’ enthusiasm for math, computer programming and other STEM-related subjects.

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.