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Stabbing prompts clear-bag rule at Pennsylvania school

Students have been prohibited from carrying backpacks for years at Franklin Regional, but they are now being asked to replace the allowed drawstring bags with clear plastic bags provided by the schools. The precaution is intended to "bring an added sense of safety and security during the school day as the school community continues to heal," said district spokeswoman Mary Catherine Reljac.

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Proposed Springfield budget cuts central office to avoid teacher layoffs

The Massachusetts city's proposed $446 million school budget for fiscal year 2015 will cut central office positions by 20 percent, mostly through attrition, and institute a hiring freeze to avoid layoffs of teachers. State funding will barely increase while federal grant money will decrease.

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Hoffert named as new superintendent in Indiana hometown

The Warsaw Community Schools named David Hoffert as superintendent of schools. He will replace Craig Hintz, who is retiring as of June 30. Hoffert currently serves as the Assistant Superintendent and Chief Academic Officer in the school district.

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Georgia county stays local with superintendent pick

The Barrow County Board of Education has chosen Chris McMichael, current executive director of teaching and learning, as their choice to take the helm of the district.

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California board approves new Oakland schools chief

Oakland's school board approved a four-year contract for a new superintendent, Antwan Wilson, who will start his job July 1. The current assistant superintendent at Denver Public Schools will takes over from interim Superintendent Gary Yee.

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Louisiana district selects Teachscape

Calcasieu Parish School System in Lake Charles, La., has selected Teachscape to support the effectiveness of teachers and administrators in its 21 priority schools. The district, the fifth largest in the state, will help educators engage in collaborative professional learning based on instructional data collected during teacher evaluations.

North Carolina public schools not broken – yet

Contrary to what often passes for conventional wisdom, the state’s public schools are not broken. But they do face a looming crisis. As the student dropout rate decreases, the teacher “dropout rate” is skyrocketing. If resources are not dedicated to pay teachers more now, the children and state will pay a hefty price.

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Requests to roll back new healthy lunch guidelines

The School Nutrition Association and a number of schools are calling on Congress and the U.S. Department of Agriculture to ease up on the next round of federal healthy food requirements, due July 1.

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Philadelphia school leaders push City Council for more funding

Making a case for a massive infusion of new funding, Philadelphia School District officials told the city council that it had an obligation to do more. Without $216 million in new funding, the district may increase class sizes to up to 41 students, lay off 1,000 employees including teachers and cancel union contracts.

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Hooda Math unveils new, free math games

Hooda Math launched three new games: Integer Tilt, Sand Grid and Time Punch. The games review essential math concepts like integers, coordinate pairs and telling time in an engaging way. All three games cover Common Core grade level standards and are equipped with an email reporting feature.