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Indiana lawmakers turn down plan to place ads on school buses

Lawmakers voted down a plan that would have allowed advertising on school buses in Beech Grove, Franklin Township and Zionsville. Some hope to revive the measure in 2015. Although the advertising won Senate approval, the language was removed by House lawmakers during a conference committee.

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Kansas panel adopts school finance reform bill

The Senate's budget committee approved a bill responding to Kansas Supreme Court orders to correct unconstitutional inequities in public school funding that carried an annual price tag of $129 million. The committee also endorsed a bill combining $50 million in state school aid cuts with $9.5 million in per-pupil base state support.

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Oregon's largest district proposes 9 percent staffing increase

Portland Public Schools' officials are looking to add more than 180 full-time positions across the district, including 150 teachers. The proposed spending plan is close to $505 million, nearly $41 million more than current spending levels.

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The two tracks of school reform

For two decades now, education reformers have promoted a two-track strategy for improving our schools with standards-based structure and school choice. However, some degree of transparency and accountability is essential for all choice schools.

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Azar as Mass. regional district's new superintendent

The Dighton-Rehoboth Regional School District has finalized its contract with newly appointed Superintendent Anthony Azar. He is set to begin on June 2 as the acting superintendent and start his official contract on July 1.

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Welch picked for Dedham, Mass., superintendent post

Framingham High School Principal Michael Welch has been picked by Massachusetts' Dedham School Committee as the town’s new superintendent. Starting July 1, he will succeed retiring Superintendent June Doe.

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San Francisco USD picks Edgenuity

Edgenuity has been selected by the San Francisco USD to serve as the district’s online learning provider for all 17 high schools. SFUSD is the seventh largest district in California and serves over 55,000 students each year.

NASSP celebrating National Assistant Principals Week

The National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP) has declared the week of March 31-April 4, 2014 as National Assistant Principals Week to honor and recognize the contributions of assistant principals to the success of students.

Baton Rouge, La., lawmakers seek to restructure school system

Two bills have been submitted to the Baton Rouge Area Chamber that would decrease the number of school board members, shift much of the board and superintendent’s power to over 80 principals and create community enrollment zones.

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Charter to try again in Pennsylvania despite school district stance

Key Charter School, with nearly 400 children pre-registered and plans to buy what was once a private high school, will again try to get permission to open from Harrisburg's public school district officials, despite their many concerns after denying Key Charter's first application two months ago.

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