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K12 administrators affirm need to continue E-rate

One hundred percent of over 400 K12 district administrators participating in a national Schoolwires survey responded that hosting should remain funded by the FCC as a Priority One Service within the E-rate program.

A sharper eye on Florida transfers

In 2012, Florida made transfers within districts easier for scholastic and athletic reasons. Subsequently, the number of transfers increased. In one county, district officials launched an internal review of district policies after multiple athletes transferred to one school. Perhaps the review will address the questionable matter of recruiting.

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Michigan district names Catherine Cost as superintendent

Wrapping up a three-month search, the Wyandotte board chose Catherine Cost as the district's new superintendent. She has been serving as assistant superintendent of instruction at Farmington Public Schools since 2006.

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Governor’s Schools enhance Pennsylvania’s agricultural strength

The School for the Agricultural Sciences is the newest addition to the Pennsylvania Governor’s School of Excellence, a program that exposes high school students to a variety of STEM fields. It will be a month-long program where students will learn about agriculture and natural resources.

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$665 million Jersey City budget approved with 1.5 percent tax hike

The New Jersey district passed a $665 million budget for the 2014-2015 school year that will result in a 1.5 percent increase in the tax levy. The tax hike was due to a combination of rising costs in the district and state funding that remained relatively flat.

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Armed resource officers part of security upgrade in Spokane, Wash.

Security upgrades in Spokane Public Schools' system call for resource officers to also become police department reserve officers to receive training in case law, patrol procedures, crisis intervention and firearms. The district and police department have drafted a three-year agreement and hope to finalize it in June.

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Duane Coleman as new head of Oceanside, Calif. schools

The Oceanside Unified School District has selected Duane Coleman, the associate superintendent of educational services, to succeed retiring Superintendent Larry Perondi as of July 1.

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Chicago's school closing process last year declared a success

Following the city's large school closing process last year, a district analysis of the Chicago schools consolidated with the closed 47 elementary schools showed that incidents of misconduct were down in schools that took in children from closed schools and grade point averages had risen.

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Massachusetts adopts new charter cap proposal

Lawmakers resurrected a bill that would allow more charter schools in underperforming districts but did not address reimbursement increases to traditional public schools.

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Wisconsin district will vote on scaled-back behavior plan

The Madison School Board is weighing whether to implement a new student discipline policy across the district next school year or to try it out as a pilot program first for a year in 11 schools with higher numbers of reported behavioral problems.

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