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It's time to re-evaluate the pre-eminence of high school sports

High school football is a great source of community spirit and pride for many towns. It's practically unpatriotic to suggest options other than our current paradigm. And who's to say that an academically-driven schedule in Sayreville would have protected those boys from criminal assault? But our Friday Night Lights fixation is getting in the way of student learning.

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LAUSD superintendent resigns

Facing criticism over the rollout of an ambitious plan to put a personal computing device in the hands of every student, Superintendent John Deasy stepped down from his post with LAUSD. Deasy is credited with improving test scores and increasing graduation rates for the district. Ramon Cortines, a former Los Angeles superintendent, will serve as interim superintendent.

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PRIME Initiative selects new high schools for manufacturing program

The SME Education Foundation’s Partnership Response In Manufacturing Education (PRIME) initiative has selected six new high schools in Montana, Kentucky, California, Florida and Ohio to participate in its program. PRIME creates connections between manufacturing high school students, educators and the industry to train students and drive interest and awareness in manufacturing.

Triumph Learning lauches Waggle SBAC

The assessments for Triumph Learning's new Waggle for the Smarter Balance Assessment Consortium (SBAC) include 26 different item types. Smarter Balance is one of two multi-state consortia awarded funding from the U.S. Department of Education in 2010 to develop a Common Core-aligned assessment system by the 2014-2015 school year.

New projecter introduced by Canon U.S.A.

Canon U.S.A., Inc. released its new high brightness REALiS WUX6000 Installation LCOS projector for medium-to-large display environments. The new projector offers multiple image-mode settings and adjustments, a choice of optional Genuine Canon projection lenses and motorized lens shift.

Green surroundings linked to higher student test scores

Exposure to nature has long been linked to lower stress levels and mental alertness, but a new study finds it is also associated with higher scores on a standardized test. Even after controlling for factors such as race and parental income, Massachusetts third graders with greater outside exposure showed better English and math academic performance, a new study reports in the online journal PLoS One.

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School construction bond and levy proposed for Cleveland construction

Cleveland's school district has put Issue 4, a 37-year, $200 million bond issue and 0.5-mill continuing levy for maintenance, on the ballot this November. The maintenance levy will raise $25 million a year. The bond will help the district replace about 20 additional schools, improve 20 to 23 other schools and maintain facilities.

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What matters more than test scores

Our policymakers' obsession with test scores is unhealthy and counter-productive. We should stop obsessing about test scores and start obsessing about the health and well-being of children and their families. The gains would be far more valuable than a few points on a standardized test.

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Tennessee district's board approves tax hike for school construction

The Lakeland Board of Commissioners moved toward financing new school construction for what would be called Lakeland Prep. The board signaled its intent to raise the city’s property tax rate to finance construction of the new combined middle and high school for the Lakeland school system.

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Don’t let politics kill Illinois’ school funding debate

Equity, fairness and transparency — these are things Illinoisans have lamented about the state’s method of funding schools for decades. However, few have been willing to do the heavy lifting that comes with proposing an overhaul. Let’s have a fair, thoughtful, rhetoric-free debate about the new school funding reform bill.

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