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‘Transformation zone’ pitched to win back Indianapolis schools

Indianapolis Public Schools has a shot at recovering some of its most struggling schools from state intervention. State officials are asking the district to pitch its plan for a “transformation zone” to initiate district-led turnaround supports for its lower-performing schools, instead of having outside companies step in.

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Should N.C. consolidate its small school districts?

It is possible that the state's small school districts are very efficient, and can make the case that there are no great savings to be had with consolidation. But the state pays around 60 percent of K12 costs in North Carolina. In exchange for that, the legislature has a right to ask hard questions about consolidation.

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Most schools still don’t meet federal nutrition standards

When schools aren’t forced to provide healthy food, they usually don’t, according to a study published in JAMA Pediatrics. For the small percentage of kids who did attend schools that revamped nutrition before the federally mandated USDA guidelines in 2010, researchers saw positive trends for obesity rates, suggesting wider execution really could lead to better health for students.

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Philadelphia schools see 40 applications for new charters

After the Philadelphia School District announced that it would accept applications for new charter schools for the first time in seven years, it received 40 submissions. If all are approved, the schools eventually could add 40,341 more seats in charter schools in a district that already has 67,000.

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Texas ISD chooses TalentEd Recruit & Hire to manage applicant tracking

The nation’s 22nd-largest school system, Cypress-Fairbanks ISD, has selected Netchemia’s TalentEd Recruit & Hire to manage its applicant tracking and hiring processes.

Common Core really is all about the tests (and corporate profits)

There may be aspects of the Common Core Standards that are useful to students and teachers. The problem is that student learning is just collateral damage in No Child Left Behind, Race to the Top and Common Core. From the start, Common Core has always been primarily about corporate profits and high-stakes testing.

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Judge refuses to stop state funding to La. charter schools

The flow of state money to 33 charter schools authorized by Louisiana’s education board will continue, a judge decided, but a teachers’ union and the Iberville Parish school system will get another chance to stop it in December. The union and school system contend the use of state money at the charter schools is unconstitutional.

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Destination Imagination partners with PCG Education

Through a new partnership with Destination Imagination (DI), PCG Education will repurpose and incorporate DI hands-on STEM, arts and service learning content into in-school curriculum and afterschool programs for K12 students. PCG will also partner with DI to deliver summer camp programming.

Focus on play in kindergarten may improve grades, study says

Training teachers to promote structured play among kindergarteners yields improved reading, vocabulary and math scores that persist into first grade, according to a new study on the "Tools for the Mind" technique.

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Paul Casciano to retire as William Floyd schools superintendent

Paul Casciano, who became superintendent of the New York school district eight years ago at one of the most tumultuous times in its 181-year history, will retire at the end of the school year. The longtime educator has more than 40 years in the district as a student, teacher, principal and its top official.

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